St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers bursts at the seams with rare and out-of-print items and holds nearly 50,000 hardcovers and paperbacks and a wide collection of maps and prints. Brightly lit and organized by topic, the shop's shelves attract a varied demographic of bookworms, who can effortlessly slither their way around the 5,000-square-foot store to discover children's classics ($5–$500), philosophical anthologies ($5–$250), and a volume of one-liners from Mr. Rogers. Owner and hardcover sleuth Gary Goodman travels through the United States, Canada, and Europe, hunting down titles on the Civil War ($5–$100), decorative arts ($5–$200), Western history ($10–$200), and sports ($5–$500). Culture cravers can also lay hands on a wide selection of hand-colored, 19th century architectural drawings, maps, and difficult-to-come-across prints ($25–$200), such as a photogravure of Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston ($29) in 1906. Feel free to leaf through titles within the orderly stacks or settle into one of the chairs dotting the store like freckles that spell out the word _Read!. _
Situated in a red-brick edifice on a cozy corner, The Valley Bookseller gives book lovers hospitable environs and heaping amounts of literature. Text-ravenous eyes can feast on the store's beefed-up inventory, which stocks lockers of bestsellers such as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ($27.95 for hardcover) and Dead or Alive ($28.95 for hardcover) among an already meaty collection of fiction and non-fiction favorites. Wander the written words of a favorite author, decode directions to hidden treasure in the works of Norman Mailer, or get helpful life lessons from sleazy Hollywood agents in the books of Jackie Collins. If a particular manuscript beckons but doesn't appear in-stock at the store, The Valley Bookseller will order the book at no additional cost, with the order usually arriving within a week.
At Abbott Paint, dwellers seeking to bedeck humble abodes can choose from an array of colorfying products, such as paints, varnishes, stains, and carpet. Buyers can revel in environmentally-friendly options with one-on-one assistance from the shop's experienced, helpful staff. Brighten pale walls with one of several liquid pigments, including Benjamin Moore Regal Select ($47.99 per gallon) or the Abbott Private Label ($31.99 per gal.). Terrestrial patrons can celebrate Earth Day by using California Elements' zero VOC low-odor flat paint ($48.49 per gal.).
• For $93, you get two months of weekly competitive cheer classes for kids ages 8–18 plus a cheerleading top and lycra shorts (up to a $244 value). • For $65, you get two months of weekly noncompetitive-cheer classes for kids ages 8–18 and competitive-cheer classes for kids ages 6–8, plus a cheerleading top and lycra shorts (a $164 value). • For $20, you get one month of weekly adaptive-cheer classes, geared toward kids 7 and up with physical or cognitive disabilities (a $55 value).
The Jiffy Lube Signature Service oil change comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle-maintenance checkups, an exterior window wash, and interior floor vacuum. Trained technicians entreat cars to say "Ahh," before quenching automotive thirst with a refill of transmission, differential, transfer-case, power-steering, and windshield-washer fluids. A detailed inspection enforces the well-behaved manners of the antifreeze and coolant reservoirs, engine air-filtration system, serpentine belts, wiper blades, and exterior lights. By evenly distributing the weight across each tire, a fresh tire rotation helps to minimize wear and tear, maximize traction, and avoid the need to conceal balding tires with cumbersome toupees. Though Heartland Automotive Services Jiffy Lube sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Oaks Wine & Spirits supplies alcohol aficionados with nectary fermentations in various delectably fruity and grainy forms. Those searching for brewed beverages can savor the uninhibited exuberance of the Delirium Tremens ($10.99) or the brusque peccadilloes of the Great Divide Titan IPA ($10.29). In the liquor cabinet, bottles of Pure Dusk Junmai DaiGinjo Sake ($14.99) and Three Olives Dude Vodka ($19.99) join together for a party of international flavors and dangerously glassy high-fives.
As a child, Brian Axdahl and his sister loved heading to the end of their road to sell their father's sweet corn and freshly picked vegetables. Just as Axdahl's Garden Farm & Greenhouse evolved from his father's hobby into a large-scale business, Brian's involvement soon evolved from roadside seller to current owner.
Approved by the Food Alliance Midwest, Axdahl's sustainable approach to crop growing ensures pesticide-free yields and ensure healthy produce with every bounty. Through a Community Supported Agriculture program, he distributes produce shares at various pickup sites over a 20-week period each year. The program partially overlaps with the farm's vegetable season, when Axdahl's crew harvests produce ranging from bi-color sweet corn to zucchini.
When not tending to their land, Axdahl's Garden Farm & Greenhouse stays busy ushering in the farm's other seasons. From May to September, fruit trees, hardy shrubs, and more than 50 combinations of hanging basket await new homes from their spots in the greenhouse. In autumn, the farm entices visitors with a corn maze and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Inside a restored red barn, more autumnal treats reside, including decorated indian corn and fall mums. To ring in the winter holidays, Axdahl's treats guests to free hot cider and hot chocolate as they select holiday decorations such as Christmas trees and custom-decorated wreaths.