At the tender age of 19, young businessman Mikeal Wood founded Upstate Party Rental in 2001, provisioning celebrations with tables, tents, and glassware while roping in a 2006 award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the U.S. Small Business Association. When not raising his four kids, Mikeal stays hard at work alongside his team of trusty roustabouts, hammering stakes for canopies and tents, setting out seating, or enveloping flatware in crisp linens. With a wealth of tables, chairs, silverware, coolers, and equipment at hand, Mikeal and his team can equip any style or size of gathering, from laying out cloth-clad tables for a fancy barbecue to putting down a dance floor for weddings. After each revelry, workers speedily dismantle the rented furnishings, load up their vans, remind the hosts it was all a dream, and leave backyards or banquet halls exactly as they found them.
For more than 50 years, Gallea’s has given greater Rochester generous portions of aesthetic, CO2-killing plants. Products are organized into multiple categories, giving vegetation veterans plenty of green-thumb choices. Bonsai trees, named for the single word they all shout when they’re depotted or repotted, start at $29.99, while cut flower arrangements are $25.99 and up. The nearly limitless arsenal of outdoor and tropical plants start at $1.99, and uncut flowers start at $6.99. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Gallea's will happily answer all of your questions about the best way to make your garden grow, including how often to massage your soil and when to trim your flowers' garish petals.
Stretching across five acres of farmland, this year’s Country Way Corn Maze layout is skulled and crossboned with a pirate theme and treats labyrinth lovers to fascinating trivia about notable piracy practitioners. Adding puzzles within puzzles to the curving corridors of cob are the rubbing stations that families must use to decode the maze’s secret word. Since the maze’s route can be as convoluted and nonsensical as the plots of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, numerous Maize-o-Vision stations give the hopelessly shipwrecked a crow's nest from which they can seek a path back to dry land. A separate mini-maze leads the youngest visitors to stations that teach about farm animals instead.
A multifaceted three-floor retail emporium, Williamson Hardware boasts an array of tools, fuels, décor, and accessories to help customers achieve maximum home and yard enjoyment. The selection of hardware includes light bulbs ($1.99–$24.99), hammers ($4.99–$36.99), tape rulers ($4.99–$24.99), and other gadgetry useful for everyday projects from building Rube Goldberg devices to constructing life-sized statues of Rube Goldberg. Williamson Hardware also features an extensive heating and stove department stocked with stove parts and fireplace accessories, as well as a country cellar trimmed with all the tents, grills, hammocks, and outdoor gear necessary for cooking out, camping, or napping under the watchful gaze of kindly elm trees.