What's now a 16-acre garden center full of lush greenery, multicolored flowers, and hanging plants was initially a sandpit. On the way to a landscaping job site, brothers Scot and Al Leavitt first spotted the sandpit thanks to bright-red winterberry shrubs dotting the field. They decided that it was the perfect spot to combine their already established work in landscape design, irrigation, and residential maintenance with a fully stocked garden center. Named for those shrubs that first caught their eye, Winterberry Garden Center and Showroom stocks herbs, plants, flowers, and other landscaping necessities in a park-like atmosphere. Friendly, savvy staff members help all customers, whether they're already expert gardeners or plant novices, find the necessary items to create their ideal landscape, garden, or garden-gnome amusement park.
True to its name, San Gennaro Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza & Ristorante churns out crispy, bubbly, Old World–style pies from a brick-lined, wood-fired kiln. Guests gather at wraparound communal benches surrounded by rustic, bare-brick walls, watching chefs toss disks of dough high into the air and cover pizzas in Italian tomatoes, chicken, and shaved prosciutto. Like the Roman empire, San Gennaro's culinary authority extends beyond Italy. Diners can opt for chicken wings with inventive sauces such as buffalo blue, a blend of buffalo sauce and blue cheese.
Winding Trails works to preserve natural woodlands and waterways around the Farmington area, hosting recreational activities that foster a love of the outdoors. In addition to renting out ski equipment to visitors eager to ski over scenic forest trails, the group runs outdoor adventure programs, day camps for ages 3-13, and swim lessons.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.