The chefs at Justin's forge a menu of snappy American fare inspired by the eatery’s live jazz performances. After completing their dinner application forms, guests can feast on orange-brandied glazed duck breast positioned atop mounds of mashed sweet potatoes and beans ($20.95). Jamaican jerk chicken weaves a complex tale of meaty flavors ($17.95), and Cajun-stuffed chicken breasts prove that what's inside counts with a hidden trove of crabmeat and shrimp stuffing ($18.95). Perfect for satisfying rumbling tummies or anchoring a plate made of balloons, shrimp and clam puttanesca weighs down its pasta with a heaping helping of capers, black olives, and anchovies ($19.95). Patrons can also excavate spinach and gorgonzola ore from a stuffed and mounted filet mignon adorned with a portabella demi glaze ($26.95). As they absorb live jazz among flickering candles in Justin's softly lit interior, couples can whisper sweet nothings to one another or show their love by planning a joint synchronized swimming routine.
New England Hydroponics' trained staff roams the shop, eager to help patrons find the perfect products for their indoor-gardening needs. They demonstrate equipment for customers or allow them to try it out before purchase, helping them learn the ins and outs of products such as HID lights, grow tents, and flutes that make vines dance. A newly built 4,000-square-foot warehouse keeps New England Hydroponics' retail store stocked with supplies for gardeners of all types.
In 2007, manager David Stauffer transformed a century-old building into a charming dry-goods store. Honoring the antique architecture, he still sends grains sailing down the building's antique wooden chute, which unloads shipments into pickup trucks and the gullets of bears that are tired of stealing picnic baskets. Additionally, the shop continues to stock its signature birdseed blend, lawn fertilizer, garden and pet supplies, hay, and other outdoor essentials.
Voted Best New England Restaurant, Best Service, and Most Romantic Restaurant by Valley Advocate, Chandler's Restaurant bursts with a spectacular array of traditional New England surf ‘n’ turf. Dinner diners can ease into a seasonal menu with the local-goat-cheese plate, featuring toasty doubloons of crostini, augmented with caramel apple, fruit preserve, and walnut pesto ($12). Culinary artists bind a variety of locally sourced produce and meats into miraculous entree options, which include traditional New England bouillabaisse ($30), a miniature ocean of tomato, saffron, and butter broth, dotted with islands of clams and mussels, and lapping at a golden garlic-toast shore, where a fresh fillet of fish basks, slathered in lobster aioli. Lunching mouths can discuss the benefits of collecting cocktail umbrellas while tasting the menu's BBC beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips ($14.50) or an armada of sandwiches, from the Pilgrim, a mound of roast turkey breast festooned with sage dressing and cranberry sauce ($9), to the house-smoked pastrami reuben ($10.50).
Credo Skate & Snow Shoppe kits out extreme land- and snow-riders with name-brand boards, gear, clothing, and accessories. Wear your sport on your sleeve or craft a tiny sleeping bag for your favorite board with Vans or Altamont T-shirts ($20) or graft on a set of Spitfire wheels ($30) for smooth cruising. Sidewalk surfers searching for new skating surfaces can pick up a new deck ($55) by brands such as Anti Hero, Alien Workshop, and Raw and keep a steady grip while achieving perfect balance with Adidas Dennis Busenitz skate shoes ($75). Offering long-boards such as Loaded Boards' Dervish ($310) as well as trucks, wheels, and skate-friendly clothing, Credo Skate & Snow Shoppe encourages the speed-seeking demands of adrenaline addicts hanging out at skate parks, snow hills, and shopping-cart stalls everywhere.
Pet Lodges hosts cats and dogs for boarding and daycare across five New York and Vermont locations, including the Albany airport. During dog daycare, pooches frolic in an enclosed pebble-lined yard, where affable staffers referee games of chase and fetch. Kitty camps treat cats to three private levels of cozy climbing and napping furniture, and dog suites include raised, cushioned beds and three to four trips to the exercise yard each day. Daycare, kitty camps, and canine luxury suites' built-in webcams allow families to check in on their pets as they socialize, sleep, and perfect their latest tail-braiding-tutorial videos. Pet Lodges' sister store, Checkerhills Farm, stocks organic and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as dog-wash stations and coffee and treats for humans in Glenville.