Though it advertises itself as the largest no-kill shelter in the Twin Cities, Animal Ark’s homey facility seems more like a relaxing retreat for the more than 1,000 homeless cats, dogs, and rabbits that come through its doors each year. Cats bask in sunlight within feline apartments as dogs lounge atop soft raised beds in their own spacious kennels, sinking teeth into chew toys and treats. Of course, time at Animal Ark isn't all leisure. Canines awaiting their forever homes stretch their legs across a large outdoor play yard, aptly named the Ark Park, where ample trees and greenery mix with park benches where dogs can train their human friends to sit.
Potential owners can also get to know adoptable pets online. The website posts a first-person profile of each available animal that lists its breed, personality, and master’s degrees.
The certified technicians at MWJ Heating travel to customers' homes to diagnose and fix any problems with household heating systems. During the 45-minute inspection, a furnace specialist will investigate domestic heat conjurers of all types, ensuring properly functioning chambers, flowing ducts, and soot-free Yule logs. After assessing and repairing temperature-regulating troubles, the mechanical troupe will leave manors securely heated and free from midwinter breakdowns and unsolicited snowman intrusions.
Long rumored to be the home of eerie happenings, a lonely stretch along Highway 61 has begun to attract even more sinister attention with the arrival of The Haunting Experience. Drawing from the site?s fabled past?including tales of cannibalism and mysterious disappearances?four haunted attractions illicit goose bumps by way of deranged clowns, frightening hay rides, and ghosts plagued by unfinished business and half-completed doctoral theses. While waiting to enter a haunt or take down zombies with paintballs, guests can fortify their spirits by a bonfire and munch on snacks from the Ghoulish Grill. Those seeking a tamer experience can venture through a corn maze during the daytime, solving clues hidden within its paths to win prizes.
The Zywiec family, owners of Zywiec?s Garden Center for more than a quarter century, offer their green thumbs and botanical expertise to customers year round. They coach and outfit clients for DIY yard improvement projects, or come out to homes and take care of landscaping themselves. They've also transformed their garden store into a gathering place that always offers some form of seasonal attraction. In the spring, for instance, they host planting parties at which attendees put together their own containers of young plants; the Zywiecs then nurture the pots until the weather warms up enough to put the flora out. In the summer, they serve ice cream and homegrown sweet corn. Come fall, its time for their haunted house and zombie paintball attractions. And, of course, winter means Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands.
Eclectic Goat is a creative space for aspiring artists, with a studio and gallery adorned with impressive displays of locally fashioned works. Anyone who finds themselves absentmindedly sketching on the edges of notebook papers or recent photos of their exes is welcome to come hone their scribbling skills in a relaxed environment. The 90-minute class allows doodlers to experiment with three different sketch styles. Pen, pencils, and paper are provided to nurture creative instincts, as well as instruction on the realistic number of teeth to give the dinosaur monster truck you're drawing.
Upscale Consignment's exacting staffers hand-select gently used items from luxury brand names, such as Coach, kate spade, Banana Republic, and Ugg, for each of its three stores. Clothing for men and women, as well as shoes, jewelry, handbags, and headbands, fill neatly organized racks and tidy displays, which arrange accessories by color or pattern. All consigned clothing must be 3 years old or younger, to ensure the shop's styles remain en vogue.