Grove Station Farms' skilled instructors transform the casually riding-curious into ride-ready equestrians with technique and safety lessons on a stunning 65-acre plantation-style farm. During the one-hour horseback-riding session, experienced teachers guide herds of eager students through English riding techniques, including proper posture, balance, and balancing a tea set on one knee while ahorse. The spacious indoor arena protects classes from the elements as pony passengers of all ages and skill levels learn the grooming basics necessary to properly care for their hoofed charges and protect their vestigial wings from prying zoologists' eyes.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
Country Boy's Garden Center, equipping green thumbs with gardening supplies for more than 25 years, commemorates the fall season with an autumnal collection of outdoor and indoor foliage, largely sourced from local growers within a 60-mile radius. Gardeners can complement gushing lawn fountains and pools filled with pirate treasure by planting 8-inch ($6.59–$6.99) and 12-inch ($17.99–$19.99) chrysanthemums, which bloom for six to eight weeks during both fall and spring and infuse flower beds with seasonal colors such as red, pink, and lavender. Eyes comb through more than 70 varieties of pansies, including pansy packs ($2.59) and the aptly named Plentifall pansies ($2.99) that spread up to 18 inches. Meanwhile, the orange hue of pumpkins ($0.49/lb.) sparks memories of jack-o'-lantern carving, and a year-round Christmas shop unveils luminous holiday trees, nativity scenes, and poinsettias. Knowledgeable staffers sprout out of their pots to help visitors navigate through all the greenhouse's shelves and colorful hanging baskets. Before visiting the store, customers can browse the garden center's online plant-care guide for tips on picking colors and prepping soil for its new tenants.
LifeLogic Health Center was created to give hope to people who were told they are healthy despite not feeling so. We strive to empower those who feel out of touch with their bodies and want to regain control over their health.
Old Colony Furniture, which has been family owned since 1946, inspires interior-design compositions with a 30,000-square-foot show room, showcasing both contemporary and classic pieces. Upon entering the expansive show room, guests will feel as though they're walking through an expertly designed home as they peruse rich, opulent furniture from more 50 respected brands, such as Sherrill and Hancock & Moore, artfully arranged in inviting vignettes. With a collection of dining chairs ($269+), patrons can strategically seat guests in vulnerable positions should a mashed-potato fight break out. A nightstand ($449+) provides optimal access to water glasses and bedside reading materials, and an upholstered occasional chair ($475+) coddles fatigued appendages. Shoppers glance into mirrors ($225+) to admire the way a shirt complements their pants and for instant reassurance of their non-gorilla status.
Kelly Ballentine Colacioppo is a third generation appliance salesperson. Her father owns a restaurant equipment store, so it’s fitting that her store, The Cook's Station, outfits home kitchens with professional-quality equipment. The selection of top brands includes GE Profile, Bosch, and BlueStar, whose 22,000-BTU gas ranges feature extra-large ovens and custom-configured burners modeled after those found in professional kitchens. Cookware from the Culinary Institute of America’s Masters Collection is designed by certified master chefs, and bakeware from Nordic Ware aims to create the perfect bundt cake. Unique gift collections from Nora Fleming, Beatriz Ball, and Casafina are also available. For those starting completely from scratch, the staff includes a licensed kitchen designer, a licensed contractor, and diagrams that illustrate the differences between forks and spoons.
However, The Cook's Station is not just about prepping kitchens—it’s also about prepping the people who use them. A full calendar of foodie events includes cooking and equipment demos, and an online cache of recipes gives chefs new meals to experiment with. Monthly Uncorked events explore wine and tapas pairings, and a knife sharpening service ensures blades are always ready to slice up veggies or that frustratingly impossible soufflé recipe.