Couples escape to Springfield Spas to lose themselves in the hot tubs that occupy its 10 private rooms. Duos can slip into a bubbling hot tub and adjust the temperature to the level they find most suitable for relaxing muscles, invigorating circulation, and poaching eggs. Some themed rooms transport guests to such tranquil places as gardens or beaches, whereas others are decorated with zen-inspired paintings or Oregon Ducks gear. As their troubles dissipate, tandems can contemplate the open sky in the select rooms that feature half or open roofs. Each room comes equipped with a radio and shower, and some rooms can accommodate mp3 players or modestly sized orchestras. The one-hour getaways spare couples the expense of taking more elaborate vacations and the hassle of filling their attics with hot water when they want quick respite.
When it comes to filling women’s wardrobes, Little Black Dress aims to be as ubiquitous as its namesake apparel. The consignment shop inches closer to its goal with every addition to its inventory, a meticulously curated collection of vintage designer clothing. Jimmy Choo shoes, Coach handbags, and apparel by Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, and Zac Posen fill the racks and shelves, which undergo constant makeovers as new items pour in. In addition to upscale items, Little Black Dress also stocks casualwear such as T-shirts and jeans, the official garments of weekends and National Blue Jeans Day.
Tended by horticultural hubbies Bob and Gayle Kramer (and their dog Jasper), Little Red Farm Nursery houses a bevy of botanical betterments well equipped to spruce up any lackluster landscape. Add height and interest to lawn layouts with a 3–25 gallon tree (starting at $19.99+), or a 1–10 gallon shrub (starting at $8.99+). Or deck a deck with a hanging basket, dripping with enough jewel-toned blossoms to make Elizabeth Taylor marry it twice ($24.99–$39.99).
Valley Vintner & Brewer supplies budding and experienced home brewers all the equipment and recipes needed to concoct tasty batches of beer and wine from the comfort of their kitchens. Each home brewery basic starter kit contains fermenting necessities along with The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, an instructional tome chronicling beer’s mighty rise to prominence as America’s go-to shower beverage of choice. Your experienced vintner instructor will guide guests through a three-hour home-brewing class, answering all grain-related queries from, "How are hops grown?" to "Can I still drink my beer if it develops human emotions?" With gear and guidance from Valley Vintner's expert ale aficionados, beginner beverage barons can raise their glass-fulls from bottle-dependent infancy to full-flavored adulthood.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.