Envisioned by two local artists, Viola’s Gallery cloaks beauty seekers in new and vintage clothing, varied accessories, and handmade artwork such as crafted jewelry and sculptures. New togs from Tulle, Covet, Topin, A’VE, Pin Up Girl, and Chic Star mingle with the vintage crowd, a heterogeneous assortment of classic styles that range from formal 1980s prom gowns to anti-compact-disc T-shirts from the 1920s. Spring dresses convince the shyest season to stick around at least until summer ($15–$35), and straw fedoras ($6) and sunglasses ($5–$11) allow winterized faces to once again enjoy the sun in style.
Strange things are growing at The Fun Farm. The corn looks normal until you start to notice the intricate paths cut into it. Other fields sprout brightly colored pyramids, cylinders, and even covered wagons and helicopters. In place of curse-bearing scarecrows, there's something else to watch out for among these crops: your fellow paintball competitors. Seven playing fields host both paintball and laser tag, with inflatable bunkers at the airball field and natural cover across wooded fields. (The "Black Hawk Down" field is where you'll find the helicopters.)
The Fun Farm's 76 acres hold much more than paintball, however. Surrounding the playing fields and the corn maze, natural forests, hills, and open terrain also make an ideal setting for a 21-hole disc golf course. A rock-climbing wall looms elsewhere, and go-karts zoom around a track. While they play, visitors might also be tempted by the aromas of cheeseburgers and barbecue-rib sandwiches drifting from the snack bar.
Surrounded by thick woods, lines of vines, rows of apple trees, and a garden lush with vegetables occupy 35 acres of Scout Mountain Winery. There, the Schad family has been handcrafting wines for more than two decades in styles such as blush, syrah, and chambourcin. Tucked away on the property, the family also oversees a quaint bed and breakfast inside a country house erected in the 1920s.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Dr. Tom Haas might be the one examining clients at Imaage Cosmetic Surgery Center, but there’s a chance they might recognize his face as well. The board-certified plastic surgeon has made multiple television appearances, been featured in numerous magazine articles, and offered advice in several educational cosmetic surgery videos. Readers of LEO Weekly named Dr. Haas the area’s best plastic surgeon in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the center also earned the publication's best spa award in 2011. The state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery suite puts client satisfaction first, offering a discrete exit for patient privacy and a comfortable waiting area for loved ones. Most procedures can be performed under Twilight anesthesia, which reduces undesirable side effects such as grogginess and mid-session snoring. The center's registered nurse and licensed aestheticians also perform a variety of nonsurgical services, including laser facial treatments, peels, and body-contouring VelaShape sessions.