In business for more than 25 years, the eponymous family behind Tagge’s Famous Fruit cultivates and nurtures a bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and veggies. Today’s Groupon nets eager ghouls and goblins enough locally grown Halloween pumpkins ($2–$7 each) to adorn the most festive domicile or malevolently appointed minivan on the block. Tagge’s fruit stands overflow with the bright-orange gourds, which can be baked into a pie, carved with a spooky face, or baked into a spooky-faced pie.
Native Americans first discovered the naturally warm waters of Crystal Hot Springs during their wintry travels through the Wasatch Mountain ranges. Sheltering that first wave of travelers, the hot springs later soothed the muscles of weary workers of the transcontinental railroad before being incorporated as a business in 1901. Separate hot and cold springs share space some 50 feet from each other, cooling or warming sinews and allowing visitors to immerse themselves in naturally high mineral content. Guests can also take refuge in more than 100 available camping sites and sample the fast and furious dips of the slide park. The aquatic expanse is open seven days a week over both the winter and summer, cooling down visitors during sweltering August days or warming them up after a January footrace against a yeti.
Beyond the 110-year-old Victorian house's rustic green awning, mountains of eclectic home decor and gifts include unique furniture pieces. In addition to goods from renowned brands including Minky Couture, Stonewall Kitchen, Caldrea, Sprout Watches, and Voluspa, the shop boasts sundry locally made wares. A homey feel pervades the shop, as old-fashioned clocks adorn the walls and a cozy kitchen showcases Vietri tableware. Racks of handbags and scarves dangle over accent-furniture pieces and home décor, and glass display cases safeguard Trollbead gold and silver jewelry and glass beads. Teeming with books, games, and stuffed animals, the vibrant kiddie corner distracts child shoppers from playing keep away with decorative lamps.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
The 75 outdoor gurus who staff Al's Sporting Goods guide customers through dense forests of name-brand sporting apparel and adventure goods in its 32,000 square-foot retail store. Vibram five fingers shoes ($84.99) individually wrap each of the wearer's toes in charcoal-black smartwool so that they can better grip the ground and pick up dropped bananas from the floor without an extendable robot arm. The Black Diamond Focus Harness lends rock climbers improved pressure distribution with its 3-D molded foam and bullhorned-shaped waistbelt ($69.95–$69.99), while torsos swaddled in the soft fleece of a women's North Face pullover hoodie ($49.99) can stow an iPod or spare platypus in the garment's interior media pocket.
Nuts For You's vast selection of snacks and treats includes nearly 200 varieties of nuts, dried fruits, peanuts, trail mixes, and candies. Guests can pick up gift trays that combine six varieties of nuts and sweets or grab popcorn, pretzels, and nuts covered in saccharine toppings such as chocolate and butterscotch.