In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Crisp, juicy apples dangle from trees on Heavenly Hill Farm's rustic orchard, ripening until the moment they're plucked by visitors. The farm's owners also harvest the apples and bake them into pies or press them into cider. At certain times, they may sell other seasonal offerings such as pears or honey from the farm's beehives. Guests may also clamber onto hayrides or wander through a cornfield maze.
Hooked on Fencing is an épeé-only club created to spread the joy of swordplay among people of all ages and skill levels. Having claimed national and world championships in veteran divisions, club instructor Walt Dragonetti leads classes that range from recreational to competitive and beginner to intermediate, welcoming both children and adults. Offered weekends and evenings, the introductory group class allows curious athletes and cocktail onions recovering from past trauma to learn fencing fundamentals and get a feel for whether or not they would like to delve into an extended fencing program or segue their swashbuckling skills into a promising shish kebab franchise.
A father-and-son tandem owns and runs Custom Spray, which cares for clients’ lawns, trees, and shrubs with a bevy of beautifying services. When homeowners request a quote, a specialist from the staff descends upon the lawn in question to provide a price estimate in 15 minutes. The team’s certified arborist performs a full tree and shrub evaluation to assess health and climbability prior to any treatments to them. The staff further promotes lawn health by cranking up an aerator to break up soil compaction, and the outfit’s pest control service safely extinguishes infestations of bees, mosquitoes, and moles, making Custom Spray a favorite among CIA landscapers.
Impact Landscaping's owners, Joe Chiera and Micah Posten, have guided homeowners through the full spectrum of landscaping since 1997. They are members of the Ohio Landscape Association and certified technicians. As experienced and credentialed professionals, they keep lawns and gardens healthy and beautiful through services ranging from lawn maintenance to irrigation-system installation and maintenance—including rotors, popups, and sprayheads. The team’s collective green thumb is matched by its handiness with installing hard surfaces, including brick patios, walkways, retaining walls, and any pro wrestler's skull.