When he started Monster Tree Service at the age of 25, Josh Skolnick was already something of a serial entrepreneur. After a fruitful foray into the lawn care business as a teen, Josh successfully launched his own mulch company and, eventually, his current enterprise. He bravely founded Monster Tree Service in 2008—a year when the economy was faltering and many trees moved back in with their parents. It's worth noting, too, that he started his arboreal enterprise without ever having cut down a tree, a testament to his courage and business acumen.
Today, his company continues to flourish, performing a wide variety of tree services, from pruning shrubs to grinding stumps. The outfit will even remove diseased and dead trees from the property. On each service call, a certified expert evaluates the property's trees and shrubs, writing up a free estimate before starting in on any work.
The florists at Ogden City Floral and Gift meticulously craft efflorescent bouquets and colorful arrangements using healthy, vivacious plants and flowers. Bask in the aromatic ambience of the Graceful Wonder bouquet, a burst of pink and white roses matched with Peruvian lilies embracing the reflective romance of a glass vase ($40.69). The Lighthearted Moments mini rose plant, nestled in a woven basket, is a dramatic way to greet the warm weather ($19.99), second only to burning away the legs of all your pants with a magnifying glass and a blowtorch.
In addition to harvesting 300 acres of vegetables, the family behind Black Island Farms strives to succeed in the "agri-tainment" business. To this end, they host field trips and autumnal visits, proving that rural living is far from monotonous. Their courtyard houses more than 20 attractions for families—there's a mountain of straw, a bounce house, and even pig races. Four tractors rumble as they tow hay wagons around the estate and cross into the pumpkin patch. There, passengers disembark and pick out a complimentary pumpkin, choosing by touch or by noting which one moves when they shout "Here, boy!"
Carrots, onions, cabbage, and squash all grow on the farm, but corn often takes the spotlight. That's because in the fall, 26 acres of cornfield transform into multiple mazes called Cornfield MAiZE. The mazes have twists and turns that are appropriate for a wide range of age groups, and when Halloween rolls around, a haunted variant also appears as part of Nightmare Acres.