Three generations after John Taves bought his first plot of land in the 1930s, grandson Loren Taves and his wife Corinne still keep the family farm running. At Taves Family Farms Applebarn, guests can navigate the expanded Corn Quest Maze, greet lovable critters at the petting barn, or tour the grounds on a hayride. A zipline lets thrill-seekers soar above the farm, and down below, edible ammo flies at non-ziplining targets from the corn gun and pumpkin cannon.
Driven Audio specializes in the selling and installation of mobile sound, vehicle security systems, remote starter systems, and non-remote easter egg coloring kits. Their staff of experienced technicians installs sound systems from brands such as Pioneer, Kenwood, and JL Audio, integrates smart phones into factory radios, and wires in state-of-the-art alarm systems and back-up cameras. Their technicians can upgrade cars, boats, motorcycles, and even ATVs with their stock of name brand electronics. Their team can handle custom installation projects of all kinds, including rear-seat entertainment centers to keep kiddies happy during road trips, Bluetooth hands-free systems to keep adult drivers' hands safely on the wheel, and HID Headlight upgrades to improve vision at night.
Now the largest travel-guide company in the world with more than 100 million of their acclaimed travel guides printed in nine different languages, Lonely Planet started as a humble, two-person enterprise. Their first run of books was limited to just 1,500 copies of Across Asia on the Cheap, written by founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler after their low-budget pan-Asian honeymoon and stapled together in their kitchen.
The attention to detail they pored into that first volume—which made use of personal experiences to lend the guide more credibility—has since become the hallmark of the series, granting readers the confidence needed to navigate foreign locales. The insider knowledge on accommodations, sights, and language set out in each guide is written and re-checked regularly by Lonely Planet’s dedicated team of more than 200 authors, who are constantly crisscrossing the globe in search of new points of interest and the best hotel beds for jumping on. Currently, their work amounts to 500 titles, covering both micro and macro views of 195 different countries, the intricacies of major cities, and primers on local language and cuisine.
Nominated by Mashable readers in 2011 as one of the year’s best music apps, FIT Radio stands out from other smartphone jukeboxes with its huge selection of professional DJ-curated custom playlists. Each playlist is made with workout motivation in mind, boasting a high number of beats per minute (BPM), seamless transitions between songs, and genres ranging from rock to hip-hop to indie. The playlists stream through speakers and headphones non-stop using FIT Radio’s app, which sorts the playlists by genre and BPM, simplifying the process of picking music that best suits a specific running pace or workout intensity. Users are also able to customize the app based on their music preferences, and also have the opportunity to share their favorite mixes and artists using social meda.
As renowned veterinarian and Good Morning America contributor Dr. Marty Becker perused the thousands of new products at the 2011 Global Pet Expo, the innovative SmartTag Pet ID instantly became one of his favourites. Dreamed up by the pet-loving masterminds at LittleGifts, the SmartTag system engraves handsome brass and aluminum tags with a beloved pet's name and contact numbers before storing the information online alongside the animal's pictures. Should Fido wander off, owners can contact a 24-hour emergency centre, which immediately broadcasts the pet's information to local animal shelters, rescue groups, and vets. The SmartTag website updates regularly with lists of found cats, dogs, and lobsters dressed in convincing dog costumes.