Canastota Kart Speedway's slick indoor track and nearly quarter-mile outdoor raceway sing with the sounds of rumbling power from the engines of muscular sprint karts, easy-handling NasKarts, and double-seat Sidewinders. While they chew up asphalt on their way to the checkered flag, the aerodynamic karts remain as safe as they are fast thanks to sturdy roll cages and four-point safety harnesses. Batting cages stand ready for muscles looking to work through prerace warm-ups, and electric kiddy karts and a klaxon-filled arcade keep diminutive drivers entertained. The smell of savory fried fare emanates from the track’s in-house grill, setting the table for postrace refueling or attempts to engineer karts that run solely on french fries.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Owned by more than 2,600 members but open to everyone, Syracuse Real Food Co-Op houses organic, natural, and whole foods from national brands and local farms alike. The co-op's bevy of healthy options has been keeping its community healthy since it began more than a quarter century ago in the basement of its first managers, who sought refuge from preservative-filled, artificially flavored atomic bombs.
Community-minded curator Jan Constas stocks The Gift Box's red and white cottage-style storefront with locally crafted goods. The floral Bella Taylor-designed Blue Tropic eyeglass case ($10.95) keep spectacles conveniently stored, and a bevy of handbags ($29.95+) carts necessities more stylishly than a bedazzled wheelbarrow. Decorate delicate joints with Viva Bead bracelets and necklaces ($12.99+) or the Tribal stretch cuff, a 2-inch-wide wrist embellishment fashioned from gold, copper, and silver beads engraved with tribal patterns ($19.95). Chic shoppers can cloak necks in ethereal shrouds with the Snake scarf ($16.95), a lengthy purple and white shawl emblazoned with serpentine scales, tailed by fringe as delicate as the summer breeze on a snowflake's face.
Since 1903, Davis Florist & Greenhouse’s family of flora artists have crafted delicately designed bouquets and arrangements from fresh and blossoming flowers. A bounty of orange roses, hot pink and red carnations, and matsumoto asters overflow from a clear glass vase in the How Sweet It Is bouquet ($34.95+); a dozen red roses peak from an elongated glass house ($54.95) to help couples celebrate anniversaries with more grace and romanticism than a Gone with the Wind audio book narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Birthday festivities commence with the Fly Away Birthday Bouquet, which teems with a symphonic septet in the rainbow’s favorite colors ($52.95+). Reams of classic chicness populate the Simply Elegant spathiphyllum, which placates a warmongering wicker pot with a white peace lily emerging from dark leafy greens ($42.95).