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Richard Jones Landscaping celebrates 30 years in business

Richard Jones Landscaping celebrates 30 years in business

Darien-based landscaper Richard Jones has announced that his company, Richard Jones Landscaping, LLC, is celebrating a milestone: 30 years serving the local community. “I started my business in 1985 maintaining several properties with a small commercial mower and other basic equipment,” Richard recounts. “I now have eight employees, six trucks, and eighty-five full time clients.”...
Looking for: Discounts

Looking for: Discounts

When shopping for jewelry, by all means look for discounts (and there is no downside to asking for one), but care must always be exercised in this regard, since (for the most part) there are no manufacturer’s “list” prices on jewelry, as there would be on, let’s say, name brand watches. If you know what the price of...
Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale set With the unusually snowy winter finally at an end, spring has burst forth, and with it, one of Ridgefield’s most anticipated events: The annual Ballard Greenhouse plant sale, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs. Scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, the plant sale runs Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m....
Ballard Greenhouse plant sale ready to bloom

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale ready to bloom

  When the Ballard Greenhouse plant sale kicks off this Mother’s Day weekend, it also marks the 20th plant sale anniversary for greenhouse director Marie Hale, whose approach has helped make the annual plant sale a highly anticipated regional event. “What I grow is what works — plants I know will be successful — that’s my mantra after 20...

Aquarion offers rain barrels

Do you like a green garden and to conserve water? Aquarion Water Company is again offering for sale discounted rain barrels to its Connecticut customers as part of the company’s water conservation efforts. Rain barrels are an efficient and effective way to store rain water for later use by collecting rain and runoff from a...

Are you a master of procrastination?

Daily, Life Solution Center clients tell me of their struggles with procrastination. This is particularly true for entrepreneurs and those who work as independent agents within larger organizations. It’s also a huge issue for moms and dads on the home front, and teens struggling with getting those homework assignments completed. Essentially, putting off the inevitable...
Roth Fabric, Inc. debuts Norwalk store, warehouse

Roth Fabric, Inc. debuts Norwalk store, warehouse

Roth Fabric, Inc., a 20+ year-old family owned and operated home furnishings and fabric company, has opened a store, warehouse and offices at 22 South Smith Street, Norwalk, according to owner Lori Roth Tompkins. “Our fabrics range from durable, woven textures to luxurious hand painted prints and decorative plaids and stripes,” Lori explains. “Our line,...
The Recipe Box: Warm weather dishes

The Recipe Box: Warm weather dishes

GOLDEN GAZPACHO Bryan Malcarney, Blue Lemon, 15 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, Conn., bluelemonrestaurant.com; Rorys Restaurant, 415 Post Road, Darien, Conn., rorys.net   Ingredients: 2 lb. golden beets 1 large cucumber 1 yellow pepper 1 stalk of celery 3 cloves garlic 2 1/2 cups water ¼ cup sherry wine vinegar 1 lemon Salt and pepper 4 T....
New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2015: 23rd tour features dramatic spaces and distinctive styles

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2015: 23rd tour features dramatic spaces and distinctive styles

On Thursday, May 14, seven New Canaan homeowners will celebrate the 23rd New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour by showcasing their extensively remodeled and newly constructed homes. The homes vary in style and setting, but all feature distinctive trends in upscale kitchen and home design. Ticket guidebooks ($70 for general and $100-plus for patron...
April 2015 Home Personality: Homes designed by notable architects

April 2015 Home Personality: Homes designed by notable architects

173 Ferris Hill Road, New Canaan, Conn. $4,995,000 Architect: Louise Brooks Rachel Walsh, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-912-5908 This New Canaan Colonial style home was designed by Louise Brooks in 2000 and features a long tree-lined driveway leading up to a stone fronted residence with a courtyard. The house was built to take advantage of...
Ballard Greenhouse plant sale scheduled

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale scheduled

With the unusually snowy winter finally at an end, spring has burst forth, and with it, one of Ridgefield’s most anticipated events: The annual Ballard Greenhouse plant sale, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs. Scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, the plant sale runs Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ballard Greenhouse (rain or...
Cultivating a love of houseplants

Cultivating a love of houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to bring nature indoors year-round — minimal green thumb required. “You need some basic knowledge regarding the needs of an individual plant. It’s quite easy as long as you’re paying attention to your watering schedule and providing proper light and humidity,” says Amie Copeland Stark, owner of Mia Flora Gardens in...