Businesses throughout Lansing continue to thrive for decades after being founded. Serving the community also means going well behind the boundaries of the village with clients from all over the Chicagoland area, including Northwest Indiana.
Four of those businesses – Lansing Floral Shop, Lansing Heating & Air Conditioning, Mulch Masters and Ted’s Feed Store – illustrate that tradition of family-owned businesses making a hometown mark on the entire area.
LANSING FLORAL SHOP & GREENHOUSE A PLACE OF BEAUTY
Fresh flowers and plants provide the backdrop for beauty and creativity at Lansing Floral & Greenhouse.
Located at 3420 Ridge Road, the shop continues to showcase the talents of brothers Jim and Sherman Mayerak, second-generation florists, and their staff of professional designers after more than 45 years in business.
“We are an FTD® Master Florist, which means a lot. For every 100 florists, there are less than 1% of companies all over the world that have this designation,” says Jim Mayerak.
The FTD® Master Florist Program is an elite program only available to members with "best-in-class" quality and service. To be eligible for the Master Florist designation, Lansing Floral & Greenhouse has to demonstrate a record of fulfilling and delivering FTD orders in a timely manner and with a level of quality consistent with the FTD Quality Star program.
The addition of the 1,000-square foot greenhouse has expanded the business, allowing the Mayeraks and their staff to grow flowers and plants on site.
“We have many different plants as well as hundreds of dish gardens,” he says.
Lansing Floral delivers to 150 cities and towns all over Northwest Indiana, all of Chicago and South Suburbs.
“We specialize in a large inventory of fresh flowers, tropical, plants, European/dish gardens, contemporary and traditional arrangements, high-style floral arrangements, silk arrangements, weddings, funeral designs, gourmet and fruit baskets and candles,” he says.
Special orders are a specialty of Lansing Floral & Greenhouse. Same day service is offered on all orders in by 2 p.m.
“We use locally grown roses that are fresh cut. We deliver to all of Chicago and the Metropolitan area as well as Northwest Indiana. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt,” Mayerak says.
“Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.”
Right now, the staff of seven floral designers are preparing for Sweetest Day on Saturday, Oct. 19.
“We’re also looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day,” Mayerak says.
Many would think Valentine’s Day is the most popular occasion for giving flowers. However, Mayerak says, Mother’s Day is actually the number one holiday for flowers and plants.
“Everybody has a mother. Not everyone has a Valentine,” he says with a chuckle.
Lansing Floral & Greenhouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The shop is closed on Sundays.
For more information, call (708) 474-1212 or toll-free (800) 352-9227. Also visit online at www.lansingfloral.com/.
LANSING HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING KEEPS YOU COMFORTABLE
Whether it’s scorching heat or below-zero wind chills outside, your home or business will be an oasis of comfort with the help of Lansing Heating & Air Conditioning.
Located at 17823 Torrence Ave., the company has been serving all of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana for 41 years. Dale Botma founded Lansing Heating & Air Conditioning in 1971. His son, Todd, continues his father’s legacy today.
An authorized Carrier ® dealer, Lansing Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide variety of products that help you customize a solution that’s right for you.
Among those air conditioning products are the Infinity™ Series which is the premier series of products offering the highest in excellence that Carrier's experts have developed. Others include the Performance™ Series and the Comfort™ Series.
And to create comfort that’s right for everyone, Carrier technology even allows you to manage conditions independently in up to 8 zones of your home. This ensures ideal comfort for varying environments.
Lansing Heating & Air Conditioning also offers the following Carrier products:
• Heat Pumps which are central air conditioners that can also heat your whole home. Paired with a gas furnace, they offer energy-use options and extra heating options. This combination is called Hybrid Heat.
• Geothermal Heat Pumps tap into the earth’s surface, using the energy and relatively consistent heat found in the earth, a pond or well water instead of using outside air. These geothermal heat pumps provide both cooling and heating.
• Furnaces are available for the type of fuel or heat source your home has. For example, the Infinity® 96 furnace is so efficient at using fuel, the only furnace more efficient at burning fuel is the Sun. Carrier furnaces are highly efficient - the higher the AFUE rating, the greater the efficiency.
• Boilers offer a perfect heat source for your home’s radiant system. The innovative Carrier gas- and oil-fired boilers deliver consistent warmth without the noise and draft associated with forced air systems. The higher the AFUE percentage, the more energy efficient.
• Air Quality Solutions improve your home's health by enhancing the quality of the air inside. Carrier humidifiers help you control air moisture, ventilators bring fresh air into your home air filters clean the air before it circulates, advanced ultraviolet lamps eliminate germs and bacteria, and carbon monoxide alarms measure and detect CO levels in the home.
• Controls & Thermostats come in a wide variety of highly engineered models.
• Duct Cleaning removes dust, bacteria and other problems that can linger in the duct system of your home and affect breathing.
For additional information, call (708) 474-4650. The fax number is (708) 474-4671. Or check online at www.lansingheating.net/index.php.
MULCH MASTERS ONE OF AREA’S LARGEST DISTRIBUTORS OF 100% RECYCLED MATERIALS
An environmentally friendly company, Mulch Masters at 17900 Harper Ave. in Lansing is one of the area's largest distributors of mulch, all of which is composed of 100% recycled materials.
The wide range of options includes premium hardwood, natural blend, cypress, cedar and brick red.
For example, enriched mulch is a vibrant decorative mulch that accents your flower and shrub beds when used as an design element. It also retains is vivid color year around.
Premium Hardwood Mulch is a double-processed produce that adds a touch of elegant and rich brown color. One of Mulch Master’s most popular products, this mulch is great for accenting shrubs and flower beds.
The finest mulch yet, Ultra Fine has the consistency of coffee grounds and is perfect for those who want the finest textured mulch. It does break down than other mulches, which provides nutrients more rapidly for the soil.
Another choice is Double Shredded Hardwood for those who prefer more texture in their mulch. The dark medium brown adds beauty to any landscaping.
The Natural Blend is a blend of wood that gives landscaping a more chip-like in a light medium color that’s also an economical alternative to shredded mulch.
Certified Playground Mulch has been tested by American Society for Testing and Materials to meet its standards. This soft, uniform, processed mulch is made exclusively for playground areas.
Woodchips are rugged chips straight from the chipper that may contain leaves and twigs. They are perfect for natural walkways.
Rubber Mulch is also ASTM tested, comes in a variety of colors and is perfect for accents everything from flower beds to playgrounds. Mulch Masters stocks Redwood and Brown, but can order Black, Sandwood, Blue and Green. There are one cubic foot bags at the business and this product can also be special ordered in bulk.
Weed Barrier stocks a variety including 2 oz. WeedStopper Spunbond; 3 oz. Professional Spunbond and 3.1 oz. Professional Nonwoven. Mulch Masters can also special order a wide variety of other weed and erosion control products to meet specific needs.
Pick-up or delivery options are available.
Hours of operation are weather-permitting. Summer hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday with Saturday by appointment only. Closed on Sunday.
For more information, call (708) 889-9600 or log on to www.mulch-masters.com/index.htm
TED’S FEED STORE CATERS TO PETS
For the past 65 years, the big red barn at 180th and Burnham Avenue has stood for quality, knowledgeable staff and friendly service.
Originally Ted's Feed Store hatched and sold baby chicks as well as feed and eggs to local farm families. Perched on a feed barrel puffing on his pipe, Ted waited for customers and carried every purchase to their cars.
Ted’s Feed Store remains a family business. Ted’s wife, Annie, and her children and grandchildren continued to grow the business with products to meet the needs of the community. The third generation remains involved in the business, changing the direction of the feed store to focus on pet food and supplies.
“In the years to come, we will continue to serve Lansing with a large selection of pet products, experienced staff and, as always, free carryout service,” says Mary Rhone, store manager.
Bulk seed is still scooped fresh by the pound. Ted's also carries food, treats, toys, cages, bedding, and feeders.
“We are also eager to serve our customers with special orders and we carry a wide variety of all natural quality dog and cat foods,” Rhone says.
“We carry raw food and have three freezers for raw pet food,” she says of the newest trend in pet foods. Ted’s Feed Store now carries three lines of these popular pet meals, each with a frequent buyer program.
One is Pure-Vita from the makers of Nutri-Source premium pet foods. This natural, holistic line of dog food comes in chicken and rice, duck and oatmeal and salmon and potato.
The staff also introduced grain-free food by Canidae, which include beef and ocean fish formulas as well as two grain-free formulas. And, because of the popularity of Innova's Evo Red Meat formula, the staff now offers a red meat diet in their regular Innova line of dog food. It is available in large and small bites.
A selection of birds, bunnies and small animals is also available for sale and add to the enjoyment of shopping at Ted's. Bird services such as wing and nail clipping are available by appointment.
While shopping at Ted's, customers have the opportunity to meet the staff who together has more than 60 years of combined pet and wildlife experience.
Customers appreciate the warm greeting and discussing their pets’ needs with knowledgeable staff. The employees also enjoy assisting customers in selecting products to care for the pets, Rhone says. “Returning customers who are satisfied and enjoying their recent purchases make us feel great!”
Store Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. For more information, call (708) 474-3000 or go to tedsfeedstore.com.