As the sun dips below Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center’s grain silo, local musicians gather in the high-ceilinged hall against the backdrop of patchwork quilts and antique farm tools. They sing gospel, country, and folk songs that have been passed down for generations. Events such as these are one facet of the museum’s mission to honor and uphold rural traditions. In addition to the monthly jam sessions, the 12,000-square-foot facility hosts quilting circles, line dancing, and other skill-swapping events. Curators spotlight the region’s agrarian past by recruiting antique-farming tools and folk art and freeing hopelessly lost scarecrows from corn mazes. In addition to shining a light on the region’s past, the museum strives to support current culture makers; The hall serves as a gallery space for local artists, and during the youth-led Kids’ Day local teens teach tykes creative skills.
The laundry masters at family-owned Hi-Tone Cleaners suss out stains and eradicate unpleasant odors with a variety of services honed over the course of three decades. Clothes caretakers make linens preen under the affectionate grandmother-like embrace of a dry cleaning, and shirts bask in the soppiness, then dryness, of an old-fashioned laundering. The team can also shape up ill-fitting duds during alterations and repairs and grant boots with enthusiastic go-go owners a pulchritude-bestowing makeover during shoe care and repair. Hi-Tone Cleaners' stain fighters also makes same-day services available in case of dry-cleaning emergencies such as an impromptu party or a rumor that Publishers Clearing House will show up by the end of the day.
The canine experts at PetVilla believe that blueberry facials and CPR aren’t just for two-legged creatures. The staff trains in dog-first-aid courses, ensuring the safety of their animal guests, who visit for play-filled days of doggy daycare or stay overnight under 24-hour watch. While boarding, the pooches sleep in lodging dens with cots and join daycare guests for frolicking in specialized groups. Senior canines relax on their own, whereas puppies join each other to romp about and prank call Clifford the Big Red Dog.
PetVilla also pampers its four-legged customers with grooming services. These range from basic ear cleaning and gland expression to luxurious facials and fur styling. The groomers have even been known to give pooches green mohawks before St. Patrick’s day or walks through a punk-rock festival.
The shipping specialists at Pak Mail see cargo to its destination through time-tested air-, ground-, and ocean-shipping routes. Using double-walled corrugated boxes and made-to-size containers, Pak Mail's staff custom-packs and ships large and cumbersome cargo, from guitars to bicycles or taxidermied yetis. Artwork and fragile goods are cosseted in scratch-preventing wraps and layers of styroboard to prevent mishandling and mishaps. Pak Mail also houses three sizes of onsite mailboxes, handy for at-home business owners.