Sublime Saddlebreds trains horse and rider to perform as a team. It starts with young colts and builds them into show horses. Once they're ready, horses can work with their human companions, learning how to strut and jump for competition. Introductory classes cater to students hoping to learn the basics of horsemanship.
Babies grow. This simple truth inspires the selection of infant and children's clothes that line the colorful racks of Trendy Uther Muthers. By selling gently used ensembles for less than they would cost in a standard store, the shop helps parents dress their youngsters in fashionable, funky attire without lamenting their investment when the clothes are outgrown. Alongside the arsenal of play clothes, dressy apparel, and comfortable shoes, furniture and home-decor items deck out bedrooms with zebra-print accents and splashes of pink. The staffers also create custom clothes, hair accessories, and bedding in tailored sizes to help tykes stand out at school and differentiate themselves from invisible friends.
Todd Rockweit draws upon scientific studies, advice from organic farmers, and an endless willingness to test and improve his own natural gardening solutions. Hunched over a microscope to peer into fresh batches of compost, he works towards that sense of connection one gets when pressing bare feet down into grass or biting into fruit grown by hand. Rockweit also sticks to a faith in organic technique so secure that in situations in which it seems synthetic products are the best solution, he will call in another company.
During visits to home yards and gardens, the Backyard Organics team works to identify weed infestations, nutrient deficiencies, and rabbits and deer destroying shrubs to look cool in National Geographic. The crew then brings to bear a range of corn-gluten meal, deer-deterrent sprays, and compost blends customized according to the season and plant cover. Soil tests reveal chemical imbalances, and services such as aeration and overseeding restore lawns to lushness after attempts to break the longest-croquet-game world record.
Glacier Rock Farms offers year-round family friendly entertainment; the proprietors founded it as a refuge for animals where children could visit to learn about them. The chance to interact with, learn about, and pet this fuzzy bunch is a perennial draw, and the scenic backdrop of the glacial drumlin carved along the banks of the Rock River doesn't hurt, either.
A variety of seasonally-themed events also gives families a reason to return throughout the year. One of the biggest festivals centers around their autumn corn maze, an enormous and challenging labyrinth carefully plotted and sculpted over the course of months. Upon finding the maze's exit, explorers can then brave the the farm's five-part haunted attraction or opt for more enriching entertainment in the form of old-fashioned gem panning. Using a sluice box, visitors sift through water to discover collector's rocks, gemstones, fossils, and artifacts such as the rings the guy ahead of them forgot to take off.
Keep it Green by Grounds Keeper, Inc.'s professionals restore order to outdoor spaces with services designed to keep landscapes green and patios polished. Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, they dole out tender loving care to turf with thatching and aeration services and by thwarting potentially harmful invasions by grubs, Japanese beetles, crabgrass, and pool salesmen. Membership with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the Metropolitan Builders Association makes the team well-suited to tackle design projects ranging from stone-wall construction to the building of outdoor kitchens and fire pits. Colder months call them back to plots to help homeowners to shovel or plow their way out after heavy snowfalls.
After laying a weather-resistant brick patio, Lowney’s Landscaping and Garden Center’s landscapers finish it off with a stone retaining wall sprouting with perennials and leafy shrubs. They manage the whole project, from design to installation, creating an artful appearance that can increase a home's value. In addition to executing everything from pruning bushes and cutting grass to seeding lawns—services they've been providing for more than 15 years—they illuminate their clients' beautiful residential and commercial properties with low-voltage, energy-efficient lighting systems. Even in winter, they strive to keep landscapes in great shape with snowplowing, salting services, and weight-loss programs for snowmen. The garden center is a place for equally passionate gardeners and novice green thumbs to wade through small blueberry plants, evergreens, tropicals, and a wide assortment of gardening materials.