Founded by a registered nurse concerned about the chemicals found in conventional spa products, Eden Organics' award-winning spa offers services that bathe patrons in an expansive selection of organic, vegan, and gluten-free products. The oxygen facial revives skin by spraying complexions with hyperbaric oxygen, and the flower power peel which targets hyperpigmentation, age spots, and acne scarring. During the back facial, an aesthetician smoothens the dorsal plains with steam and exfoliation before extracting deposits of sebum and ingrown marionette strings. Therapeutic massages set clients atop thickly blanketed beds. All the while, dexterous hands glide over muscles with organic mineral oils, delivering fluid strokes to extract tension and melt muscles into sublime submission. High-quality waxes, exfoliating lip treatments, and fragrant scalp massages also help guests to internalize the spa's soothing atmosphere and its abundant flowers blushing over hardwood floors.
The impassioned pavement pounders and foot beglovers at Born to Run set inner chariots on fire with a tinderbox of name-brand running shoes, athletic clothes, and sundry accessories. The Oasis 2 from Fitflop ($50) combines the company's patented muscle-toning Microwobbleboard with soft, lustrous suede, straddling the divide between fashion and practicality along with stylish foot-envelopes from Asics, Adidas, and Saucony, among others. Born to Run also peddles essential accessories like heart-rate monitors, athletic socks, and motivation-pumping carrots to dangle before reluctant runners.
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
Beverly and Mike Flynn of Heaven's Gate Farm have taught students of all levels about horses and riding for more than 25 years. Lessons take place on Heaven’s Gate’s Farm and cover many disciplines, including jumping, hunt seat, horse care, and postmodern saddleism. With years of riding experience and championship titles under their belts, the trainers provide clear and gentle guidance to horse-happy hopefuls, resulting in strong, confident riders with proper seat and hand skills. A spacious outdoor ring is watered daily for dust-free riding, and the large indoor arena ensures year-round riding safe from torrential thundersnow and lightening rainbows.
Play N Trade, an independently owned boutique, stocks a vast arsenal of gear for gamers playing on systems ranging from Atari to PlayStation 3 and seeking gently-used nostalgic classics or the latest pixelated adventure. Players peruse a library of new games ($19.99–$59.99) for consoles such as Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii, and—with the Try Before You Buy policy—ensure games are more challenging than a race against a chubby child on a pogo stick. In addition to the variety of new titles, Play N Trade also carries retro games and consoles including Atari and Nintendo, as well as rare Japanese imports. Used games ($9.99–$49.99) all undergo a thorough inspection before being added to the Play N Trade collection, and the store upholds a 30-day return policy in the event that a game is defective or fire-flower gardens refuse to grow.