People's Grocery Cooperative was founded in 1975 as a place where consumers could get local, organic, and natural foods at low prices. It stocks everything from hard-to-get coffees and spices to everyday items including milk and bread. Special orders bring in rare items in bulk and an on-site deli makes wholesome sandwiches with produce and meats from humane and local suppliers.
Plump peaches hang heavy from the trees surrounding Becks Farm, set in a serene and fertile location decorated with organic gardens, a farmers’ market, and amenable members of the Beck family. After a long season of growth, preparation, and paying protection money to the local hornet mafia, the trees and grounds make themselves presentable to visitors from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tours for all ages introduce guests to the acres of berries, fruit trees, and gardens as guides spout educational tidbits about the grounds. The onsite farmers’ market operates daily and showcases only the ripest seasonal treats. Throughout the summer, fresh produce may include peaches, cherries, and apricots, supplemented by a stock of prepared items such as jams, salsas, and tangy pickles.
Each night, KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze undergoes a bone-chilling transformation. Its family-friendly rides and activities vanish in the gathering dusk, replaced by the five frightening attractions that make up KC Fear Farm. Ghastly clowns terrorize guests amid the Circus Asylum's dark, billowing curtains, and a Buried Alive attraction horrifies all five senses with a realistic simulation of being six feet under. The corn maze—aptly renamed the Field of Screams—elicits cries of horror from visitors who dare to wander its pitch-black corners. Available on a separate or combined ticket, the Zombie Apocalypse paintball adventure pits turret-mounted paintball guns against armies of bloodthirsty undead.
Leon Butler opened Brookside Optical in 1989 with the vision that all clients, even those with hard-to-correct eyesight, could have access to stylish eyewear. Today, the shelves stock colorful frames ($100+) by small manufacturers and such designers as l.a. Eyeworks, Theo, and Anne et Valentin. Whether in retro cat-eye shapes or planted with futuristic jet packs, each pair of glasses is crafted by the on-site lab and ready to wear within days.
GNC sells a wide variety of supplements (vitamin and mineral and herbal) and other health products (sports nutrition, diet, energy, body care, and more). You're sure to find something right for you, such as Ginkgo biloba capsules or that box of SuperFoods Supreme you wish for every Groundhog Day.
A colorful mural of Kansas State sports legends beams down on fresh sandwiches and drinks within the locally owned Mr. K's Cafe & Bar. Chefs bake signature barbecue-pulled-pork flatbreads with asiago and mozzarella cheese, and stack the fixings of Reuben paninis and bacon-cheddar Angus-beef burgers. Seven types of freshly stewed soups pair with gourmet salads and half sandwiches, which settle atop tables between orange walls or stationed on the sun-drenched outdoor patio. Flat-screen TVs flash sports action across the eatery, and live music performances offer guests an evening alternative to sitting quietly in the dark.