Since 1939, three generations of the Grim family have nurtured stalks of wheat, corn, and oats, and raised more than 3,000 chickens, on their picturesque farm. Now operating 10 greenhouses, each fall, they open up the premises to the public for activities including hayrides and a pick-your-own apple orchard, where guests can choose from varieties ranging from honey crisp to autumn galas.
During the farm’s Fall Festival, which runs from September 8th to November 4th, the grounds buzz with additional delights. Visitors can wend their way through a 6-acre corn maze during the daylight hours, or bring flashlights at night for an authentic taste of farming before the sun was invented. Alternatively, they can select their favorite gourd from the thousands that populate the pumpkin patch, or sample homemade apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, or pumpkin ice cream.
Outfitting runners for 30 years, The Finish Line Running Store stocks its aisles with sprint-ready shoes from Asics, Brooks, and Saucony as well as name-brand duds and running gear. Low-cut Balega Hidden Comfort socks ($11) sheathe soles aching for the fitted clasp of Brooks Ghost GTX kicks ($119.95), which, like all of Finish Line’s shoes, are specially fitted to each customer’s foot. Soles weary from stomping on the cell phones of chatty moviegoers can fortify shoes with a therapeutic pair of cushiony Powerstep orthotic arches ($39.95), and a thermal running top and pants from Mizuno ($64.95+) swathe bodies in their doubly snug embrace. Saucony’s Viz-Pro running vest ($74.95) tastefully accents running duds, enveloping fashion-free torsos in style and allowing runners to look sharp without having to run with scissors.
When SneakerKing first claimed the throne in 1946, there wasn't much to choose from when it came to athletic footwear. Back then, the best an athlete could get was a flimsy canvas foot covering, and basketball nets couldn't be taller than 3 feet since nobody had shoes to jump in. But as shoes became springier and blingier, SneakerKing grew into one of Philadelphia's largest independent retailers of casual and athletic footwear.
Toes have room to wiggle in the store's giant inventory of running shoes, winter boots, hiking boots, moccasins, and slippers from almost every major brand, including New Balance, Saucony, Asics, Sketchers, and Crocs.
After growing frustrated with her film-industry career in New York City, Anne Kuronyi traveled out west, where she spent most of her time sifting through clothing racks in "buy, sell, trade" boutiques. Fueled by a love of vintage apparel and a modest amount of money, Anne returned to her hometown in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to open her own shop. What began in 2003 as a three-room boutique eventually expanded into a seven-room vintage haven stocked with gently used designer clothing, jewelry, and home décor. Now three locations strong, The Attic maintains a dialogue with its clientele through excellent customer service, social-networking sites, and retro carrier pigeons.
Jewelry, dress-clad mannequins, and high heels arranged around purses are just the beginning of the offerings at Classy Chic Consignment Boutique. Although inventory constantly changes, patrons can often find designer apparel, shoes, and accessories by brands such as Kate Spade, Coach, and Abercrombie & Fitch. The boutique's owners also occasionally hold events, such as holiday shopping days with wine and cheese.