Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.
Family-owned for five generations and 116 years, Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply stocks residential and commercial kitchens with approximately 18,000 items, including a wide variety of food equipment. Patrons can paint egg-glaze masterpieces with a 1-inch boar-bristle pastry brush ($2.82) or don a chef’s hat ($8.99) to collect free sticky buns from passersby who mistake them for the Pillsbury Doughboy. Alternatively, customers can dunk dough in a 12-cup S/S deep fryer ($77.99) or dip delicacies in chocolate melted with a electric multi fondue set ($71.99) to craft homemade sweets. Hops and yeast from a True Brew Irish stout ingredient kit ($43.89) ferment into 5 gallons of full-bodied ale (equipment not included). Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply also hosts a substantial array of industrial service equipment for restaurants or wistful home kitchens dreaming of the big time.
Superior Carpet Cleaning doesn’t just eradicate dirt; it also eliminates the impersonal nature and harsh cleaning practices of bigger carpet-cleaning businesses. Because the company is small, the owner is able to oversee most of the jobs the technicians perform, ensuring each carpet, furniture, and rug fiber they work on is left spotless. And the formulas and equipment they bring along are all environmentally friendly, so newly cleansed floors are left safe for kids, pets, and impromptu handstands to impress the neighbors.
Since its founding by William Bright Sr. and William Dunk Sr. in 1927, Dunk & Bright Furniture has grown from a modest storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom. The store's staff—accredited by the Interior Design Society and American Society of Interior Designers—leads visitors through a maze of bedroom and living room sets, mattresses, and other pieces by brands such as Ashley, Harden, and aspenhome. A separate 1,000,000-cubic-foot warehouse stores the bulk of the shop's inventory, which also includes wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, shutters and blinds, and enchanted mirrors. Dunk & Bright delivers purchases free of charge within 200 miles of Syracuse.
Don and Donna Maines opened Green Thumb Markets in 1971, where they began cultivating buds alongside their young son, David. Though Don and Donna have retired, visitors can still spot David, his wife, and his four boys working in their greenhouse. They tend geraniums, prune roses, and discuss customers’ gardening concerns and methods for keeping lazy poets from using their roses as similes. Giant hanging baskets dangle from the ceiling, the electrically hued, trumpet-shaped blossoms of petunias spilling forth and tangling with ivy geraniums. On the ground, colorful rows of perennials, annuals, and vegetables thrive alongside a variety of topsoils, compost, and environmentally friendly mulches.
The Maines family also runs an onsite bakery, which they stock with their own homemade ice cream, cookies, and pies.
The do-it-yourself project experts at True Value can advise on the proper implements needed to complete an array of home-improvement jobs. Be prepared to upgrade hardware and assemble furniture with both slotted and Phillips heads thanks to a six-piece screwdriver set ($16.99), each forged from corrosion-resistant steel and heat-treated in a hot tub filled with magma to ensure durability. For carpentry undertakings, Titebond original wood glue ($5.99 for 16 oz.) unites any tree-based surfaces. True Value's team also supplies safety equipment, including mirrored safety glasses ($18.99) that can block the eyes from UV rays and airborne wood shavings when sharpening toothpicks that hang from the mouths of the Mount Rushmore faces. Craftsmen can stash their repair implements in a 19-in. all-purpose toolbox ($41.99).