Country Meats' skilled butchers cull from a colossal cache of fresh, top-quality meats, slicing custom cuts of beef, wild game, buffalo, and pork. The knowledgeable staff slings more than 30 brat flavors, including pineapple, green onion, and skinless varieties infused with cheese. Whole chickens deliver protein alongside their red-meat brethren, which include gourmet burger patties and freshly cut sirloin and filet-mignon steaks. Summer sausages artfully complement the shop's smattering of cheeses, and edible accouterments such as farm-fresh eggs and potato salad round out meaty meals. Every Saturday, customers can voyage to Country Meats to nosh on house-made samples, and during hunting season, the shop's hours expand to accommodate wild-game processing and bouts of camouflage Hide-and-Seek.
Swiss army knives are famed for the many vital tools hidden in the nooks and crannies of their surprisingly small exterior; Star Performance Complex takes a similar approach to educating kids in fitness. Their instructors offer swimming, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and dance lessons to tykes who enjoy competitive athleticism. They also provide day and night care that combines structured activity with open play in their fun gyms, which feature not only gymnastics equipment but inflatable play houses. Other teachers focus on team sports, training kids to work together in softball, soccer, and cheer. All of this – excepting the swim lessons – takes place in their single, colorful facility full of squeaky hardwood, soft mats, and all the equipment a kids needs to build a strong body.
For more than 50 years, the employees at Get N Go Car Wash?a division of the locally owned Get N Go fuel and convenience stations?have found ways to make people's lives easier. Not only do the automated washes render vehicles squeaky-clean in about 15 minutes, but the company's online car-wash club also lets customers buy packages and manage their accounts 24/7. Some Get N Go locations even offer fresh mixed salads and wraps for hungry, health-conscious travelers or SUVs trying to diet down to compact-car size.
At Gas Stop Holiday's 19 locations across Minnesota and South Dakota, customers can pull into automated car-wash bays, where their cars receive beautifying polishes and foam baths. Gas pumps stand by to replenish tanks, and an indoor deli sates customer appetites for everything from coffee and ice cream to taquitos and salads.
Owners Amy Donelan and Sharon Rons keep their quaint shop stocked with an ever-changing abundance of quality home goods and room fillers to liven up even the dankest of dwellings and homeliest of hobbit holes. Shoppers can peruse interior upgrades such as artwork, silk florals, and original lamps (starting at $29.99), as well as exterior upgrades to their body-temples in the form of scarves ($29.95), purses ($50+), jewelry ($29.95+), and lotions ($10.99–$12.99). One-up the neighbor's makeshift Kool-Aid stand with Tea Forte's iced tea brewing pitchers ($29.99), a revolutionary new method for brewing whole-leaf teas into freshly flavored seasonal sips overflowing with antioxidants. Otherwise, stock up on Jaunty 100% wool rugs to politely shield the home from unwanted barefoot baggage. Hanging a picture frame (starting at $24.99) around the suspicious rectangular hole in the wall will make it look intentional, while a few well-placed candles ($4.50+) and potpourri ($19.99 for 14 ounces plus refresher oil) will mask the smell of poltergeist B.O. Likewise, accumulating a collection of wind chimes can wreak a subtle vengeance on any newspaper-swiping neighbors. At John Adam Collection, the home improvement possibilities are as endless as most American soap operas.
The epidermis excavators at Hello Gorgeous unearth healthy, vital faces from the rubble of dirt and expired skin. Recline in the quiet, calming atmosphere of a private room, and unwind as facial experts buff countenance bark with natural, nontoxic, paraben-free products. After cleaning, skilled fingers massage beaten brows and wipe away unsightly dirt and too-forcefully blown kisses. The session concludes with a facemask—perfect for both deep cleansing parched skin and performing Kabuki theater—which is topped off with a final moisturizing act. With the second option, in addition to the facial process, aestheticians will apply either an enzyme peel commonly used for mature skin, a glycolic peel for blemish reduction, or a banana peel for comic relief. These exfoliation exorcisms drive away dead-skin cells haunting faces with flakes and uneven buildup.