In 1937, Milton Hershey, founder of the eponymous chocolate company, wanted to build a "nice garden of roses," so the 3.5-acre Hershey Gardens were born. Over time, it has grown into a 23-acre paradise filled with seasonal flowers such 5,000 rose bushes and 30,000 tulips. Themed gardens welcome visitors of every taste to wander among ornamental rocks and grasses or smell aromatic herbs. The Children's Garden features hideaways and whimsical characters to enliven imaginations, and the Butterfly House, which opens May 23, shelters hundreds of North American butterflies in a walkthrough exhibit every summer.
With a team of instructors having more than two more decades of experience, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass expands the community of glass workers through small group classes. Students gather within Rainbow Vision Stained Glass?s sprawling Victorian-style headquarters to learn the fundamentals of making stained glass or the more sophisticated techniques necessary for crafting glass boxes, Tiffany-style lampshades, or glass houses for those who have sworn off throwing rocks. The studio also teaches fused-glass skills, which can yield everything from pendants to wine-bottle stoppers.
Anticipating the needs of its pupils, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass peddles everything a glass artist might desire. More than 400 styles and colors of glass gleam within, more than 300 pattern books await crafters in need of inspiration, and soldering irons stand ready to bind creations together.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
The aromas and flavors of the famous kitchens of Cairo permeate the dining room of Sphinx of PA, warming up taste buds for international travel. The authentic Egyptian menu includes bowls of piquant tabouli ($2.49) to open up gastronomic gates with gusto and tender helpings of shawermas⎯ chicken, beef, and lamb wrapped up in bready packages portable enough to satisfy a pyramid-excavation team on the go. Hearty appetites rejoice in the restaurant's generous entree portions, including a mighty spread of kebab options boasting succulent chunks of choice meats, each swimming in fine Egyptian spices and sides ($9.99–$11.99). Vegetarian diners can feast their eyes on original Egyptian-inspired artwork before diving into fragrant platters of veggie-friendly fare, including falafel dinners ($9.99) and traditional Egyptian koshary ($6.99), which provide a delectable chlorophyll kick strong enough to rocket roughage-munching mountain goats to Sir Edmund Hillary heights.
With a sprawling selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and more, Frey’s Greenhouse has helped gardeners spruce up their yards for more than 40 years. Blooming geraniums ($3.49) and other annuals set up shop year after year, and perennials such as impatiens ($1.49 for a 4-pack) can hardly wait to host summertime garden parties. Visitors may choose from dozens of hanging baskets to adorn decks, porches, and doghouses with brilliant splashes of color ($23.95 for 12”). More than 50 types of veggie plants, including cucumbers ($1.49) and lettuce ($0.99 per seed packet), help salads freshen up, and just-picked rosemary transforms shy pork chops into barbecue celebrities ($2.89). Friendly staff members help shoppers navigate the 25,000-square-foot space, unearthing glazed Malaysian pottery ($19.95) and locating the perfect shovels for pint-size diggers' sandboxes. They’re also happy to provide advice on fertilizer use, pest prevention, and recovery of runaway garden gnomes.