In 1906, Joseph Fleitz purchased a tract of land along Seaman Road. Though he immediately started to farm, it would be another 85 years before his great-grandson, Paul, planted the first pumpkin patch, officially christening Fleitz Pumpkin Farm. Since then, the family has built other attractions, and the wind raises a thrumming whisper from the stalks of a 5-acre corn maze capable of stumping even Ivy League–educated scarecrows. Tractors pull hay carts full of chattering riders, and other amenities include a free tricycle zone and an area to feed goats and chickens. During the fall, when the air grows crisp and cornucopias hang heavy on the trees, row upon row of sunset-hued pumpkins line the periphery of the farm. The scents of cinnamon drifts from a snack shack serving freshly made doughnuts and hot cider.
Essence is a fitness studio focusing on each client, working on their personal needs concerning fitness and well-being. Essence has a staff that is extensively trained in a variety of fitness/wellness training techniques and experienced in working with individuals seeking to improve or maintain their health and well-being
Owned by artist and healthy cuisine honcho Revathi Chillapalli, Deepam India’s inventory of groceries and its rotating menu of entrees offer customers the conveniences of a grocery store and the hospitality of a dine-in restaurant. Groceries enable take-home tours of Indian flavors ranging from fresh breads ($2.99) and lentils ($2.99–$5.99) to reheatable frozen entrees ($3.99–$4.99). Those preferring instant gratification can sit down to enjoy Deepam's fresh offerings such as chicken kebabs ($1.99 each) and a selection of dosas—Indian crêpes —with a choice of fillings ($5.50–$6.50). While munching, visitors can admire the interior’s evocative wall hangings that include Revathi's original oil paintings and autographed headshots of vegetable stars such as spinach and peas.
In 1978, a modest 32’x144’ poly greenhouse began supplying a farm with tomatoes and pepper plants. More than 30 years later, the greenhouse has exploded into a 3-acre operation that supports a leafy abundance of 15,000 flowering hanging baskets, more than 100,000 potted annuals, and 25,000 potted perennials. Helmed by Don and Janice Bench and their son and daughter-in-law, the greenhouse and nursery pairs visitors with more than 200 varieties of hybrid roses, which only require 1 gallon of gas to bloom on the highway, as well as trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.
In November and December, the garden center morphs into a winter wonderland that showcases more than 100 decorated trees and a seasonal trove of ornaments, fragrant wreaths, poinsettias, and crimson bows. During summer months, the Benches man a roadside produce stand, where they sell sweet corn, melons, beans, and squash from their 650-acre farm.
A mom-and-pop convenience store and deli for nearly two decades, South Side 6 caters to famished folks with a variety of Lebanese and American dishes, including grilled burgers. Sink carnivorous incisors into the double-decker Swiss Mushroom’s two quarter-pound beef patties, or take tongues for a joyride atop the cheesy Route 25, loaded with tomato, lettuce, onion, and pickle fixings. An order of fries heightens the sandwich like a deep-fried forklift, and a cold beverage (a $1.71 value) swishes away bun crumbs and mustard residue, leaving mouths as clear as an unused Etch A Sketch. The burger-and-fries combo (an $8.99 value) concludes with a piece of baklava, which is as complimentary as it is honey-soaked.