Youngsters clamor over air-filled merry-go-rounds, obstacle courses, and slides inside FunFlatables' indoor play arenas. Dyer's 12,00-square-foot facility houses giant aquariums, pirate ships, and 19-foot slides. Each bounce facility keeps toddlers from getting underfoot in dedicated Totland play spaces, complete with musical toys, miniature slides, and foam-covered floors.
Established by its namesake founder in 1935, Gus Bock's Ace Hardware has since unfurled its immense catalog of home-improvement supplies into three locations. A trio of brothers now runs each location, inheriting the business from their father, Keith Grill Sr., who bought the flagship store from the Bock family in 1990. The siblings strive to keep Gus Bock's personal ideals in mind as they populate their shelves with name-brand products, such as Weber grills, Carhartt clothing, Benjamin Moore paint, and Toro lawnmowers. Staff members can help patrons navigate the sea of Black & Decker tools and Oreck vacuums, as well as arrange services, such as window repair and custom key manufacturing. They also equip customers with a diverse collection of rentables, including inflatable playgrounds, party accoutrements, yard-maintenance equipment, and handy grandfather surrogates.
Doreen's Pizza adorns handmade pies with a cornucopia of fresh ingredients before serving them hot or freezing and foisting them into the hands of hungry consumers to cook at home. The kitchen staff slings circular comestibles in super thin, thin, double crust, and stuffed varieties, each one blanketed with a half-pound of mozzarella to add flavor and insulate peppers unaccustomed to cool climates. Frozen pizzas are never precooked, ensuring fresh flavors when cooked in home ovens or above papier-mâché volcanoes. Along with their inventive array of pizzas, Doreen's dine-in locations sate cravings with an expansive menu of gyros, hot dogs, burgers, golden-fried shrimp, and other eclectic eats.
Originally located in a converted house that could only seat 20 people, Sanfratello's has grown over the years to four locations in Illinois and Indiana. At each of these, family recipes for authentic Italian cuisine yield classic creations such as shrimp Alfredo and meatball sandwiches. Petite pan pizzas host deep layers of sauce and cheese, while thin crusts, like the mouths of most competitive shouting champions, can stretch up to 17-inches wide.
Green Acres Ranch has existed as a family-run equestrian operation for more than half a century, and owes its longevity to a steadfast commitment to coaching all levels of student?who they see as the future torchbearers of the sport. Riders learn to properly comport themselves in the saddle inside large indoor and outdoor riding arenas while passionate instructors shout encouragement and advise on proper technique, which will prepare students for challenging tasks such as leading, saddling, turning, a proper seat, halting, backing up and more on horseback and readiness for competition in the show arena and ultimately out on trails. But riding lessons are just one of the many equestrian activities offered by the ranch. Once they've got the right skills under their belt, jockeys-in-training can bound around the surrounding countryside on trail rides or try out for the drill team to participate in local parades.
Lynwood Firestone carries Bridgestone, Firestone, and many other major brand tires. Their staff of ASE-certified technicians are capable of returning the smooth, even gait to any car, but they do more than install new sets of tires. In the service department, the technicians tackle an array of automotive issues, reinvigorating engines with Valvoline motor oils, servicing brakes, and repairing everything from faulty transmissions to electrical systems.