For more than a century, the Woodbury family has tilled the rich, porous soil of the Fredonia area to craft one-of-a-kind, flavorful wines from homegrown grapes. The vineyard’s serene surroundings—from the doting shelter of the nearby Allegheny uplands to the temperate words of encouragement from Lake Erie—work together to rear aromatic, mature, and emotionally balanced crops. Sippers may indulge in the complex flavors of a full-bodied cabernet ($24/bottle), the peppery floral notes of the Gewürztraminer ($24/bottle), or the regional sweetness of a niagara ($9.50). In addition to bottling up high-quality grape juice, the expert vintners at Woodbury shake down local orchards for refreshing fruit wines, such as a tastefully tart cranberry ($12) or delicate apple ($12), simultaneously capable of banishing thin-skinned doctors and impressing teachers with its semidry personality and ability to rinse chalkboards.
Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
At Superkix Martial Arts, professional trainers instill a passion for fitness and martial arts in students of all ages and fitness levels. Adults can take charge of their health and well-being with the centre’s extensive programs in mixed martial arts and muay thai. They also can learn the stances, kata, and sparring techniques of hapkido self-defense in the Superkix Adult program. Children as young as 3 can enroll in Lil Dragons or Superkix for Kids courses, where they develop discipline to accomplish their goals, respect and self-esteem to succeed at school, and board-breaking techniques to tackle wood-chopping chores with ease.
Founded by Stratford Chefs School graduate Ruth Nixon, The Whisk & Ladle is a full-service caterer, kitchen store, and cooking school dedicated to the use of high-quality ingredients and equipment. Busy epicureans can pick up hearty meals—including family-sized lasagna drenched in slow-cooked tomato sauce ($38)—from an extensive On-The-Go menu to enjoy gourmet eats at home without hours of intensive cooking or spell-casting. Otherwise, they can pause a moment to browse a wide selection of sturdy kitchenware from brands like Le Creuset and Cuisipro, whose winsome wares can double as musical instruments for toddlers, Muppets, or Muppet toddlers. The Whisk & Ladle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Scrapping Nook supplies scrapbooking devotees with a large inventory of card making, paper patterning, and album building paraphernalia. Fashion homemade greeting cards or business cards for the family dachshund with some of Scrapping Nook's card stock ($0.75/12"x12" sheet), available in attractive colours such as African daisy, berry blush, and blackbird. Or keep scrapbooks and unruly phone books secure by taking home a bottle of Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue ($6.49). Scrapping Nook's staff of friendly and knowledgeable designers makes sure their charmingly decorated store is always well-stocked with all the materials necessary to sustain the scrapbooking addict, including an artist edition mixed-media album ($17.29), ideal for snazzily storing memories, and 2-ounce bottles of Maya Road mists ($8.79+).