Something wicked lurks within the abandoned peach orchard at Depiero's Country Farm. But to discover which petrifying presences lie in wait, intrepid guests must walk through Night-mares Haunted Attraction's unsettlingly named Twisted Maniac Trail. Scares spring from behind every turn, sometimes in the form of special effects, other times in the form of actors donning horrifying getups. At certain points, those scenes may depict intense, blood-soaked frights not recommended for children 10 and under. If the outdoor trail ever gets too freaky, participants of any age can be escorted out quickly by shouting "safety", just like the protagonist does at the anti-climactic conclusion to Friday the 13th.
The staff at the newly opened Hudson Valley Cakery bakes every item in its quaint bakery from scratch and whips up pies, cupcakes, tarts, and custom cakes without artificial flavors or preservatives. The shop even offers gluten-free options among the frosted creations behind its glass cases. Hudson Valley Cakery opens for breakfast and serves coffee every day but Monday, tempting customers with treats such as champagne-custard and raspberry-buttercream cupcakes as well as flaky, cinnamon-laced morning buns. To boot, eight varieties of pie render decision making at the bakery as difficult as getting apple pie classified as an enemy of the state.
Cupcakes bring out the child in people, so who better to make those treats than a child? Patrick DeBiase, the owner of Stud Muffins Cupcakes, is just 13 years old. He first started baking at the age of four with the help of his grandmother, who is a classically educated pastry chef. With her help, he creates Stud Muffins’ variety of cookies and cupcakes, which are delivered to doorsteps when customers order them through his online shop or through wishing really hard. In the future, Patrick has big plans to attend culinary school and open a storefront for his business, but for now, he's content serving the community—his business donates 50 cents to the Tourettes Syndrome Association for every dozen cupcakes sold.
The baristas and bakers of Gypsy Donut and Espresso Bar perform a daily balancing act of baking handmade treats from locally sourced and free-trade ingredients, reducing their carbon footprint, and expanding their community outreach. They accomplish the first feat by producing a tasty assortment of donuts using ingredients acquired from local purveyors and farmers and brewing free-trade beans roasted by Nyack’s own Stumptown Coffee. Their dedication to reducing waste inspires them to donate used coffee grounds for composting, and they also make use of the building’s exposed brick walls and reclaimed materials including a fallen pine tree, which was fashioned into a counter. The staff is equally committed to the local community, and they demonstrate this by giving surplus food to local pantries and participating in the Mostly Music Festival with their edible saxophone routine. They encourage participation from their guests by allowing them to make donut-flavor suggestions with a grand prize of a half-dozen donuts given to the winning idea's generator.
The peanut-butter slathered sandwiches at the Peanut Butter Blues Cafe happily swim in a sea of thirst quenchers and open-mic sound waves. Nutty connoisseurs can expand their palates with sandwiches including the Junglicious, which partners peanut butter with honey, cinnamon, and fresh bananas ($5), or the Guitar Hero, a concoction of peanut butter, wild honey, and blackberry jam ($5). The café also outputs heftier sandwiches, such as the Smoked Salmon BLT ($9) and the Hungry Man From Siberia, comprised of meat dumplings, mushrooms, sour cream, and dill ($10). For liquid fuel, open-mic enthusiasts can snag steamy espressos ($2), chilled orange-chocolate shakes ($5), or the too-cool-for-simple PB Blues house shake, which unites bananas, peanut butter, chocolate, and walnuts ($6).
Nestled inside a Victorian home, Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, a winner of Bergen Health & Life magazine's 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Gift Shop, tempts the quaint and the whimsical with shelves and cases full of heart- and flower-themed gifts for women, children, and the home. A kaleidoscope of color and cornucopia of scents, it offers handmade and wearable art and accessories, as well as indulgent bath and body products and garden tools. To put a finishing touch on each gift, the staff offers free giftwrapping, and the shop's tables and vividly colored play space for kids welcome guests to linger, relax, and enjoy the scenery.