Not too much. Not too little. Just right. Since 1981, the knowledgeable Maidstone Tree Farm staff have been insistent on finding the goldilocks zone: that unique balance of water, sunlight, and fertilizer that helps every type of plant and tree in their garden thrive. They begin by hand-selecting flora—20-foot maple trees, many-coloured hydrangeas—that flourish in Windsor-Essex County's soil and climate. Across their 15-acre garden, they arrange their plants based on how much sunlight the plants need, clustering Asiatic lilies in sun-dappled patches of soil, and huddling green, blue, and yellow hostas in the cool shade. Then, they fine-tune their drip-irrigation system to quench the thirst of the trees, shrubs, and perennials without over-watering them. The great pains taken by the green thumbs at Maidstone Tree Farm result in plants that leave the garden centre at the pinnacle of health, ready for rearing and teaching multi-branch high fives.
At Benthic Scuba Center, a PADI Five-Star Development Center, a knowledgeable staff draws on more than 40 years of collective experience as they unlock the ocean's depths for seafaring visitors. Certified instructors lead all levels in dive courses such as Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Air Diver Specialty. In addition to instructing divers, the centre also houses a vast selection of diving gear from top brands including Sherwood Scuba, Poseidon, and Oceanic, and loans rental equipment ranging from wetsuits and hoods to gauges and rubber duckies. The staff can also repair and maintain equipment to ensure safe aqueous excursions.
At Anne’s on the Avenue, proprietor Anne Waters and her staff of fashion experts curate a collection of women’s styles from well-known labels and up-and-coming designers from Europe and Canada. Trendy wearables from Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, and Spanner grace the racks, dressing guests to the nines for formal or casual events with seasonal dresses, sweaters, scarves, and jewellery. Consultants employ Anne’s passport for style during private consultations to help clients assemble flattering ensembles for any occasion, from classy office cocktail parties to runway-style sashays to the mailbox.
Ly Sports equips sportsfolk with a range of apparel and accessories for both dry-land and underwater adventuring. Badminton gear readies athletes for racquet-swinging volleys and birdie-bashing duels; embroidery and screen-printing services allow bowling leagues to customize T-shirts with team logos or maps of each member's genome. Form-fitting swimsuits from brands such as Speedo and Tyr deliver a comfortable range of motion and aerodynamic sleekness, and goggles, fins, hand buoys, and kickboards help swimmers improve their strength, technique, and ability to infiltrate dolphin pods.
Since Sight For Sore Eyes’ resident optician John Pere has a penchant for pairing eyes with the proper vision enhancements, he always consults with guests before recommending corrective lenses. Once his careful measurements have equipped clients with the proper lenses, they can meet with the dispensary manager Diane to complete their look with fashionable frames from designers including Ray-Ban, Chanel, Prada, and Versace. John and Diane work together to outfit faces with UV-blocking sunglasses, lenses that reduce strain caused by computers, and glasses featuring painted-on eyes to fool coworkers when you’re asleep at your desk.
Since 1948, Borrelli Cellars has guided connoisseurs through the process of vinting and bottling their own pours at its winery, using grape juice gathered from the world's top growing regions. Instructor, winemaker, and owner Frank Borrelli educates visitors on grape varieties, yeasts, and sanitary practices while divulging tips on how to consistently craft top-notch batches of vino or win foosball tournaments. While scouring the premises, students can pore over a collection of books, wine presses, and kits to put skills learned in the workshop to the test.