For more than 50 years, the trio of optical specialists at Council Opticians have specialized in enhancing their clients' sight. Dr. Robert Gouinlock prescribes glasses and contact lens while also providing exams to detect potential health issues. Optician Donna Kabel specializes in matchmaking patients with flattering styles, helping tour the store's library of designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray Ban, and Michael Kors. Greg Kardach rounds out the group with decades of experience as an optician, a skill he now uses to repair glasses. For quick convenience after appointments, the trio works in an onsite lab that allows them to produce or fix eyewear within an hour, a much faster method than tying magnifying glasses and chicken wire together.
Ace Hardware's handy employees help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warrantee repair tasks for dozens of manufacturers, returning your snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home décor, men's and women's clothing, and housewares.
The staff members at Salmon Creek Nursery know plants. Much of the vast inventory of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees are grown onsite at the 45-year-old family-owned nursery, allowing the staff to make sure each plant is healthy from the time it sprouts to the day it's adopted into a new garden. When not tending to the needs of trees, on-staff landscapers are ready and waiting to help customers to create their own inspiring outdoor spaces, filling up backyards or spare bathtubs with all manner of flora.Walking through the lush, meticulously tended nursery feels like strolling through a park. A footbridge carries visitors past a diminutive waterfall, and Japanese maples and fruit trees admire their reflections and elegant limbs in a wide, still pond. The view is decidedly more rustic inside the garden center, where lanterns, baskets, and wooden chairs hang suspended from tree trunks that reach toward the roof, and vintage wheelbarrows teem with everything from plants and potting soil to garden stones etched with inspirational messages.
A 1997 recipient of the Century Farms award from the New York State Agricultural Society, Stokoe Farm populates its 3,000 acres with more than 25 autumnal activities for fall-loving families. Antique tractors transport festivalgoers to patches where pumpkins of varying girth await plucking from their vines (priced per pound) and a corn maze coaxes voyagers to pilot their way to numerous fun stations or scarecrow dance-offs. A 70-foot underground tube, haychute, and four-lane open slide launches patrons down delightful descents, determined pedal car drivers hug race-track corners, and contesting comrades roll through finish lines in tractor-wheel racers. As puppets at the Hillbilly Henhouse educate and entertain rapt audiences, children and adults gather in the farm coup to visit its baby chicks. Though not included in this Groupon, the County Gift Barn stocks its shelves with fresh cider, local maple syrup, and fancy gourds perfect for imbuing porches with seasonal flair or stepping in as a backup partner for racquetball games.
The slight breeze one feels upon entering A Gentle Touch Pet Care Services, Inc.’s breed-standard grooming facility is generated not by fans, but by feverishly wagging tails. Dogs who find themselves in the certified groomers’ care have ample reasons for excitement, starting with a hydromassage bath that washes mud from paws and undersides with soothing jets. Owner Charlene Hibbs watches over the proceedings, drawing on knowledge gleaned from her advanced pet-sitting courses at A Pet’s World Academy in Loomis, California, to gently coax away stresses and existential crises triggered by endless, meaningless games of fetch.
Charlene and her fellow groomers tend to cats as well as dogs, with spa packages that include scented facial scrubs, aromatherapy treatments, and hair conditioners designed to prevent itching and shedding. In-home cat-sitting services include at least half an hour of feline care so that cats don’t have to face traumatic travel experiences, such as explaining why they can’t buckle their seatbelts properly.
Lavocat's welcomes nature cultivators of all kinds into its lushly packed nursery, replete with plants, pots, supplies, and a convivial staff. More than 800 varieties of shrubs, flowers, and other greenery fill 11 greenhouses, tempting gardeners to experiment with different types of verdant life or inject new accents into old gardens. Green-thumbed caretakers can create aerial gardens with 10-inch hanging baskets ($14.99) or add splashes of color to soil with flats of annuals such as alyssum and begonias ($11.50+). One-gallon perennials include Silver Mound artemisia and Solar Flare baptisia ($5.99–$7.99), which can accent yards from year to year. A series of small 4.5-inch potted plants make cylindrical, leafy reimaginings of Stonehenge infinitely simpler to construct ($2.99+).
Christopher Robins Pet Care nurtures dogs and cats through daycare and boarding, grooming, training, and pet photography services. During dog boarding, each visiting pet receives a customized schedule, allowing older dogs more one-on-one attention and relaxation while more energetic dogs scamper through the facilities in group play sessions. Dog daycare similarly customizes playtime with three separate play areas. Cats and dogs visiting for grooming sessions receive a bath, treatment with shampoo and conditioner, and a haircut.