Crisp, juicy apples dangle from trees on Heavenly Hill Farm's rustic orchard, ripening until the moment they're plucked by visitors. The farm's owners also harvest the apples and bake them into pies or press them into cider. At certain times, they may sell other seasonal offerings such as pears or honey from the farm's beehives. Guests may also clamber onto hayrides or wander through a cornfield maze.
Hooked on Fencing is an épeé-only club created to spread the joy of swordplay among people of all ages and skill levels. Having claimed national and world championships in veteran divisions, club instructor Walt Dragonetti leads classes that range from recreational to competitive and beginner to intermediate, welcoming both children and adults. Offered weekends and evenings, the introductory group class allows curious athletes and cocktail onions recovering from past trauma to learn fencing fundamentals and get a feel for whether or not they would like to delve into an extended fencing program or segue their swashbuckling skills into a promising shish kebab franchise.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Located within a two-level, 40,000-square-foot showroom, Basista Furniture brags incessantly of an extensive collection of high-quality furnishings to populate multiple rooms in any abode. Test-drive five-piece dinette sets ($599+) and TV entertainment units ($399+), or locate a recliner capable of inducing sleep or acting as a makeshift dinner table ($369+). Basista Furniture also features a multitude of dining room, bedroom, and home-office furniture made by top-quality manufacturers such as Sealy mattresses, Smith Brothers, Stanley, Ashley, Leather Italia, and Best Recliners. The friendly, helpful staff will help patrons conquer their furniture buying fears, and help guide lost seating seekers to their perfect seat receiver.