In business for more than 25 years, the eponymous family behind Tagge’s Famous Fruit cultivates and nurtures a bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and veggies. Today’s Groupon nets eager ghouls and goblins enough locally grown Halloween pumpkins ($2–$7 each) to adorn the most festive domicile or malevolently appointed minivan on the block. Tagge’s fruit stands overflow with the bright-orange gourds, which can be baked into a pie, carved with a spooky face, or baked into a spooky-faced pie.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
Bodeen Ski and Sport's trained and certified staff of seasoned skiers arm customers with the properly tuned equipment and attire they need to partake in arctic athletics. Patrons lug their blades into the shop, where dexterous handymen apply a hot wax to the base of their sliding platforms to ensure optimal slipperiness for careening down hills or rapidly fleeing dull holiday office parties. A specialized grinding machine then levels the base and sharpens bottom and side edges for improved snow slicing. Technicians adjust repairs to address the specific concerns of each pair of skis, and will inform customers if their instruments would benefit from additional servicing or a hot-stone massage.