At Paint N' Fire—a paint-your-own pottery studio—shelves of unfinished plates, mugs, and other ceramics wait to be adorned by walk-in painters of all skill levels. Artists work at tiled tables in an earth-toned studio to create imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon on pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Pottery painters can also use an onsite copier to magnify or reduce graphics and apply those to ceramics. Within a week after studio sessions, glazed and kiln-fired masterpieces are ready for pickup.
Lavish Boutique decks its walls with girlie lingerie, accessories, casual wear, and nuptial necessities, stocking sizes small to 3XL. Liven up lady parts with Foxers underwear, such as pink-and-brown striped boyshorts, bridal britches by Mary Green that declare “I Do” ($18.50), and the Honey Dew colorful lacey selections. PJ Salvage bedecks bed-bound bodies with comfy pajamas, while the Nu Bra lifts, conceals, or boosts busts ($42–$44). The nude-colored seamless bra ($42) lacks cumbersome straps or a back, but doesn't leave mysterious stains on clothing, unlike ketchupy, hamburger bun bras.
For nearly 20 years, guitarist Kenny Lavitz has masterfully blended jazz, rock, and blues into his own distinct sound. When he's not recording critically acclaimed LPs or performing solo and group gigs, he nurtures budding guitarists during one-on-one lessons. Kenny trains beginners in rudimentary techniques, such as strumming basic chord progressions and mastering simple riffs. From there, he helps students refine more complex skills, such as sweep-picking, where you replace your strumming hand with a broom. Besides helping pupils conquer the fretboard, Kenny teaches them to read and transcribe notation, as well as play with fellow musicians during jams with Kenny's other students.
The family-helmed Wheeler Tree Farm furnishes families with their choice of a grand fir tree and doles out complimentary beverages and holiday snacks within a cozy barn. Lumberjacks pro tem choose their desired tree from a selection of natural 6- to 10-foot trees ($6/ft.), sizing up each evergreen for its shape and ability to whistle "O Tannenbaum" through its shiny, aromatic needles. Opt to cut your own tree, or hand over the provided saw to one of Wheeler's expert staff for a precise severance and tree bailing. The nearby pole barn entices visitors with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, Christmas cookies, and candy canes. Visitors can warm up beside the potbelly cast-iron stove, take in the life-size Nativity scene, or peruse the antique collection for Santa Claus's aged tax documents.
The XGolf simulator at BirdieFinish Golf virtually transports players to 93 golf courses worldwide, where they can play and practice while enjoying the comfort of the indoors. The apparatus faithfully re-creates playing conditions at the chosen course, even adjusting the hitting surface to mimic lie angles, and improves upon them by canceling out the possibility of rain, excessive heat, and pelicans that perpetually hum "Happy Birthday to You" in a mocking tone. When not whisking foursomes off to imitations of exotic international courses, the simulator can also be used for club fitting and lessons under the expert guidance of golf coach Jari Hakonen. Repair services are also available for clubs that refuse to play on anything other than tangible courses.
A family-run nursery, Blooms-N-More cultivates a photosynthetic menagerie of water and bog plants, fruits and veggies, and more than 40 varieties of ornamental grasses. As guests arrive to leafy fields of potted plants and perennials, the nursery's friendly canine greeters Boogie and Calamity Jane bark out the scientific nomenclature of 30 varieties of tomato, multiple cultivars of peppers, and more than eight types of basil. In addition to loading up dinner plates with edible plants, the nursery also accents landscapes with trees, prairie grasses, shrubs, and vines.