The area surrounding Nocona Lake doesn't exactly lack for leisurely pursuits. People flock to the water by the thousands for fishing, jet skiing, and relaxation enjoyed amid the lake's natural outdoorsy splendor. Therefore, attempts to keep visitors on dry land have a high bar to clear. The golf course at Nocona Hills Country Club succeeds at this unenviable task. Players cruise through the same woodsy ambiance as they notch scores on the 18-hole course, collecting birdies on the smooth Bermuda grass greens and befriending the squirrel community in the dense surrounding oak forest. Lest players be lulled into complacency by their serene surroundings, the course keeps them alert with frequent elevation changes—especially on the seventh hole's 150-yard, entirely-downhill tee shot.
Vintage and bohemian-inspired apparel, costume jewelry, and eye-catching gifts drape from eclectic props at Cloverleaf Boutique, drawing shoppers in with their whimsy and charm. "The Cloverleaf is one of those stores you notice while driving by and think: 'I've got to stop in there,'" said Jennifer Palmer of NewsOK. Colorful throw pillows mingle with kitschy lampshades, and cowboy boots line up for the opportunity to dance with flouncy dresses. Cloverleaf Boutique's one-of-a-kind outfits and gift ideas evolve from season to season.
As a high school student in 1954, Hank Lovejoy started working at the local pharmacy's soda fountain, blending up shakes and mixing cherry Cokes for a regular customer, Rita—who later became his wife. Together, the pair started Lovejoy's On Main Street in 1983, which evolved from a garment factory and clothing store into a gift and décor shop with its own restaurant, according to a feature in Texas Co-op Power. In 2010, the couple added their own soda fountain, where Hank and his grandkids are often spotted scooping sundaes and disorienting time travelers behind a vintage-style counter.
The shop still brims with gifts, toys, and stylish clothing. After finding the perfect keepsake, guests can reward themselves with sandwiches, salads, quiches, or German-style chocolate bread pudding from the restaurant
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center educates old ranch hands and rootin’-tootin’ greenhorns about the cattle drives of the 19th and 20th centuries with multimedia presentations and interactive exhibits. Wannabe bovine chaperones can try their hand at roping a steer, learn how to tell the age of cattle, and watch animatronic cowboys discuss life on the trail and successful ways to impersonate humans. Inside the multisensory Experience Theater, viewers are transported along on a cattle drive as they smell the flowers of the prairie, hear the sounds of cattle, and feel the wind and water of a storm. An interactive video game lets kids play the part of a rancher trying to get a herd to the railroad, and a branding station helps exercise creativity by marking property, such as video games or siblings.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
At Sprockets Bicycle Shop, a team of cycling gurus equips riders with used or rental bikes, keeps the ones they already own running smoothly, and curates a wide range of accessories that ensure style, safety, and optimal functioning. Their workshop's purview covers the full gamut of bicycle maintenance and assembly, from wrapping handlebars and adjusting brakes to building custom bikes from scratch or using boxes of dehydrated bike mix.