Batteries Plus, No. 19 on the Dun & Bradstreet AllBusiness AllStar Franchise rankings, connects to a network of 515 stores in order to stock more than 40,000 types of batteries and light bulbs and ensure that customers can special order obscure parts. Their batteries range from dainty watch batteries to 5,000-pound leviathans that can power forklifts, and an on-site tech center can design and assemble custom batteries or rebuild old ones. A diverse array of chargers keep systems juiced, and the shop’s bulbs range from fluorescent tubes to heat lamps. To safeguard the environment, Batteries Plus's staff recycles all types of batteries and bulbs rather than hauling them to landfills or feeding them to each other.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center educates old ranch hands and rootin’-tootin’ greenhorns about the cattle drives of the 19th and 20th centuries with multimedia presentations and interactive exhibits. Wannabe bovine chaperones can try their hand at roping a steer, learn how to tell the age of cattle, and watch animatronic cowboys discuss life on the trail and successful ways to impersonate humans. Inside the multisensory Experience Theater, viewers are transported along on a cattle drive as they smell the flowers of the prairie, hear the sounds of cattle, and feel the wind and water of a storm. An interactive video game lets kids play the part of a rancher trying to get a herd to the railroad, and a branding station helps exercise creativity by marking property, such as video games or siblings.
8,000 sq. ft. Scrapbook & Paper Crafting Store opened in 2001. Supplies for invitations, home deco, school projects including custom designed local and area school papers, stickers & albums. We imprint on albums and offer custom designed albums, bags, purses and more with your photos on them.
Heart Strings stocks a wide array of gifts, cards, and flowers specially engineered to generate mile-wide grins from any recipient. Petal Pushers, the in-store Teleflora flower shop, carries a bounty of beautiful bouquets to commemorate an anniversary, the arrival of a new baby, or the 30th birthday of a pet rock (all bouquets $45+). For a sweet-smelling gift that doesn’t require water or sunlight, choose from Heart Strings’ vast selection of WoodWick candles ($18.99) and Lampe Berger air fresheners ($19.99), or opt for a Willow Tree carved figurine that wards off bad odors with its adorably stoic expression ($14.99). Heart Strings also stocks Da Vinci beads for customizable jewelry creations, as well as ready-to-wear accessories ($21.99+) and bedazzled flat wallets ($16.99–$19.99).
A baseball takes flight. A batter readies his arms. Steady hands and eyes send balls sailing into the netting, whereas uncertain swings produce only a focused breeze. In All About Sports's 15 batting areas, batters calibrate their swings as they smack baseballs across a 50- to 65-foot space. Friends can roll balls into manually fed pitching machines and watch as they hop over makeshift home plates, meet the bat with a resounding crack, then slide dolefully back to their home at the base of a ball pit. Athletes may also work on fundamentals with available equipment including batting tees and pitching rubbers. All About Sports requires all batters to wear helmets to guard brainpans against loose baseballs.
Throughout wedding season, bells in the century-old Spanish chapel at Chapel Creek Winery ring out across the grape fields. Students of Redlands Community College's enology and viticulture program tend to the vines’ more than 46 grape varieties, taking part in each step of the winemaking process. They grow, crush, and reanimate the grapes before fermenting and bottling the wine. Guests visiting the winery can tour the fields, watch the students in action, and stomp on grapes inside wooden barrels.