Originally a limestone mine, the Mega Cavern was mined for 42 years, beginning in the 1930s, and is now the largest building in the state of Kentucky. The cavernous facility utilizes its 90-foot-high thoroughfares to unite guests with an exhilaration previously known only to highly caffeinated miners—ziplining. Customers can purchase separate tickets for a variety of attractions, including Mega Zips ziplining, open daily throughout the year, the Lights Under Louisville show running through January 1, and the Mega Tram, which runs beginning in mid-January. During Mega Zips tours of up to two hours, amateur spelunkers will stream across the subterrain’s six underground ziplines and dual racing lines under the sage supervision of the cavern's ACCT-certified experts. Along the way, guides will entertain guests with tales of the cavern’s rich history and uncanny impressions of stalagmites. Their newest attraction, Mega Quest, just opened in Fall 2013 and claims to be the only underground ropes challenge course in the world.
Lamps ensconced in metal shades toss warm beams across New Earth Garden Center's verdant showroom, where thriving basil, tomato, and hot-pepper plants demonstrate the dirt-free wonders of hydroponic gardening. Organic provisions for soil-less and traditional planting fill shelves and display cases with supplies such as nutrients and fertilizers, eco-friendly pest control, composting supplies, and heirloom seeds whose plants bear hardy blooms, unique fruits, and stories from their seedling days of climbing trellises uphill both ways. Robust collections of wheatgrass growing kits also guide gardeners through the two week process of nutrient-packed projects and inspire future harvests.
In-house interior designers guide patrons through the more than 130 glass pendant lights that gleam through a massive array of lighting fixtures at Scorpio Interiors. Barstools and other home furnishings beg to enliven drab rooms, and a mouth-blown glass pendant light ($175) can drench vaulted ceilings in an auburn glow while patrons utilize a Sticks floor lamp ($125) to pole-vault over exposed rafters. The 17-inch Abeni ceramic sculpture ($63) and water-drop bud vase ($24) are tasteful accents to an art collector’s living room, and the alabaster pebbles and manageable flame of a bio-ethanol tabletop fireplace ($269) create an ideal venue for campfire sing-alongs free of Smokey the Bear's off-key howlings. Clients solicit the help of the staff to sift through the 100 barstools, available in 17 metal finishes and 80 fabrics, that freckle the display floor.
Originally founded in 1873 as a purveyor of ivy and dahlias, Schulz's Florist now stocks a spectrum of floral arrangements, plants, and gifts that can be tailored to suit the recipient's preferences. Schulz's Florist's Message in a Bottle bouquet gathers premium seasonal flowers into an eclectic recycled vase, such as a wine bottle or Jacques Cousteau's spare scuba helmet. This arrangement requires three days' notice for delivery so Schulz's can plan their delivery schedule for optimum energy efficiency, reducing the overall environmental impact of this bouquet. The Message in a Bottle arrangement is recommended for upbeat sentiments, such as "thank you," "thinking of you," and "Thank God it's Tuesday." Tell the blossom gurus at Schulz's about your recipient's personality and favorite colors, and they will create an individually tailored bouquet to suit any sweetheart or occasion, or pick a prearranged hand garden, such as the wildflower mix ($35), or a seasonal mélange of sunflowers and zinnias ($35). Peruse Schulz's extensive list of flowers and their meanings to create a bouquet of subtext, such as hydrangeas, which stand for sincerity ($35 for a small vase) or orchids to signify beauty and mild confidence in one's ability to break dance ($35 for a simple arrangement). Use your Groupon to cover the charge for Schulz's delivery service ($8–$12), delivery only to Jefferson County, Prospect, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany. Orders totaling $75 or more are delivered for free.
Once known simply as CC Spa, CC Medi Spa added a whole new suite of services to its menu when it added a word to its name. To supplement the facials, manicures, and pedicures the spa always offered, its aestheticians are now joined by chiropractors and massage therapists who provide health-boosting bodywork. The dermaplaning that they offer removes all facial hair and may help minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and pre-cancerous skin cells.
The team partitions their 4,000-square-foot space into private rooms, each dedicated to a specific kind of service and ancient Sumerian deity. While one person relaxes in the massage room or sits in the pedicure room's leather throne, others can wait their turn on the lobby's plush taupe couches, bathed in tinted light from the tall windows obscured by pale violet curtains.