Perched atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, the family-owned and award-winning Stonehaus Winery has nurtured grapes into their grandest liquid potential for more than 20 years. A complimentary winery tour follows grapes' life cycles from growth to crushing to the 3,000-bottles-per-hour automated bottling machine, with a brief pause when grapes run away to find themselves and form folk combos. Stonehaus Winery's more than 18 varieties of wine include sweet white and red muscadines ($10.95–$14.95), a Moonlight cabernet ($19.95), and a very dry pinot gris with citrus overtones ($19.95) that complement chicken, seafood, pork, and more. Stonehaus's popular Tickled Pink sparkling wine, a fruity, semi-sweet labrusca, won Best of Show at the 2009 Wines of the South competition. Stonehaus Winery also showcases homemade fudge, gourmet foods, and educational toys for children and hosts community events, such as concerts, outdoor movie screenings, and frozen-wine-sculpting tournaments.
Total Fleet Service’s techs maintain and repair whole armadas of vehicles, as well as the family car. They do it all, from routine oil changes to transmission replacements, brake repair, and tire sales. Ailing farm equipment is no match for their skills, either, with services including welding and machining as well as electrical and hydraulic work.
Launched in 2000 as a humble 20'x20' shop, Frontier Firearms has grown into an 11,000-square-foot facility that encompasses two 25-yard, five-bay indoor shooting ranges. Each gallery enhances visitors' comfort with technological touches, such as sound dampening and granulated-rubber-bullet traps that capture rounds mostly intact, thus minimizing particle dispersion into the air. By removing these potential distractions, the ranges let marksmen focus on following the Mancom Touch Plus Active Target Shooting system. Used by law-enforcement agencies such as the FBI, this computerized system can make targets turn, rush toward, and flee from the shooter. Frontier Firearm's team includes instructors who claim NRA and state certifications, which they apply to supervising the ranges and leading handgun classes that range from a ladies-only course to advanced defensive tactics and how to look tough in a saloon.
DelMonaco Winery and Vineyards is a small, family - run business, in the heart of middle Tennessee. David DelMonaco was born in Chicago and moved to Cookeville over 30 years ago to attend Tennessee Tech University. Barbara DelMonaco moved here from Kentucky with her children over 20 years ago. They met and inspired each o
The amicable blossom experts at family-owned-and-operated Ridge Greenhouse and Florist tenderly cultivate vibrant spreads of holiday flora in the loving confines of their own ultramodern greenhouse. Freshly cut stems band together to form custom bouquets and centerpieces ($25+), pairing blossoms from New Zealand and Holland with their own homegrown greenery. The flora stylists personalize every arrangement, happily plying their artistic know-how to craft one-of-a-kind spreads customized to each customer’s personal preferences. Traditional red poinsettias preside over their kaleidoscopic brethren, a variegated array that fetch retinas with a spotted mix of pink, red, and white hues ($3.98 for a 4.5” pot, $35 for a 10.5” pot). Florists can also custom dress poinsettias with decorative baskets to fashion ideal gifts for hunky horticulturalists and sad-eyed garden gnomes ($100–$200).
Inside Tennessee Naturescapes' twin greenhouses flourish cornucopias of lush vegetation. They include dozens of varieties of native wildflowers and shrubs, the majority of which are nursery grown from locally collected seeds. This focus on native species ensures that every adopted tree and flower is well acclimated to the soil, temperature, and its new environment.