For over 75 years, Rogers Jewelers has lavishly exhibited a sparkling smorgasbord of fashion and bridal accoutrements. The professional staff guides customers to ensure informed purchases. Accessorize with a Diamond Key Pendant, a take on the old-fashioned skeleton key design ($59). Rogers provides free inspection and cleaning of jewelry, as well as a lifetime guarantee with each purchase of a diamond or promise to have children for the sole purpose of purchasing diamonds in the future. Rogers also donates to the American Red Cross and local school programs.
Packard’s Games and Movies fuels friendly competition and hours of virtual entertainment with an eclectic abundance of gently used media. Gamers can fire up current consoles with a collection of used games, such as Halo 3 ($9.99) and Fable II ($7.99), which carry the ghosts of past triumphs to challenge their new owners. Those yearning for pixels of the past can dive into a rich selection of retro games ($2.99+) for vintage systems including Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Guide virtual superheroes as they jump across flames and elude persistent tax collectors with controllers for the Playstation 2 ($9.99+), Super Nintendo ($9.99+) or the Nintendo 64 ($12.99–$19.99). Stacks of previewed DVDs ($4.99) and Blu-rays ($8.99+) provide ample fodder for future movie nights. Each store has a slightly different selection, so call ahead for specific inquiries or simply browse through the cartridge- and disc-packed aisles in person.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
Lisa Foster Floral Design, honored with the Best Flowers designation by CityVoters and WTZN, wins fans with its ample supply of pretty petals, plants, and gifts. Owner and designer Lisa Foster has had more than 20 years of experience in the flower industry, artfully arranging botanical masterpieces for occasions ranging from intimate birthday celebrations to lavish weddings and bee conventions. The studio is reminiscent of a European floral boutique and brightens days with a rainbow of bloom bundles, including the Walkin’ on Sunshine arrangement, a sunny display of yellow tulips ($40), and the Pretty in Pink bouquet, a dozen pink roses displayed in a square glass vase ($35). Pick up a treat-filled Goodies & Gumdrops basket ($40) to thank a cubical mate for letting you steal from his snack drawer while he was out of the office for the holidays. Stop by the store to consult with the friendly staff, or view arrangements online before placing an order over the phone.
The Bed Store keeps human forms intact and relaxed by promoting quality shut-eye time with a variety of plush, firm, memory-foam, and pillow-top mattresses. Take a running start toward a pampered bedtime and belly flop onto a queen SleepQuest Latitude firm mattress set bolstered by tempered bonnell coils and easy-to-count sheep ($298). The twin SleepQuest Canyon European pillow-top set is ideal for guest rooms ($368), and the queen Serta Natural Start Dahlia Plush set turns ordinary bedrooms into master bedrooms ($1,048). Customers may also placate tired backs with a selection of Vivon, Sterling and Thomas, and Better Homes and Gardens mattress sets such as the king Zalia memory foam ($1,148), which contours to bodies like a sleeping bag filled with Jello. Included with all sets are two premium pillows and a mattress protector.
Ski Scuba Center is an aquatic activity hub where undersea sojourners purchase gear and learn to reach new oceanic depths. With more than 50 years of diving experience among them, instructors prepare flippered feet to scuba, swim, and lifeguard, edifying water-goers and offering certification during private and group classes. The Center also sends its snorkel constituents to Florida and the Caribbean on scuba trips and presents a number of tips on equipment-servicing treatments, such as filling tanks with air and feeding sugar cubes to well-behaved goggles.