Peanut Centre Nursery has prepared horticulturists for the growing season with their vast selection of plants, supplies, and services for the garden and yard since 1973. They grow the majority of their plants locally—including shrubs, shade trees, and perennials—and ensure that they are well-adjusted to the surrounding environs. They also offer landscape design services, as well as a rewards program, which allows frequent shoppers to exchange Green Card loyalty points for free merchandise and insider tips on how to paint their thumbs green like the pros.
Drawing on more than 40 years of clothing experience, Towne Shoppe’s owners stock two boutique spaces with array of designer casuals, activewear, formalwear, and accessories for all genders. Men step into the khaki embrace of Dockers trousers ($75), and female shoppers look for places to stash spare snowboards inside a white or black Roxy hoodie ($44.50). Keep torsos from being hassled by attention-starved breezes with colourful Hurley crew-neck graphic tees ($52), or peruse a menagerie of jewellery ($21+) such as diamond-studded bracelets, vintage necklaces with gemstone pendants, and silver hoop earrings. To keep uncovered heads from attracting nesting hot air balloons, customers can browse baseball-style hats emblazoned with Quiksilver and Element logos in black, blue, green, and brown ($28+). While shopping, fashion seekers are surrounded by floor to ceiling dark wood shelves, protruding wall racks, and interlocking table displays under eclectic wall art made from lengths of rope and prints.
Nestled among 100 acres of lush vineyards that have blossomed for more than 25 years, Mastronardi Estate Winery cultivates 18 different kinds of grapes that resident winemaker Lyse Leblanc transforms into a prize-winning slate of wine varietals. Lakes Erie and St. Clair sandwich the region, naturally maintaining a suitable vine-harvesting climate that yields the building blocks of sweet dessert wines, crisp whites, bold merlot-cabernet amalgams, and sparkling varietals. Visitors tap into a rainbow of elegant elixirs during tours, tastings, and seminars, decamping to the winery's European-inspired tasting boutique, where a knowledgeable staffer points out oft-overlooked subtleties, such as the pinot grigio’s hints of honeydew and longing. Mastronardi Estate Winery donates a portion of proceeds from the floral-inspired Brianjë riesling to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association in memory of the daughter of owners Eadie and Tony Mastronardi.
Meleg's produce professionals grow a seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables on a 65-acre farm and transform pickings into jams and ciders. Visitors venture into the orchard where they pull peaches straight from the tree during the summer ($0.70/lb.) and arm-wrestle branches for apples ($0.70/lb.) and the locations of secret exits to the corn maze in the fall. Patrons take a break from traversing the trees to browse the orchard's store, where arms overflow with twelve ears of sweet corn ($5) and 250 millilitre jars of strawberry jam ($3). Starting September 15, the cider mill wakes, lets out an ear-splitting yawn, and begins producing sweet apple cider ($3–$5) and vinegar ($10–$15).
When Colio Estate Winery opened in 1980, they were the first winery in the area to seek a license since prohibition was lifted. This is surprising, since these vineyards lie on the same latitude as famed wine regions in northern California and Tuscany, Italy, which indicates that the regions could have similar growing climates. The area also boasts lush, fertile soil and a growing season longer than most of Canada, making it a favorable place to ripen grapes.
Today, Colio Estate Winery produces more than 400,000 cases of wine per year, including big red wines and refreshing whites. Knowing collaboration is key in the winemaking process, winemaker Lawrence Buhler and vineyard manager Kevin Donohue work in tandem to produce high quality wines in varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests at the winery can learn about their process on tours, wander the vineyard, or recline in the outdoor pavilion to enjoy glasses of wine in the open air.