After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.
Sylvan Storage protects personal wares with a legion of 130 storage units. Banish cherished clutter or delinquent roommates to a 5'x10', 10'x10', or 10'x15' unit, each of which are rented out on a monthly basis. Sylvan will provide ample space for each owner’s possessions, allowing for clients to stow away such intermittently needed items as small commercial inventories, paper records, seasonal vehicles, shoes, and every single number in pi.
No matter where you turn, Sander Hicks's woodwork is probably nearby—the writer, investigative journalist, and artful eye behind Zen Carpentry has graced Manhattan apartments, countryside houses, and the Sacred Space Community Altar at Occupy Wall Street with his creations. At Zen Carpentry, he specializes in crafting customized roofing, furniture, and installations for apartments and houses. Using woods such as birch, sycamore, cherry, and cedar—many of which are recycled—he crafts pieces that range from cabinets and bookshelves to lofted beds, planters, porches, and staircases.
Don and Donna Maines opened Green Thumb Markets in 1971, where they began cultivating buds alongside their young son, David. Though Don and Donna have retired, visitors can still spot David, his wife, and his four boys working in their greenhouse. They tend geraniums, prune roses, and discuss customers’ gardening concerns and methods for keeping lazy poets from using their roses as similes. Giant hanging baskets dangle from the ceiling, the electrically hued, trumpet-shaped blossoms of petunias spilling forth and tangling with ivy geraniums. On the ground, colorful rows of perennials, annuals, and vegetables thrive alongside a variety of topsoils, compost, and environmentally friendly mulches.
The Maines family also runs an onsite bakery, which they stock with their own homemade ice cream, cookies, and pies.
At The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare, it’s not just the little things that count, such as cage-free boarding and the building's double doors, which prevent escapes. It's the big things, too. The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare staff members are certified in animal first aid by the Red Cross, and climate-controlled animal areas offer webcams, which allow clients to check in on their pets. In addition, the daycare space is stocked with plush chairs, toys, and a TV broadcasting dog-related shows. Here, staff members look after pets during the day and offer extended hours so owners don’t have to leave work early. Overnight boarding, bathing and grooming packages, as well as doggy extras, such as massages, training, and personalized walks, are also available.
In 2011, owners Daniel Gualtieri and Samuel Vulcano purchased Swanson Cleaners with the intention of maintaining the Swanson family’s 67-year tradition of reliable, quality dry cleaning. The versatile cleaning experts demonstrate their years of experience by banishing stains and marks from clothes ranging from sweaters and ties to simple two-piece suits and their formal cousins the 12-piece chicken dinners.