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.
The Finish Line recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and its 14th under the ownership of Chris Schmidt, who took over the lead after working at the shop for nearly eight years. A former student in Ball State's pedorthic foot management program, Chris and his staff help customers select the shoe best suited to their running, walking, and slow-motion kung-fu kicking needs, with footwear from name brands such as Adidas, Asics, Brooks, and Saucony. They also stock apparel from makers including Mizuno and Saucony to help keep athletes in sharp, comfortable clothing. Customers wanting to test out their new gear can participate in one of Finish Line's weekly or seasonal running events.
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 Pennsylvania'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, Skechers, and Crocs.
The heat waves rising off plates of wicked Wally’s wings are almost visible before the brave diner takes his first bite, starting the clock on Wally’s 10 minutes of fire challenge. Not only must he down 12 of the fiery wings in five minutes, but he must wait for five minutes afterwards before eating or drinking anything to smother the flames. The supremely spicy sauce behind this challenge is 1 of 25 different flavors and heat levels available at Wally’s Wicked Wings, ranging from sweet-honey barbecue to mild Millie, an authentic buffalo-style sauce. Besides wings, Wally’s parades a list of finger foods such as all-beef Nathan’s hot dogs topped with crumbled blue cheese and buffalo sauce and third-pound Angus beef burgers crowned with applewood-smoked bacon, barbecue sauce, and beer-battered onion rings.
The restaurant’s bright-green walls sport flat-screen TVs tuned into high-definition football games. Amid pool tables and arcade games, patrons cheer touchdowns and place side bets on mascot shoe sizes as the crew of bartenders slings pints of 12 on-tap brews or uncaps 40 different bottles.
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.