Queen of the Tees handcrafts girlie, glittery T-shirts that celebrate sports teams, school organizations, cheer & pom, and any other source of spirited celebration. Its online yearbook shows off classic designs with sparkling letters that might read Go Big Red or I’m shouting for no reason. Customers can purchase individual or bulk-ordered shirts that display the design of their choosing.
At TG Farms Pumpkin Patch, autumn’s shifting breezes not only herald a fresh crop of gourds, but also the start of the farm’s annual festivities. From morning until nightfall, families traipse through the patch in search of a pumpkin that will transform into their dream jack-o’-lantern or a car for their children to take to college, and navigate the twists and turns of a massive corn maze. On a calm pond, ducks await generous handfuls of feed, and a petting zoo lets wee ones commune with calves and goats. Back under a roof, the gift shop hosts decorative gourds, straw bales, and other fall decor.
Although autumn is the season when activity reaches a fever pitch, TG Farms is open to outdoor enthusiasts year-round. In spring, visitors learn how crops grow in the fields and flowers bloom in greenhouses. When the sun strengthens into summer, farmers peddle homegrown tomatoes and juicy watermelon. And in winter, when the last leaves have frozen over, families can pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree or collect a jar of fresh snowman tears.
Owned and operated by a cadre of local bikers, Melonbike secures its cycling clientele with the knowledge that their bikes are in good hands. Regular tune-up services ready bikes for urban streets and mountain paths, and installation services allow riders to add new fenders and a rack. The shop also stocks new bikes by brands such as Felt, GT, Schwinn, and KHS, along with the parts to keep them in pedaling order.
Heart Strings stocks a wide array of gifts, cards, and flowers specially engineered to generate mile-wide grins from any recipient. Petal Pushers, the in-store Teleflora flower shop, carries a bounty of beautiful bouquets to commemorate an anniversary, the arrival of a new baby, or the 30th birthday of a pet rock (all bouquets $45+). For a sweet-smelling gift that doesn’t require water or sunlight, choose from Heart Strings’ vast selection of WoodWick candles ($18.99) and Lampe Berger air fresheners ($19.99), or opt for a Willow Tree carved figurine that wards off bad odors with its adorably stoic expression ($14.99). Heart Strings also stocks Da Vinci beads for customizable jewelry creations, as well as ready-to-wear accessories ($21.99+) and bedazzled flat wallets ($16.99–$19.99).
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.