Winding Trails works to preserve natural woodlands and waterways around the Farmington area, hosting recreational activities that foster a love of the outdoors. In addition to renting out ski equipment to visitors eager to ski over scenic forest trails, the group runs outdoor adventure programs, day camps for ages 3-13, and swim lessons.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dipped fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, presented in artful bouquets and gift boxes by the skilled fruit designers at Edible Arrangements, which has more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. Workers dip fresh fruit and sweets into gluten-free chocolate to create arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can select from a variety of decorative containers, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts.
Furniture Emporium stocks a wide variety of American-made home furnishings in a cozy 1801 structure on Route 44 in Canton. Visitors can browse furniture by Harden, Clayton Marcus, Four Seasons, and quality Amish wood furniture. The company's talented decorators also reupholster furniture and make custom slipcovers and window treatments.
Party Plus stocks a wide assortment of shindig essentials as well as whimsical additions to delight partygoers of any age. Patrons can win favor at a child's birthday party by bringing along a prize-packed piñata ($10.95+) or nix Newton's theories with a bouquet of balloons ($7.75+). Playful cake pans form delectable desserts in the shape of beloved cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Mickey Mouse ($14.99+). Party Plus also rents tables ($7.50+) and chairs ($1+) to prepare homes for an influx of guests or public parks for an impromptu game of musical chairs.
Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.