MMIJA's 12,000 square feet of retail space overflows with a rotating collection of fabrics, yarn, patterns, and supplies from such manufacturers as Hoffman, Northcott, and Blank Quilting. Staff members clear off bolt-laden tables throughout the week and host classes for beginners and veterans alike. During Beginning Punch Needle sessions ($10), students can learn the basic punch needle techniques needed to forge pincushions and fabric ornaments in a stress-free setting. BQ Easy Quilt classes ($10) walk attendees through the creation of a geometrically precise quilt using a home-brought sewing machine.
Packard's Games and Movies caters to entertainment-seekers looking to nab movies, games, and accessories for both current gaming systems and the nostalgic platforms of yore. After successfully dodging fireballs hurled by the store's assistant manager dragon, customers browse used consoles that include PlayStation 3 ($229.99) and Xbox 360 ($129.99) systems, both of which can be accessorized with regular or wireless controllers ($35.99–$39.99). The friendly staff helps navigate the selection of current games, such as Madden NFL 12 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ($58.77 each), or can open a trapdoor to the store's hidden level that houses a cache of retro games ($2.99+). Previously viewed DVDs of popular Hollywood movies ($4.99) also line the shelves of all 10 stores, though each location carries a slightly different selection. This Groupon may also be used toward the cost of electronics repairs for PC computers, game consoles, iPods, and cell phones.
Tucked away on 100 acres just outside Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Arnold Estates mounts cowpersons of any caliber on amiable broncos for a one-hour walk, trot, canter, and lindy hop over scenic ridge tops and picturesque valley bottoms. Certified barn managers facilitate the friendship of human and horse, showing english or western riders the ropes and sending a couple of cowpokes-for-a-day on their way across miles of marked riding trails of various difficulties, with maps of the area and inspirational posters of the Sundance Kid available on request. As steadfast steeds sure-footedly navigate the terrain, equestrian counterparts can look out for frolicking forest critters, listen to the nearby creek, or politely tip an imaginary ten-gallon hat each time a ladybug flies by.
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.
Best Rest's staff focuses on curating a collection of mattresses from name-brand lines such as Simmons Beautyrest, and furnishing them to customers at the most wallet-friendly prices possible. They allow buyers to test each mattress to see which one will be the most supportive for jump-happy monkeys and they assist in filling out bedrooms with a selection of stylish Acme Furniture pieces. As they steer customers through the warehouse-style showroom, they dispense helpful advice on how to determine an ideal level of firmness and what to expect with a memory-foam mattress.