It would take a keen pair of eyes to spot all of the frames on display at Ellet Vision and Jackson Eyecare. With hundreds of options from designers such as Polo, Guess, and Calvin Klein, the stores' staff has no shortage of options to suit every face shape. Along with prescription sunglasses and contact lenses, they stock safety glasses that protect eyes from debris while sawing rivals’ cars in half. Just bring your prescription in to one of the two shops, and the staff can match it to a style of your choice.
Shopping carts loaded with dozens of different dry noodles from Japan, Korea, and China roll through the aisles at Hana Asian Market, where shelves hold spices from across Asia, homemade vegan and meat pot stickers, and bundles of sushi- and sashimi-grade fish. The market also regularly hosts sushi-making classes that demonstrate proper rolling techniques and give students all the necessary ingredients, sparing them the hassle of ransacking the aquarium in their office lobby.
Carnage in the Corn at Maize Valley Market and Winery is a six-acre corn maze full of twists, turns, and frightful sensory escapades. A vast growth of corn sorghum, field corn, and forest paths create a seasonal labyrinth that will have your blood developing goose-bumps as you turn each corner in unknowing darkness. Carnage in the Corn employs no actors or gross-out techniques lifted from such horror films as Man, Blood, There's Blood, Man; the unknown nature of the maze and the darkness are all that it takes to strike terror in participants of this sprawling center of the spooky. The maze is designed for kids of all ages, within reason, as actual babies are likely to go feral if exposed to fresh air and cornstalks for more than a few minutes at a time.
The Kopper Popper's popcorn treats are handmade, with quality ingredients used to create quality eats. Taste the store's quarter-century-plus of morsel-making experience with Kopper Popper's more than 19 flavors of popcorn—one for each proton in potassium. The centerpiece of this crunchy pantheon is The Kopper Popper's signature caramel corn, made with premium brown sugar and real grade AA butter and kettle-cooked over the flicker of an open flame ($7.25 for large bag). The fruit mix, featuring seven flavors (banana, orange, strawberry, cherry, green apple, blue raspberry, and grape) of confetti-hued, candy-coated white popcorn ($7.75 for large bag), finds its happy home in the middle of a Venn diagram marked "flavor" and "color." Nut enthusiasts can revel in the Nutty Crunch, containing an all-star lineup of cashews, almonds, pecan halves, redskin peanuts, and jumbo popcorn coated in an extra-rich buttery caramel cloak ($12.95 for large bag). Those who prefer more fantastical flavorings can choose from a variety of The Kopper Popper's savory popcorn, including jalapeño, bacon & cheddar, nacho, and pizza ($7.25 for large bag of each). The indecisive seeker of taste hybrids can mix up to three flavors in a tin or bag for the cost of the most expensive variety.
Nominated for Best Gourmet Grocery on Fox 8's Hot List in 2008 and 2011, Motts Old Mill Bulk Foods draws upon its 137-year history to satiate customers' cravings with a large selection of organic and natural products. Fresh peanut butter ($2.79/lb.) leads a lineup of house-ground nut butters, and myriad locally produced goods, such as Holmes County swiss cheese ($4.99/lb.), captivate taste buds with tales of Ohio's Swiss and Amish heritage. Rouse winter bellies with a serving of oatmeal ($0.64/lb.), or tempt sweet teeth with melting chocolates ($2.89–$3.29/lb.), cookies, and hardtack candies, which can be infused with more than 35 flavors of LorAnn candy oils ($1.09 each) before being placed in a mold or chiseled into a saccharine likeness of the David statue.