Country Boy's Garden Center, equipping green thumbs with gardening supplies for more than 25 years, commemorates the fall season with an autumnal collection of outdoor and indoor foliage, largely sourced from local growers within a 60-mile radius. Gardeners can complement gushing lawn fountains and pools filled with pirate treasure by planting 8-inch ($6.59–$6.99) and 12-inch ($17.99–$19.99) chrysanthemums, which bloom for six to eight weeks during both fall and spring and infuse flower beds with seasonal colors such as red, pink, and lavender. Eyes comb through more than 70 varieties of pansies, including pansy packs ($2.59) and the aptly named Plentifall pansies ($2.99) that spread up to 18 inches. Meanwhile, the orange hue of pumpkins ($0.49/lb.) sparks memories of jack-o'-lantern carving, and a year-round Christmas shop unveils luminous holiday trees, nativity scenes, and poinsettias. Knowledgeable staffers sprout out of their pots to help visitors navigate through all the greenhouse's shelves and colorful hanging baskets. Before visiting the store, customers can browse the garden center's online plant-care guide for tips on picking colors and prepping soil for its new tenants.
It might be an understatement to call Kevin Brooks a "book lover." He began collecting, buying, and selling books in 2000 and kept at it until his library surpassed 70,000 titles. Originally known as "Brooks with Books," the store was eventually sold to another book-loving entrepreneur, Mark Johnson, who is now the president of Reedy River Book Company. The store still has a varied inventory, with a specialty in vintage books and used classics that are held to a high quality standard, as well as rare collectibles, such as first editions and copies of Goodnight, Moon signed by the moon.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes imagination-expanding art classes, mobility-enhancing sports classes, Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn, plus all family classes. The month membership allows you to take one class per week and attend unlimited open gym sessions. Additional benefits include discounts at the Gymboree clothing store.
Six weeks. That's as long as it takes to transform a body from flabby to fit and a temperament from guarded to vivacious. That is, if you join The North Pole Dance Studio's Six Weeks to Sexy course. One pole-dancing class per week eases students into the workout while they gain not only muscle mass, but also sass.
When discussing CT's Grillin & Chillin's atmosphere with reporters from Metromix, founder Mike Fletcher explained, "I didn't call it a sports bar on purpose." Mike wanted his eatery to be something more than just a sports bar— a place where his son could perform music, where his daughter could work during summer break, and where family and friends could gather over classic American dishes. So while the 12 televisions are often aglow with the latest sports games, on other nights, the bar hosts live music, karaoke, and trivia nights. Servers hoist plates of hearty sandwiches and spicy wings from the kitchen, while bartenders dole out mixed drinks and pour glasses from their selection of more than 25 draft brews.
Neon beer signs cast a nostalgic glow across the dark-red walls of the cavernous dining rooms, illuminating the large booths and wooden tables. A spacious area in the front of the venue is equipped with microphones and speakers, creating an ideal stage for open-mic nights or public declarations that calculus is boring, no matter what popular opinion says.
Rings of smoke float through the air, ascending from fine, hand-rolled cigars poised in the hands of Kalahari Cigar Bar & Lounge’s patrons. Three large flat-screen televisions light up as guests recline on leather couches or lean against the full bar stocked with domestic and imported brews. In addition to cigars, the lounge serves a menu of American food for lunch and dinner, featuring burgers and fries, salads, and chicken wings marinated in freedom. Regular DJ sets, karaoke sessions, live jazz, and open-mic sessions tickle the ears of bar-goers throughout the week.