After a round of renovations, owners Mike, Al, and Jamie filled the shelves at Metro Wine and Spirits with libations for all tastes. Wines from such makers as Blufeld and Ecco Domani bring with them the flavors of Europe, while the popped cap of a Surly craft beer hisses "I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night_." Liquors by such favorite brands as UV stand ready for inclusion in cocktails. Visitors dropping by the shop may even find themselves swept up in a tasting or a contest to identify wines by cork texture alone.
Though each of the instructors at Woodloch Stable has a different list of horsecentric specialties, they all agree on one thing: when riding and training a horse, communication is key. Whether their students are taking a leisurely pass down an outdoor path or have competitive goals in mind, the staff knows that proper riding begins with the signals that riders give their horses. Staff members teach these during group and private lessons, as well as during kids’ day camps targeted to aspiring equestrians. The facility’s sprawling green pastures and tall, leafy trees paint a pastoral backdrop for trail rides and make a cozy home for the horses who board at Woodloch Stable. The staff also specializes in breaking and training horses, even those that have spent their teenage years grounded for bad behavior by their horse parents.
Select Vintage applies customer-designed labels to bottles of delicious Californian, Minnesotan, Italian, and German wines to create thoughtful and elegant gifts. For a memorable birthday, wedding, or unbirthday present, you can outfit a bottle of merlot or chardonnay with a customized photo and a personal message. Notes of spicy apples and pears resonates throughout each sip of their California chardonnay, while ripe cherries, blackberries, and plum lend their California merlot fruitful overtones.
A participant in HGTV's Landscape Smart, Lawn and Landscape Gardens imbues its services with 19 years of knowledge as they craft unique designs and maintain lush lawns. Its brigade of yard artists pledges allegiance to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and continually takes continuing-education classes to stay ahead of industry advances. Refusing to sacrifice quality for profits, the company limits the number of new customers it takes on each season to make sure each one gets enough attention and hand-typed secret-admirer notes. In addition to beautifying neighborhood yards, Lawn and Landscape Gardens extends their service into the community at large, sponsoring courses at the University of Minnesota's agricultural school and assisting schools with garden projects.
The seasoned racers at Right Fit Running know the mechanics of an excellent stride, the structure of sneakers, and the joys and trials of pounding the pavement. As runners themselves, they're fit to equip fellow athletes with shoes, apparel, and gear that enhance performance. When runners need new shoes, sales associates begin by evaluating foot shape and pronation. When runners want to scale up from half marathons to full marathons, the experts suggest energy supplements and performance-enhancing gear, such as compression socks and jet packs.
Named one of 2012's top 100 five-star bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Penn Cycle and Fitness has helped its customers enjoy smooth cycling for more than 57 years. From spare parts to automobile racks, the shop carries a large assortment of bike-riding gear for casual and serious excursions, while also offering repairs. During repair classes, the staff imparts its knowledge of bicycle mechanics onto pupils, who walk away from the 90-minute sessions with the ability to adjust brakes, fix faulty chains, and provide other other helpful bike-related tips to make sure you learn how to take great care of your bike.