In 1936, nearly three years after the end of Prohibition, Station Plaza Wine and Spirits opened its doors. And so long as alcohol has remained legal, Station Plaza has remained on Kraft Avenue, its shop stocked with top-shelf spirits including brandy, tequila, and sambuca.
Though it has a wide selection of hard liquor, the store really specializes in wine. Its collection includes more than 2,500 hand-selected labels from around the world. Wine consultants can help narrow down a patron’s search for the perfect bottle by wine type, region, or producer, and they can even steer customers in the direction of more hard-to-find varietals or organic wines. The Station Plaza team also champions wines that rank in their top-rated category. The discerning criteria for inclusion on this list are taste and seasonality, rather than whether it stains your lips an attractive color. To learn more, check out the wine blog one of Station's owners contributes to.
The family-owned 1-800-Flowers Shoppe, a local subsidiary of 1-800-Flowers, crafts distinctive arrangements with fresh-cut buds placed within delicate keepsake vases. Arrangements run the aromatic and aesthetic gamut, including contemporary, traditional, and high-style arrangements ideal for anniversaries, holidays, or chain-gang reunion parties. The store also carries an extensive gift line, including gourmet and fruit baskets as well as silk arrangements and greeting cards.
After about a quarter of a century running its firearms store, the staff at RT Smoke N Gun Shop constructed an adjacent range, where indoor shooting lanes set targets via electronic runners.
RT Smoke N Gun Shop supplies rental firearms, and rifles.
RT Smoke N Gun Shop's staff members happily share everything they know about firearms?which could make for some long conversations, considering the family behind the store has been in the security and firearms industry for more than 40 years. Beyond weapon sales, the team leads classes, including the NRA Basic Pistol Safety course and a bow-hunting lesson that satisfies state requirements.
Mint Pros works with a roster of nearly 50 past and present ballplayers to offer fans once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including stadium tours that explore the inner workings of historic ballparks. During these tours, former big-leaguers lead groups behind the scenes to explore areas that aren't normally accessible to visitors, such as the dugouts, press boxes, and laboratories where the best umpires are cryogenically frozen. Throughout the year, Mint Pros also organizes autograph shows, meet 'n' greets, and luxury suite packages for games, which are highlighted by appearances from select players.
Broken Bow Brewery began as a labor of love. The owners initially brewed beers solely for friends and family, but they decided to take their hobby to the next level after receiving heaps of praise and a confident "Go for it" from the local soothsayer. Today, they strive to maintain that same small-batch quality, but they share the fruits of their labor with thirsty strangers from near and far. A wide variety of beers—including creamy stouts and refreshing lagers—rotates through the taps in the tasting room, where visitors are encouraged to bring their own food to pair with the brews.