In 2003, Wendy Taylor Humphrey’s house caught fire, killing her two dogs, six cats, and pet goat. Devastated, she searched for a way to overcome her loss by helping other animals. She trained as a wildlife rehabilitator and founded West Place Animal Sanctuary four years later to help provide shelter and recuperation for abandoned and injured farm animals and wildlife. Today, the sanctuary serves as a home for a variety of animals ranging from domestic ducklings and rabbits to wild turkeys and sheep. Sanctuary volunteers and part-time staff members receive abandoned and injured animals, nurse them back to health, feed them, and provide them with space to roam.
When traversing Cole's River Family Fun Center's 18-hole mini golf course, golfers putt past water flowing down a mini rock-strewn mountainside, contoured greens, and rocky outcroppings surrounding the course. Adjacent to the course, guests of all ages can hone their swinging skills at the multi-bay batting cages, or enhance a different set of swing mechanics under covered bays at the on-site driving range. Golfers can unwind with solo practice sessions or enlist the help of a golf instructor during one-on-one lessons and group clinics. The multi-faceted facility also serves up Del's Lemonade, snacks, and lucky colors of mini golf balls.
The chefs at Tap House Grille wrap bacon around meatloaf, top hand-formed Angus beef patties with guacamole and roasted chilies, and put inventive spins on classic American dishes. In the dining room, flatscreen televisions hang above tufted banquettes and a handsome wooden bar keeps more than 50 bottled beers and 24 rotating drafts chilled. On Friday and Saturday nights, live music, comedy acts, and Simon Says tournaments entertain patrons, and a complimentary valet service babysits patrons’ cars.
When Simon and Jennifer Sousa opened Adagio Piano Lounge, they thought music would be the focus. That's why they planned to offer only a short menu of appetizers and drinks. But with Jennifer's mother, Lucy, in the kitchen, food became much more than an afterthought; her dishes garnered praise from patrons as well as The Herald News. Visitors can devour steamed littleneck clams in garlic sauce, chicken marsala, or Portuguese steak while live bands or dueling pianists perform in the background. Bartenders mix martinis and pitchers of sangria to pair with sumptuous entrees.
Over the years, Nicole LeBlanc's Catholic roots grew into a deep sense of spirituality, so much so that she left her corporate medical-sales job on a mission of self-discovery, pursuing a career in healing. Today, she's dedicated to helping others find their true self in mind, body, and spirit. In the comfort of the Spiral Healings studio, guests can request a one-on-one Angel-Card intuitive psychic reading, a Reiki crystal session, or chakra clearing and balancing to unblock energy channels, or Law of Attraction coaching to help unlock their potential.