For more than a quarter century, Margolis Nursery has helped beautify landscapes with its selection of plants, trees, and supplies. A hearty collection of shrubbery cures the doldrums of a dejected lawn, with 2-gallon gold-cluster forsythias promising to brighten yards with bushes of golden yellow ($14) and 5-gallon endless summer hydrangeas joyously deploying their cool hues ($41). The 6- to 7-foot flowering dogwood ($100), famous for its bunches of hot-colored bracts and inability to operate a motor vehicle, spruces the vertical plane with its delicate umbels. Beneath all manicured shrubbery is a Monty Python reference and a solid foundation, obtainable in a variety of soils and mulches such as topsoil ($21/cu. yd.) or hardwood mulch ($27/cu. yd.), which brings out the vibrant colors of the plants it supports with its earthy tones. Margolis' green-thumbed staff provides free consultations for tentative gardeners and lawn enthusiasts ready to fill in the void between the sidewalk and the house.
The florists at Norton's understand the thoughtful sentiment behind a vase full of velvety roses, a ribbon-strewn corsage, or a summery bouquet, handmaking each floral masterpiece to complement a wide range of special occasions. They owe their expertise to Norton's well-established tradition as a local institution and family-run enterprise—the shop traces its origins back to 1892, an age when men still wore hats, horse-drawn carriages roamed the streets, and a gift of flowers was a legally binding marriage contract. Today, Norton's creates gifts for nearly any occasion, from bright yellow flowers in a smiley-face vase for Get Well messages, to full-scale designs of arrangements and bouquets for weddings.
Emblazoned with the company motto—“We Deliver the WOW!”—Norton's fleet of brightly colored delivery vans travels throughout Washtenaw County seven days a week, brightening homes with floral well-wishes, unique gifts, and romantic roses.
Ken's Flowers, a top-ranked Teleflora and FTD merchant, brims with an ambrosial array of bouquets, flanked by scented candles, fine wines, and a bevy of edible delights. A sun-drenched potted chrysanthemum beams photosynthetic love rays ($19.95), and delicate stargazer lilies nestle ethereally in a crystalline vase ($25). A dozen roses present an ideal means of identifying oneself to blind dates and showcasing powerful 12-rose-gripping jaw power ($25). The shop's blossom artists sculpt European-style, contemporary, and traditional bouquets, as well as dried and silk arrangements.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.
Owner Ken Fil and his clan of experts at Van Winkle Mattress Company work tirelessly to help their clients to get a good night's sleep. They carry mattresses from brands such as Corsicana, Sealy Posturepedic, and Sealy Embody, as well as futon mattresses from Wolf Corporation. Their large selection includes styles that run the gamut from firm to plush and memory foam to latex. In addition to standard sizes ranging from twin to king, Van Winkle takes orders for custom sizes and mattresses equipped with hyperspeed capabilities for optimum space exploration. Staffers also stock the showroom with home essentials including beds, headboards, futons, frames, and other accessories in addition to furnishings from brands such as Leggett & Platt and World Imports.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area—some indoor and some outdoor—takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96–100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom—never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.