In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
Lisa Foster, who has more than 20 years of floral-design experience, cut ties with her former flower shop in 2004 in order to realize her dream of opening her own design studio, Lisa Foster Floral Design. Though she worked out of her home for the first few years, she gained so many clients—128 brides in 2008—that she knew she had to open a storefront to keep up with the demand. By 2010, Lisa was arranging blooms for more than 200 brides as well as gussying up birthdays, anniversaries, or anticipated video-game releases with red roses, yellow sunflowers, and white orchids. Lisa is committed to making her clients' celebrations special, and so she only creates custom arrangements that are never "cookie-cutter" designs. She also wants to make events as stress-free as possible. This is why she rents out special-occasion equipment, such as crystal trees, candelabras, and wandering minstrels, and offers her brides links to her favorite trusted vendors on her website.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength-training machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or browse the gym's private line of nutritional supplements.
The eyes of Rugrats’ apple-cheeked clients widen when scanning its epic selection of new and gently used clothing, toys, and childrearing equipment, all of which is in excellent condition and marked 40%–80% off typical retail prices. They begin their stroll through the aisles with a journey into high fashion, featuring designer apparel from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. And both wee shoppers and their parents can rest assured that all of the articles have undergone a rigorous screening process by the Rugrats staffers, who discard any items that are unclean, damaged, or encased in amber. Cans of name-brand baby formula from Good Start and Similac ignite appetites in little browsers, whose older siblings can master the art of button-mashing on a discounted Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. Strollers, cribs, and car seats round out the store’s inventory, and are available for rent or purchase.
After 15 years in retail and sales, Denaé Oglesby craved a creative outlet. It began with stained glass building. Eventually her artistic talent outgrew a single medium, and Denaé started handcrafting earthy jewelry for Design by Denaé. Among Denaé’s bohemian pieces are dangling fine silver earrings designed with butterflies, a dragonfly pendant hung from a necklace with semiprecious gems, and a leather bracelet threaded through handcrafted fine silver tiles, one carved with the Native American symbol for protection.
In olden times, pledging allegiance to one's alma mater involved lots of tedious needlework and spools of embroidery thread. The staffers at HoundDogs make it easy for modern University of Tennessee fans with a store full of apparel, tail-gating supplies, and car and home accessories to celebrate the beloved football team. Apart from the typical shirts, hats, and jackets, the store houses prestige fan items such as football helmet shaped Christmas ornaments.