During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.
Purses, teapots, yard art, and action figures all add to the eclectic array of novelty knickknacks and gifts filling every corner of Curious Heart Emporium. Selections hail from a range of locales, as owner Kathy Corley combs sources throughout the nation and beyond to line shelves with a wide variety of exotic items. Bedeck bodies in scarves ($10–$72) or faux-rugged tattoo sleeves ($2.50) for fun, or formalize wounds for black-tie affairs with novelty mustache band-aids ($6.25–$7.50). Wine supplies such as sock monkey bottle covers ($12.50) and colorful wine glasses ($22–$25) make better housewarming gifts for vintage votaries than pricey cabernet lawn sprinklers, and the selection of pottery, wind chimes, and yard art ($24–$110) elegantly adorns outdoor spaces. Perfect for home festivities, the boutique also carries a wide selection of party supplies, greeting cards, and seasonal décor.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
Declared a 2011 finalist for the area's Best Mattress Store by readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mattress Outlet has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from top-brand manufacturers for more than 30 years. At eight locally owned locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its knowledgeable staffers navigate showrooms that brim with cushy memory-foam slumbering surfaces from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The staff procures the store's inventory from top manufacturers, who have partnered with Mattress Outlet for years, working to keep the prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters are damaged during travel.
Sugar Buzz Bakery's armada of bounteous cakes pursues visions of dinnertime conquest armed with freshly whipped buttercream frosting and imported Swiss fondant. Spread tidings of comfort and dessert using a dozen cake balls, with twelve bite-sized birthday parties ready for friendly dissemination. Schedule a consultation with Sugar Buzz’s bakers and begin crafting a customized batter blueprint for a sheet ($45+) or fondant ($95+) cake. The menu reveals some toothsome starting points, with flavors like white velvet, chocolate-mocha, or pineapple-orange moldable into a quarter- or half-sheet cake and harmonized with coats of buttercream frosting including peanut butter, raspberry, or key lime. Due to the rising cost of farm-raised cookies, some premium cake flavors such as Oreo may incur an additional charge.