Heart Strings stocks a wide array of gifts, cards, and flowers specially engineered to generate mile-wide grins from any recipient. Petal Pushers, the in-store Teleflora flower shop, carries a bounty of beautiful bouquets to commemorate an anniversary, the arrival of a new baby, or the 30th birthday of a pet rock (all bouquets $45+). For a sweet-smelling gift that doesn’t require water or sunlight, choose from Heart Strings’ vast selection of WoodWick candles ($18.99) and Lampe Berger air fresheners ($19.99), or opt for a Willow Tree carved figurine that wards off bad odors with its adorably stoic expression ($14.99). Heart Strings also stocks Da Vinci beads for customizable jewelry creations, as well as ready-to-wear accessories ($21.99+) and bedazzled flat wallets ($16.99–$19.99).
The Fashion Flip gives shoppers two ways to overhaul their wardrobes: grab a fashion-forward accessory to jazz up an existing outfit, or pick up gently used brand-name clothing via consignment sale. From flowing cheetah-print tops and sheer tunics to colorful wallets and scarves, the store mixes brand-new pieces and like-new additions. You’ll see names like Miss Me on women’s jeans, and Coach’s stamp of authenticity on purses and shoes. Shoppers can accent new ensembles with a trendy necklace, fashionable earrings, or piece of Brighton jewelry, or just ask one of the staff to paint their family crest across their shirt. The staff at The Fashion Flip specialize in wardrobe consultation to help customers use their new purchases to make complete chic outfits.
LuSh Berries specializes in a smorgasbord of creamy frozen yogurt treats and fresh, delicious crêpes to delight dessert-friendly palates. A wide variety of constantly changing flavors can be Slip N' Slided across the taste buds, including chocolate, watermelon, pineapple, lemon raspberry, and lychee. The rich, tart flavors of LuSh Berries’ probiotic fro-yos ($0.39/oz.) can be self-served in 16 oz. or 24 oz. sizes, then garnished with a selection of more than 40 different toppings, ranging from nature's candy (strawberry, blueberry, and banana) to mad scientist's candy (caramel, Cap'n Crunch cereal, Butterfingers, and sprinkles). If cold and sweet things remind you of the beautiful snow woman who left you last spring, stick to warm and equally decadent dessert crêpes such as the LuSh Berry Heaven crêpe ($5.50) and the cheesecake crêpe ($5.75). Lunchtime office escapees can also order savory entree crêpes (served with chips) such as the club crêpe ($7.85), which comes with bacon, ham, smoked turkey, and American cheese, or transform it into the smokin’ strip crêpe ($6.75), which subtracts the ham and exchanges the American cheese for a slice of something that doesn’t conjure up images of Uncle Sam diving into a butter churn.
At TG Farms Pumpkin Patch, autumn’s shifting breezes not only herald a fresh crop of gourds, but also the start of the farm’s annual festivities. From morning until nightfall, families traipse through the patch in search of a pumpkin that will transform into their dream jack-o’-lantern or a car for their children to take to college, and navigate the twists and turns of a massive corn maze. On a calm pond, ducks await generous handfuls of feed, and a petting zoo lets wee ones commune with calves and goats. Back under a roof, the gift shop hosts decorative gourds, straw bales, and other fall decor.
Although autumn is the season when activity reaches a fever pitch, TG Farms is open to outdoor enthusiasts year-round. In spring, visitors learn how crops grow in the fields and flowers bloom in greenhouses. When the sun strengthens into summer, farmers peddle homegrown tomatoes and juicy watermelon. And in winter, when the last leaves have frozen over, families can pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree or collect a jar of fresh snowman tears.