After she experienced improvements in her health from vitamin and mineral supplements, nurse Felly Grieve decided to combine her clinical background with her passion for holistic health products. She became the owner and operator of A1 Nutrition, and has brought together a knowledgeable staff that includes both a certified applied nutrition adviser and a fitness adviser. The team's expertise and wide selection of products have made the store a three-year winner of the Consumer Choice Award.
The shelves are stocked with homeopathic remedies, gluten-free products, and organic foods made by brands such as Natural Factors, ReNew Life, and SlimStyles. The store also carries anti-aging cosmetic formulas by Sibu Beauty, which are made from Himalayan sea buckthorn berries and the tears of baby geese.
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At the five-star, PADI-authorized training facility, certified instructors teach recreational and technical diving skills in classes that range from introductory dive lessons to instructor level accreditation courses. PADI Discover Scuba sessions let sub-aquatic hobbyists dive into the world of underwater inhalation without any previous experience, and open-water certification classes test candidates with course materials, pool trainings, and four open-water dives at West Hawk Lake, mortal enemy of East Falcon Lagoon.
Along with certification courses, Underworld Scuba & Sport trains people in specialties such as cavern diving, wreck diving, and ice diving. When staffers aren't readying the next generation of divers, they lead trips to Grand Cayman and Bonaire or supply customers with brand name diving gear in the shop.
As white and baking pumpkins grow in Deer Meadow Farms' patch, staffers dispense seasonal homegrown vegetables from the onsite country market. The farm hosts guests who frolic through an array of attractions, from a mountain of sand-filled tractor tires to a hay-bale pyramid. On a 2.5-acre course, players putt or scissor kick golf balls into World Cup–themed holes during matches of Farmer Golf. Elsewhere, visitors can milk a goat at the petting zoo or trail fallow deer at the Wild Game Preserve. In the autumn, trivia questions and cryptic messages await throughout the corn maze, which is open both day and night. Afterwards, guests can rest in a rented tepee or feast on hot dogs and s'mores at one of the farm's fire pits.
Brush Fire Ceramic Studio hands over the creative reins to its customers, who browse a selection of more than 300 ceramic pieces while choosing the perfect figurine or plate to personalize. Then, would-be van Goghs select stencils or sketch a design freehand, flipping through books or eating the pages for inspiration. The studio time clock starts as painters dip their brushes in as many colours as they like, but visitors are never charged for more than two hours of studio time per visit. Professionals glaze and fire creations, and customers can return to pick them up in about a week before placing their pieces on mantels and gifting them to family members.
Amma, meaning "grandmother" in Icelandic, embodies the welcoming spirit of this tearoom, where visitors should always feel like family. Amma's chefs serve up a classic menu of teatime fare in the afternoon, preparing finger sandwiches, quiche, and pots of loose-leaf tea. These leisurely meals end with a sampling of homemade desserts, such as apple pie, multilayered red velvet cake, and indulgent turtle cheesecake.
Boutique Unique was formed under the steady hands of Brenda Weiss, the shop's resident artist and a self-taught bead-smith who learned her craft through books and trial and error. Brenda keeps her studio stocked with her own whimsical creations, as well as the works of more than 20 local and prairie artisans. Inside, visitors may browse an eclectic selection of women's clothing, home décor, and handmade jewellery, including specially made pieces for big events such as weddings and graduations.