Though André and Elsbeth Bollier left Basel, Switzerland for Kansas City in 1955, they didn't really leave the Old World behind. Finding his adopted home bereft of fine pastries, André set out to "bring something new and exciting" to the city, as his son Marcel told the Wednesday Sun in 2011. A master pastry chef, he began selling his handcrafted swiss confections at his eponymous store, André's Confiserie Suisse. Intent on re-creating the feel of an authentic Swiss confiserie, he relied on natural ingredients and pure butter to produce his treats' signature rich flavor. Soon, André expanded his business to two tearooms festooned with the flags of several Swiss cantons.
Now joined by third-generation members of the Bollier family, André's Confiserie Suisse remains faithful to that original vision while creating new lines of seasonal and signature bites. In addition to hand-decorated caramels, fruit tortes, and freshly shelled circus peanuts, the display cases feature grand cru truffles made from single-sourced cocoa beans whose flavors reflect the soil and climate of their exotic original locales, including Madagascar and Bolivia.
Breast cancer: that's the diagnosis that would change Jane Tetuan's life in more ways than one. Instead of taking the traditional route of healing—medications, chemotherapy—Jane sought out a natural path that included diet and nutritional changes. Healthy six years later, she and her husband founded The Juice Garden & Nutrition Center, where she shares her knowledge with clients who suffer from a spectrum of health issues; she also teaches prevention through healthy lifestyles rather than ducking for cover any time someone coughs in your presence. She and her staff whip up nutritional smoothies from all-natural or organic produce, mixing in nutritional supplements such as hemp seed and flax. They also lead seminars and classes that help participants learn healthy eating and lifestyles or guide them as they become health coaches themselves.
Each autumn, the Renyer family opens their farm to fun-seeking guests, who traipse through 17 autumn-themed activities. Tyke speedsters mount John Deere tricycles to careen around a dirt track before losing themselves in a 40-foot underground tube slide. Explore the natural world at the animal-viewing-and-feeding center, where goats bleat decrees to wide-eyed children. In the cool air, patrons cheer on the speediest oinkers at the pig races or wander through a corn maze as confounding as a scarecrow's fashion choices. For an additional cost, visitors can feast upon pulled pork sandwiches, curly fries, hot dogs, and funnel cakes at the farm's café. Though not included in this Groupon, families can also select future jack-o'-lanterns through séance at the pumpkin patch or participate in events such as the corn cannon ($1 for two ears), duck races ($1.50/duck), and pumpkin slingshot ($1 for four pumpkins).
With a hodgepodge of American favorites, Kobi's Bar and Grill slings juicy cuts and cold libations to hearty appetites in the biker scene. Like a body-building orange, a bevy of meaty menu items flex juicy muscles, with fan favorites such as the Monster pork tender, a 12-ounce hand-breaded pork loin on a homemade bun ($8.49). Fire-hydrant mouths work overtime on Octane Boosters, a 12-piece artillery of buffalo sauce-soaked chicken wings paired with ranch or blue cheese dressing ($7.99, $8.99 for breaded). Enjoy a double-decker delicacy with the bacon-wrapped pork chop, featuring a 12-ounce succulent slab coddled between two pieces of smoky bacon ($13.99). For those who prefer home-cooked tastes, the chili and grilled cheese satiates stomachs with a pretzel bun and hearty concoction of spices ($5.49), and the daily cheesecake stops sweet teeth from morphing into underfed fangs.
Having traveled to teahouses the world over, the owner of Chelmsford Tea and Gifts wanted to open a shop that represented the full spectrum of tea-brewing possibilities. With more than 180 types of loose-leaf and bagged teas from around the globe, his establishment unlocks a barrage of delicate flavors in prepared hot or iced drinks with expert steeping know-how. For the home brewer, the shop stocks french presses, stainless-steel infusers, and Brown Betty teapots from England, where tea-leaf reading is a televised sport. Naturally flavored black teas, herbal teas, and mild, caffeine-free rooibos teas also pair well the shop's stock of scone mixes and jams.
Owners Vaughn and Kristi Huslig cast an aromatic net out the door of Andover Popcorn Company, drawing shoppers in with the scents of freshly popped corn and tasty desserts. Once inside, guests can browse 16 flavors of gourmet popcorn and pick their favorites to stuff into colorful, seasonal tins or buckets adorned with the logo of a favorite regional college team. Popcorn flavors range from white cheddar and salty-sweet kettle corn to fiery cinnamon and the peanut-butter-and-chocolate puppy chow, which is not a recommended replacement for actual puppy chow.
• For $30, you get two full cat groomings (a $60 value). • For $35, you get two full groomings for dogs under 25 pounds (a $70 value). • For $45, you get two full groomings for dogs that weigh 26–45 pounds (a $90 value). • For $59, you get two full groomings for dogs that weigh over 45 pounds (a $120 value). • For $59, you get a 3-week puppy socialization course (a $120 value).