Like many women and retired manikins, Salice Boutique owner Kristen adored fashion, but wanted affordable, flattering styles she could really wear. She began selling apparel by indie designers out of her spare bedroom, but the business became so popular she decided to open up a true storefront. Her airy boutique, nested inside a white clapboard house, stocks feminine fashions in hard-to-find brands such as Miss Me Jeans, Tulle, Karlie Clothing, and Joyous & Free. Dresses in bold, vibrant prints can go from casual to glamorous with the change of a Lindsay Phillips sandal strap, and handmade jewelry by Lori Snyder brightens outfits with colorful beads, stones, and petrified rainbows.
Dave and Ester DeFehr founded Daveste' Vineyards in 2003, and, after several years preparing the land, turned their first harvest into 500 cases in 2006. Today, alongside winemaker Sara Wooten, Dave and Ester continue to take a minimalist approach to winemaking, limiting their production to some 1,500 cases per year. Despite its size, the DeFehr's output has resulted in award-winning varietals, as well as both dry and semi-sweet whites and reds. Visitors to the vineyard may test some of that selection inside the property's rustic, timber-frame tasting room, which doubles as a gallery for local artists.
If a hunter closed his or her eyes and imagined the ideal store, it could easily look like Sportsmans Hangout. The shop brims with hunting gear—from rifles and shotguns to compound bows to camouflaged clothing. Sportsmans Hangout is owned by a family of sportsmen, who personally select every product that they carry. The store also hosts archery lessons taught by a Team USA archery coach.
Four Corners' quality frames take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall. With more than 1,000 frame samples to choose from, problems like a lack of frame samples are no longer an issue. Custom framing has a wide price range due to variations in size and material choice. Average orders run between $100 and $300. Shadowboxing, which sometimes involves fending off invisible pugilists, in this case refers to the framing of three-dimensional objects. Four Corners begins shadowboxing sports jerseys at $200, and prices go up from there. The shop is quite shadow-savvy; in fact, they've framed everything from high-heel shoes and golf balls to champagne bottles and guitars. Just keep size and material selection in mind when handing over today's Groupon. If the cost of your project exceeds $100, simply pay the difference.
Athletic Edge Sports Performance’s Zach Hulce is a certified personal training and professional motivator who started his athletic career with collegiate football. After a few years on the team, he decided to dedicate himself to helping others with their athletic betterment. To achieve this, he started to train athletes, and soon graduated to leading small group fitness classes, and finally to opening Athletic Edge Sports Performance. During his boot-camp sessions, Zach aims to help participants of all fitness levels get into shape by leading them through intense interval training that combines bursts of cardio with strength and flexibility training. He incorporates nutritional coaching into his classes to help students keep healthy outside the gym.
Joining the witness-protection program is the best way to disguise your identity, but the vast array of costumes at Halloween Express gives the program a run for its money. For more than two decades, the chain’s 300-plus stores have supplied customers with costumes year-round from vampire capes for Halloween to Caesar togas for the Ides of March.
In preparation for the fall of 2013, they’ve added more than 3,000 new items to their Halloween collection. These costumes range from Day of the Dead masks to Darth Vader costumes for dogs. The store’s party supplies add a spooky touch to festivities and include tombstones, rotting pumpkins, and giant hairy spiders.