The story of Kircher’s Flowers began in 1908, when Mr. and Mrs. Winfield S. Kircher first began peddling petals in at their Indiana shop. More than a century later, the shop’s horticultural experts continue their founders’ legacy, nurturing thousands of blossoms ready to join together in flower arrangements or add splashes of color to yards. Floral artists snip 26,000 gerber daisies, 15,000 snapdragons, and 2,000 daffodils each year as they craft petal-and-leaf creations to fit any occasion, from sunny nosegays that cheer up hospital patients to romantic rose bouquets that clue loved ones in to deeper feelings. Kircher’s expansive greenhouses also yield untouched perennials, annuals, and fronds that green-thumbed shoppers tote home for planting along walkways or brightening patios. The gardening center grows nearly three quarters of the flowers that it sells, which allows its professionals to lavish care on each plant and ensure that no one accidentally takes home a spy who forgot to take off his shrub disguise.
As a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages has cultivated a network of more than 390 retail stores and relationships with more than 130 artisan groups from around the world. Crafters from 38 different countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa hand make children’s toys, jewelry, baskets, and tableware, which helps these artisans to earn a steady income and polish marketable skills. At the Archbold location, manager Darlene Rohrer-Meck oversees a passionate staff of volunteers as they curate an assortment of glittering silver jewelry, exotic musical instruments, and sweet-smelling natural cosmetics. Like a Mark Twain ventriloquist dummy, each item in the store is an object bursting with a folksy story to tell, from the graceful, curving African stone statues to the jangly, beaded necklaces from India.
With a staff that includes retired law-enforcement professionals, former Marine and Army personnel, and NRA-certified instructors, it's a bit of an understatement to refer to The Lead Shed's guidance as insightful. Staff members lead safety classes, advanced training, and concealed-carry courses, although the team's in-depth knowledge is also useful for anyone perusing the display cases. In addition to offering a selection of ammunition and accessories, the shop routinely stocks more than 300 different firearms by popular manufacturers such as Kimber and Benelli. In the event that a customer can't find a specific firearm, the experts do their best to special-order the item.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
Throughout its history that spans more than 90 years, RadioShack has established itself as a leading retailer. Across its 5,000 stores in 26 countries, their 27,000 knowledgeable associates connect consumers with personalized solutions in the latest electronics. With a selection of leading national and industry-leading private brands, customers can shop for mobile devices, headphones, speakers, smart toys, DIY supplies, connected home products, power accessories, and home entertainment at any store, or online at www.radioshack.com.
Paintball Plex hosts colorful clashes on the battlegrounds of a 38,000-square-foot indoor field and across multiple acres of outdoor fields that are open from spring through fall. In the expansive indoor combat zone, players dive behind air bunkers to duck from incoming fire and cacophonous army drummers before reemerging to pump opponents full of color with semiautomatic Tippmann markers powered by complimentary compressed air. Outdoor fields cajole combatants with a lush 300’x180’ speedball area and a WWII-style scenario field peppered with two acres of foxholes, mazes, and sandbags. Games typically last 10–20 minutes and often include combat missions such as search and rescue and capture the flag.
Additional paint is available for onsite purchase to replenish dwindling supplies for combatants or battlefield stenographers. Participants may also browse Paintball Plex's pro shop, which teems with new scenario- and tournament-style paintball gear and loads of gently used equipment.