After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.
Sylvan Storage protects personal wares with a legion of 130 storage units. Banish cherished clutter or delinquent roommates to a 5'x10', 10'x10', or 10'x15' unit, each of which are rented out on a monthly basis. Sylvan will provide ample space for each owner’s possessions, allowing for clients to stow away such intermittently needed items as small commercial inventories, paper records, seasonal vehicles, shoes, and every single number in pi.
Don and Donna Maines opened Green Thumb Markets in 1971, where they began cultivating buds alongside their young son, David. Though Don and Donna have retired, visitors can still spot David, his wife, and his four boys working in their greenhouse. They tend geraniums, prune roses, and discuss customers’ gardening concerns and methods for keeping lazy poets from using their roses as similes. Giant hanging baskets dangle from the ceiling, the electrically hued, trumpet-shaped blossoms of petunias spilling forth and tangling with ivy geraniums. On the ground, colorful rows of perennials, annuals, and vegetables thrive alongside a variety of topsoils, compost, and environmentally friendly mulches.
The Maines family also runs an onsite bakery, which they stock with their own homemade ice cream, cookies, and pies.
Ja Spa & Fitness's well-equipped gym beckons exercisers with a host of Cybex and Precor workout apparatuses and a menu of eco-friendly spa services for unwinding after intense sessions of sweat manufacturing. On the main floor, a strength-training circuit of Cybex Eagle gear welcomes challengers with tough resistance, and treadmills on the second level improve endurance for running after ding-dong ditches. In the gym's hardwood-floor studios, lively instructors lead a variety of group fitness classes such as boot camp, spin sessions on Trixter X-Bikes, and boxing sessions for women and children. Private chambers along the spa area's winding hallways ensconce clients, who can indulge in skin and nail services to boost bodily aesthetics. Three levels of tanning beds coat limbs in bronze hues, and a team of massage therapists plies tension from overworked muscles. Brick archways and a stonework fountain complement Ja Spa & Fitness's high ceilings and taxidermied tyrannosauruses for a lodge-like vibe.
Owner and trainer Mike McGowan and his staff cultivate a love of all things equestrian on the scenic grounds of Heritage Stables. The facility's 80'x200' outdoor arena allows neophyte riders to practice walking, trotting, and cantering as guardians and onlookers relax in a heated viewing room. Prior to lessons, the trainers keep horses in prime riding shape, pampering each animal with a 12'x12' stall in which it can enjoy twice-daily feedings of hay and grain and biweekly readings of Cat Fancy.
Since its founding by William Bright Sr. and William Dunk Sr. in 1927, Dunk & Bright Furniture has grown from a modest storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom. The store's staff—accredited by the Interior Design Society and American Society of Interior Designers—leads visitors through a maze of bedroom and living room sets, mattresses, and other pieces by brands such as Ashley, Harden, and aspenhome. A separate 1,000,000-cubic-foot warehouse stores the bulk of the shop's inventory, which also includes wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, shutters and blinds, and enchanted mirrors. Dunk & Bright delivers purchases free of charge within 200 miles of Syracuse.