Visit one of The Peddler Show Tour's events, and you'll likely see some smiling faces among the other shoppers in attendance. It seems like there's nearly always someone grinning widely, having just discovered a perfect gift. It might be a necklace from Nan's Precious Pearls, a bottle of lotion from Salve All Natural Skin Care, or a tin of indulgent sweets from The Caramel Candy Co. Or maybe it's all of the above.
The Peddler Show Tour has been connecting Texan shoppers with boutique gifts and housewares for well over three decades, but the show has never been stronger than it is today, with 26 events hosted annually across the state. Even frequent shoppers can find something new on each excursion, since hundreds of different merchants and boutiques apply to participate. While many come for the clothing, jewelry, and household items, others stop by to sample gourmet foods or purchase a bed frame made of fudge.
Family-owned and '50s-inspired, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe specializes in self-serve frozen yogurt, custom milkshakes, and customized sundaes. Salted caramel, creamy cheesecake, chilled cubes of fresh pineapple, and whole blueberries and rasberries decorate frozen yogurt, whose flavors include strawberry, chocolate mint, hazelnut, pistachio, and pound cake. Like the color of trees and the fashion of chameleons, these flavors change with the seasons, with eggnog and pumpkin making appearances in the colder months. In addition to sating singular sweet teeth, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe hosts parties for all occasions.
Inventive combinations of locally sourced ingredients typify the fresh dishes that emerge from the kitchen at Zookini's. The cranberry burger brandishes ground beef mixed with dried cranberries and cream cheese, while the marinated margarita chicken rests on thick slices of ripe tomatoes. Pastas are all made in-house and serve as the foundation for the Zoo-preme carbonara and fettuccine alfredo. The eatery's eco-conscious, community-centered mentality carries over into the building itself, which is partially made from recycled materials, and the dining room walls bear the work of local artists.
Since its establishment in 1947, Play Faire Park has invited putt-putters to navigate their way through a pair of 18-hole gauntlets filled with castle-themed obstacles. The emerald fairways on each technicolor course draw groups past medieval sights such as a gravity-defying loop-de-loop, a revolving stop wheel, and a cavalcade of festive flags. More treacherous hazards include water traps and tunnels, as well as the strategic screaming of competitive toddlers. The park hosts evening musical acts throughout the summer, as well as other fun-filled events that don't require a putter.
When it comes to emergencies, no hour is too late for the staff at ServiceMaster by A-Town Hi-Tech. The company deploys technicians 24 hours a day for emergency services and disaster restoration after a fire, flood, or accident. Tamer clean-up services are also available from experts who specialize in carpets, oriental rugs, upholstery, ductwork, tile, and wood floors. Also, energy-efficiency inspections can identify potential problems with insulation and moisture intrusion, helping homeowners save money on energy costs and avoid more significant repairs later.
Tangle Oaks Golf Club stretches 6,382 yards from the tips, but its length doesn't characterize the challenges presented. It's the details that make the course stand out, sometimes with a splash. On the par-three 13th, golfers must carry a high-lofted tee shot over a pond in order to land on the signature island green, which leaves little room for error. However, many fairways are sparsely lined with mature trees and are free of sand traps, providing more forgiving landing zones for errant shots or personal helicopter golf carts.