One glance at the exposed brick and stone that surrounds you at Gas Station Kitchen and Bar?itself a former gas station?and it's clear you're feasting inside a gastropub. But Chef Forest Dunlap's complex flavors don't make that deduction so easy. His Maryland crab-cake sliders and old-bay chips transport you to a classic New England seafood shack, and his wood-fired pizzas conjure up visions of Italy with toppings such as goat cheese and balsamic reduction. He also uses a house smoker to summon Southern comforts, creating dishes such as the pork platter?a medley of smoked pork shoulder, pork belly, and housemade sausage.
To complement the kitchen's eclectic servings, head bartender Gary Weisinger pours a variety of international and domestic brews, including several from Hershey's own Troegs Brewing Company. On the cocktail front, he sticks to the classics, such as daiquiris, singapore slings, and rum runners, which were once the official drink of America's least successful track team. Along with these meals, Gas Station hosts frequent events, such as live music, beer launches, and Irish dances, to entertain patrons until its 2 a.m. closing time.
With some things in life, it's best never seeing how they're made. Cupcakes, on the other hand, have a much more pleasant creation?and at Sweet Escapes Cupcakes Bar, you can witness the process first-hand. Here, cupcakes are custom-made to order, meaning visitors are free to choose the flavor of cake, filling, and frosting that goes into their cupcake. Creations can be as simple as a vanilla cupcake with vanilla-bean frosting, or they can be as unique as a red velvet cupcake filled with peanut butter and topped with chocolate. Customers can also put the kibosh on sweets cravings with non-cupcake treats, including scones, cinnamon buns, puff pastries made with fresh fruit, and seasonal sweets, such as pumpkin rolls and yule logs.
At Encore Farms, a wide assortment of jumping obstacles—including cross rails and verticals ornamented with colorful flowers—populate the different rings, ready for clearing by teams of horse and rider. Shira Horowitz looks on, overseeing each student’s advancement by passing on skills she learned from riding horses since she was a little girl and earning an Equine Science degree from Wilson College. Shira gently but persistently coaxes the best performance out of her pupils, regardless of whether they aspire to enter serious competition or just need an icebreaker for chance encounters with knights in shining armor.
Though he had originally studied architecture and interior design, Michael Peluso found his career path to be artistically lacking. Once he took his first glass-blowing class, though, he knew he’d found his true medium. It was a logical fit, as his ancestors had practiced the art in Germany and Italy. Michael has since gained knowledge from numerous glass-blowing masters. He passes on this knowledge to his students in various classes, during which he teaches them how to safely manipulate molten glass and blow it into intensely colored marbles.
Licensed massage therapist Jessica Kline can apply six types of massage modalities, including relaxation, deep-tissue, and hot stone. Jessica, who is a parent of three, admits on her website that she specializes in helping ease the tension of expectant mothers or post-thanksgiving eaters with prenatal massage. Kline can also tack on a moisturizing body-wrap treatment.
Executive Shine Auto Detailing, LLC sends your favorite four-wheeled suits through the rinse cycle with meticulous mobile cleaning services. Expert technicians dispatch directly to homes or offices, using eco-friendly techniques to restore cars inside and out. They also pamper rides with a special tire dressing that makes wheels look brand new and salads taste like the open road.