Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Stretching across five acres of farmland, this year’s Country Way Corn Maze layout is skulled and crossboned with a pirate theme and treats labyrinth lovers to fascinating trivia about notable piracy practitioners. Adding puzzles within puzzles to the curving corridors of cob are the rubbing stations that families must use to decode the maze’s secret word. Since the maze’s route can be as convoluted and nonsensical as the plots of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, numerous Maize-o-Vision stations give the hopelessly shipwrecked a crow's nest from which they can seek a path back to dry land. A separate mini-maze leads the youngest visitors to stations that teach about farm animals instead.
A multifaceted three-floor retail emporium, Williamson Hardware boasts an array of tools, fuels, décor, and accessories to help customers achieve maximum home and yard enjoyment. The selection of hardware includes light bulbs ($1.99–$24.99), hammers ($4.99–$36.99), tape rulers ($4.99–$24.99), and other gadgetry useful for everyday projects from building Rube Goldberg devices to constructing life-sized statues of Rube Goldberg. Williamson Hardware also features an extensive heating and stove department stocked with stove parts and fireplace accessories, as well as a country cellar trimmed with all the tents, grills, hammocks, and outdoor gear necessary for cooking out, camping, or napping under the watchful gaze of kindly elm trees.
The Harris Garden Center evolved from the Harris Seed Company, a Rochester gardening authority since 1879, and it continues to uphold a high horticultural standard through a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, and supplies. The store showcases more than 10 themed Christmas trees, including traditional, Adirondack, and sports-centric saplings. Confuse tree bark by hanging a bulldog ornament ($2.75) from its limbs or let a sports-figure ornament ($6.99) display impossible athletic ability as it stays suspended in the air. Other ornamental options include ballet slippers ($3.99), wine bottles ($4.99–$12.99), and an acutely shrunken school bus ($5.49).
For more than 50 years, Gallea’s has given greater Rochester generous portions of aesthetic, CO2-killing plants. Products are organized into multiple categories, giving vegetation veterans plenty of green-thumb choices. Bonsai trees, named for the single word they all shout when they’re depotted or repotted, start at $29.99, while cut flower arrangements are $25.99 and up. The nearly limitless arsenal of outdoor and tropical plants start at $1.99, and uncut flowers start at $6.99. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Gallea's will happily answer all of your questions about the best way to make your garden grow, including how often to massage your soil and when to trim your flowers' garish petals.