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.
When Bill Gross opened his jewelry business in 1966, he laid the foundation for a successful family enterprise built on offering stunning designs and friendly, expert customer service. Throughout the store, generations of the Gross clan help clients choose the perfect engagement ring or anniversary present, or appraise an heirloom diamond based on its cut, color, clarity, and ability to attract dragons. Lead Designer Mark Gross works hand-in-hand with clients to design custom rings, pendants, and bracelets, and 10 signature brands offer selections that decorate customers in stunning pieces. Since it sources fine gemstones through Kimberley Process merchants, Gross Diamond Co. ensures that its display cases are free from conflict diamonds of any kind.
Paintball Asylum's more than 40 acres of playing fields beckon competitors to duck and dive behind bunkers or dart through buildings. Visitors paint opponents' chest canvases with acrylic bullets on two turf air-ball fields, playing high-speed games that resemble professional teams or replays of pickup games on fast-forward. The village field challenges players as they skulk over two bridges, through several buildings, and around three cars. Meanwhile, 20 acres of wooded fields scattered with bunkers offer an expansive space to reign victorious over an opposing team and act out the last scene of Hamlet in the shade of an oak tree. A fully stocked pro shop arms players with acrylic artillery, and teams can swing by Paintball Asylum for tournaments, clinics, and scenario games hosted throughout the year.
Behind a cool gray façade and huge, shop windows filled with smartly attired dress-form mannequins, Apricot Lane Boutique fills wardrobes with an ever-changing lineup of stylish apparel and jewelry from renowned labels. Fashion mavens and close friends Kimberly Beyer and Wendy Lytle guide visitors through the forest of organic-material Trinity tops, Miss Me denim wear, and colorful patterned dresses, decorating guests in the same designs worn by famous celebrities and up-and-coming celebrity impersonators. In addition to operating a successful business, the pair maintains a strong connection to the community around them, entertaining multitudes with family-friendly or fashion party events while also supporting local shelters, schools, and athletic programs.
From its 20,000-square-foot showroom on Louisville's historic Frankfort Avenue, this family-run business helps beautify local homes and businesses with its stock of lifelike silk flowers, custom-designed silk trees, and home decor pieces such as lamps, mirrors, and pictures. The company staffs a team of professional designers, each of whom boasts more than a decade of experience toiling on projects for high-end resorts and local restaurants. At D & W, they use their trained eyes, nimble fingers, and telekinetically manipulated glue guns to assemble aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting silk floral arrangements and topiaries. They can also customize silk trees to customer specifications, ensuring that each silky sapling is perfectly sized to fit in your home or office.