Fashioned by the minds behind the Eureka Butcher and enhanced by Missouri's distinct geological makeup, Terror Cave plunges guests into one of the world's largest subterranean spook-fests. Groups navigate through 55,000 square feet that make up a natural underground cave, sliding feet along uneven terrain and dodging the fissure's undead denizens. Like most early airplane models, the ecological attraction has no doors or windows, thereby preventing foolhardy escape attempts. Terror Cave recommends that small children, expectant mothers, and overly jumpy wallabies avoid its cavernous haunts, which go on grotto-patrol Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Traveling to homes or offices or meeting clients at designated locations, the windshield wizards at St. Louis Windshield Repair mend vehicle portholes with a lifetime warranty. To re-establish a pristine panoramic of the road, the expert glass mechanics first decompress air pockets within cracks and infuse the remaining air-filled gaps with an enduring adhesive. Windshield chip and crack repairs prevent auto glass from further fractures, which can negatively impact driving visibility and may even result in more expensive restorations, full-on replacements, or a permanently shattered worldview. Opting to have the spider-web-like splinters and nicks in auto glass mended instead of replaced also keeps nonrecyclable windshields from piling up in landfills and allows windscreens to retain their original factory seals, ensuring passenger safety.
Romance is in the air at Cafe Palermo, and not just because it's owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Nick and Julie Nicoletti. In homage to Sicilian cafés, antique leaded-glass panels accent the room, and green fronds of ivy and other live plants drift from the walls. Diners order from a menu of classic Italian dishes made from family recipes, most cooked to order by the Nicolettis themselves. In a nod to local tastes, they stuff some dishes with creamy provel cheese instead of plating them on Blues hockey pucks. Cheesecakes handcrafted by Julie provide a sweet finish or can be ordered whole to take home. The romantic atmosphere extends onto the patio, where a fountain bubbles and herbs and flowers lend their scents to the breeze.
Star Galaxy Stables furnishes aspiring equestrians with the skills and knowledge requisite for both horse riding and ownership. On the first day of class, an experienced instructor with a 40-year professional training background, shares a myriad of horse-care tricks, including proper grooming methods, nutrition, and bedazzling, while leaving plenty of time for sitting on a horse. The class also covers the differences between breeds, such as which are better for recreation or show, and the estimated costs of ownership. On the second day, take a field trip to The National Equestrian Center, a much larger horse-training operation that has both indoor and outdoor arenas and the stable of a professional trainer.
For 12 years, Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO) has delighted children, parents, and passing wildlife with its music festivals, all while raising money and awareness for important community organizations. Profits raised by the family festivals helps TOCO with its direct-service programs, such as providing free clothing to families in need and sponsoring youth summer camps. TOCO also supports several other community organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Helping Hands Food Pantry, and the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois.