Led by owner Amanda Hudspeth, Great Griffin Farms' friendly staff cultivates an atmosphere of equine safety and instruction amid 25 acres of landscaped farmland. With instruction for all levels, coaches and instructors draw on decades of competition and teaching experience to school riders in the hunter/jumper discipline. Private lessons host riders aged 5 and older in indoor and outdoor facilities, and competitions allow students to compete for ribbons. Pupils will learn empathy, build riding confidence, and bond with their carefully selected hoofed companion. Great Griffin Farms also sells and leases horses to enthusiasts who want to spend more time in the saddle and less time in a living-room chair shaped like a saddle
Green Thumb Lawncare N' Landscape performs five services, each tailored to the time of year, to swivel drab yardscapes into shimmering turf. Green Thumb's lawn stylists mow, trim, edge, and remove residual strands (starting at $25). For springiness comparable to monkeys in moon-shoes, lawn czar's can add a six-service application of season-specific conditioning fertilizer and eliminate overzealous plant life with liquid weed control (starting at $32.50, including mowing service). Graciously lift leaves with a gutter-cleaning service (starting at $65) or gape jaws as a bleach scrub power washes away dirt (starting at $125), revealing a healthy sheen and an affection for patios typically reserved for chocolate-dipped lawns. Green Thumb delivers, spreads, and rakes double-ground hardwood mulch ($55/yard) or double hardwood brown dye ($65/yard) to garnish entrances and delicate exits.
The old mulberry tree at the top of Noboleis Vineyards—the same creature that graces the estate's wine labels—symbolizes the endurance of Robert and Lou Ann Nolan in pursuing their dream to own a vineyard. After purchasing a 74-acre expanse of Augusta farmland in 2005, the Nolans planted their first grapes: chambourcin, traminette, norton, and vignoles. Initial growth indicated high yields, but a late frost in 2007 claimed most of the chambourcin crop. Adversity struck again in 2011, when a tornado tore through part of the vineyards and lifted sections of roof off of the winery.
But between these setbacks, the Nolans built a steady string of accomplishments. Their first vintages claimed multiple awards at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Cup, and what had started as plain farmland grew into an estate encompassing an onsite winery, tasting room, cafe, and wine shop. The Nolans now lead tours and host tastings so that visitors can get an up-close look at how Noboleis's wines—such as the barrel-fermented vidal blanc—are produced without tickling the grapes. The indoor and outdoor grounds also regularly host events that range from weddings to live music performances.
Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 500 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as crickets, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
Greenside's lawncare professionals prune and nurture lackluster yards back into lush landscapes of verdant, springy grass. Core lawn aeration helps build thicker, healthier turf that can fend for itself against weeds, diseases, bugs, and ornery lawn gnomes. Aeration helps break up headlocked lawns held fast by soil compaction and thatch layers by creating holes in the soil for oxygen and water to trickle through. The treatment encourages deeper root growth and better water retention, which makes for lower sprinkler bills and extra ammunition to spray at the neighborhood watch. Post-aeration, lawns are covered with the detritus of a successful extraction session, leaving coils of soil that are easily mowed over or broken up. Although recently aerated lawns may look rough and in poor condition, if aerated during active grass growth (late spring or fall), they quickly recover, yielding a plush outdoor carpet for Lilliputian blockbuster-movie premieres.
Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.