Since 1969, when Gladys Haak gave her husband Raymond two concord grapevines to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the couple's namesake vineyard has flourished into 1,800 vines sprawling across three acres. Galveston County's first and only winery transforms grapes into award-winning potions that have earned the attention of the Houston Press and the Dallas Observer. Whether sipped onsite or at various shops and restaurants, the wines grace glasses with a diverse mélange of local blends. Custom labels can be commissioned to personalize each bottle with heartfelt dedications or nutritional information written in iambic pentameter.
The vineyard welcomes thirsty visitors with tours of their verdant vines, 25,000-square-foot workshop, and deli stocked with Boar's Head meats and pungent cheese. Frequent guests reap the exclusive benefits of the winery’s club memberships, which include invitations to special events, first tastings, discounts, and complementary bottles. An event-ready banquet space also sets the scene for memorable weddings and events, with the winery’s chef, Kim Johnson, overseeing catering duties, cake cuttings, and the busboys’ a capella performance of “Take My Breath Away."
GAMESPlus makes its number-one goal to create a gaming and electronics store with great selection, competitive pricing, and experienced staff. GAMESPlus offers new and used merchandise and will buy, sell, or trade games, movies, consoles, and accessories, but will not barter for the rights to your idea for a MMORPG based on the life and works of 18th-century English satirist Alexander Pope. Score your favorite gaming system at a reduced price, or browse hard-to-find hardware and software such as Space Invaders and Donkey Kong Country in the GAMESPlus Classic section. Available accessories brands include DREAMGEAR, Yobo, and CTA.
For more than 25 years, Mom & Pop Tobacco Shop has catered to smoking enthusiasts with an inventory that ranges from cigarettes and fine cigars to herbal cigarettes and traditional pipes. Newlyweds, new fathers, and inventors of perpetual-motion machines can toast their good fortune with stogies crafted by famous manufacturers such as Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, and Vice. Lighters, tasteful ashtrays, and pipes round out the smoker’s ensemble, perfect for pairing with ruminations in front of the fireplace and wistful gazes out a rain-streaked window.
Mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Cincinnati's 10-acre lake, steering riders across the water as they grip cables rather than lines attached to boats. Cruising clockwise from the cables, up to seven people at a time can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, or waterskate around the aquatic arena at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Wake Nation designed the main lake for everyone from beginners to elite-level riders, and peppered it with manmade obstacles and floating jumps, allowing boarders to zip along and pull off tricks that sometimes aren’t possible behind a boat. They also have a smaller practice lake for beginners and young riders from 5 years old and up.
Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational advice for circumventing Poseidon’s rose bushes. Visitors can bring their own equipment, or rent or buy necessary gear from Wake Nation’s pro shop. A cast of instructors lead lessons and observe riders during freestyle riding, fun summer camps, and special events such as birthday parties.