Customers can sharpen both their vision and sense of style with The Eye Gallery's collection of high-end prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contacts. Comprehensive exams uncover hidden maladies of the eye and calibrate exact prescriptions to fit in bold, colorful spectacles fresh from the runway shows. Each location can outfit clients with frames from top brands ranging from Ray-Ban to Oliver Peoples to Tiffany & Co., as well as fashionable enhancements that help shield eyes from harmful rays, such as mirror-coated lenses or umbrella-toting butlers small enough to live in eyebrows.
An archer draws back his bow and steadies his aim, letting the imitation trees, deer, and turkey fade from view as he focuses on a yellow-centered bull's-eye. Along with access to its 22-yard indoor archery range, Big Woods Goods indulges sportsmen with a shooting range, where 10 lanes accommodate marksmen with roomy 4-foot-wide bays and computerized targeting systems. Further comfort enhancements include plentiful lighting, a ventilation system built to military standards, and an M-18 bullet trap that captures rounds at the end of their 25-yard journey. Off the range, Big Woods Goods' team teaches firearm classes for all experience levels from first-time shooters through armed security officers. To further support clients, an onsite gunsmith and archery technician repair and enhance equipment with services such as dipping equipment in camouflaged glitter.
At Play! Music and Art, children try their had at different artistic ventures in an intimate and supportive environment. Students test their tiny fingers on the fretboard of a violin or viola or shred sounds on a flute, clarinet, or saxophone during private music lessons. Children also grip brushes and pencils in one of several art classes exploring basic drawing, painting, basic Photoshop editing, and Monopoly-money counterfeiting. Play! Music and Art hosts birthday parties that blend pizza with artistic endeavors and summer camps in music-video creation or Native American art. The studio also equips parents with free WiFi.
At Iron Horse Farms, head trainer Christine Johnston and her staff of sheepdogs and equestrians immerse horse lovers in everything from intensive show training to introductory lessons. Riders can feel the wind in their manes in the outdoor arena or move to the indoor pen on days when the Pegasus constellation trots over to eclipse the sun. Packed with soft rubber footing to ensure horses’ comfort, the training areas represent just part of the expansive facility, which also includes lounges, tack rooms, and large turnout pastures.
Giving gifts is its own reward, but at The Gifted Ferret, get-well cards, trinkets and candles accompany a robust collection of boutique wines so gift-givers can reward themselves as well. The shop's wine racks brim with vino crafted by vintners who treat winemaking not just as a business but also as a passion as well as the best way to teach grapes a lesson. During onsite wine classes, industry experts regale attendees with information while pouring samples from among the shop's dozens of varietals. For those seeking an intoxicant-free fix, the staff brews Newman's Own coffee and Green Mountain Naturals apple cider. In the gift area, patrons peruse handmade cards and Arthur Court pewter home-decor items alongside gift bags and an expanded array of gourmet food items.