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.
Port Aransas Beach stretches for six miles along Mustang Island, one of Texas's largest barrier islands. Island Hotel Port Aransas sits just a mile from the beach, and you can sense it in the hotel's decor: palm trees stand sentinel outside, and guest rooms feature bright colors and decorative starfish. It's a quick stroll to get to Port Aransas Beach, where fishing boats bob in the water and colorful boutiques line the boardwalk. You can also use the hotel's outdoor pool if you want to take a swim or make a large batch of Kool-Aid. In the morning, guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast. There are also barbecue pits and a picnic area outside if you want to have an impromptu cookout.
When it comes to cell phones, Texas Cell does not discriminate. The shop fixes and repairs all major brands, including iPhones, Samsung, Nokia, and Motorola. It also keeps its shelves stocked with popular parts and accessories, such as USB cords, cases, and dashboard mounts for in-the-car charging. Aside from phones, Texas Cell’s techs can also rid computers of spyware and viruses or install hardware and software updates.
Familiar brands of jewelry, watches, sunglasses, and shoes abound at Premier Outlet. Customers can browse items from designers such as Armani, Casio, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Kenneth Cole. Since Premier Outlet has a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee, customers can return gifts that don’t fit their taste or rings of power that they don’t have time to cast into Mount Doom.
After receiving her Zumba certification in 2006 and inspiring her mother to board the fitness-dancing bandwagon, Jennifer Diaz and her mother, Esmie Megee, founded ZuMama Fitness in 2009 to help motivate people on their health and weight-loss journeys. Today, a staff of 18 certified instructors helps manage the robust schedule of classes that cater to all ages and ability levels. In the citrus-hued studio, students mimic teachers through easy-to-follow steps set to upbeat Latin tunes, sometimes under the twinkling lights of a disco ball that enhance the party-like atmosphere and contain outbreaks of Saturday night fever.
The dough-twisters at Pretzel World make soft, homemade pretzels throughout the day using whole-wheat-blend flour and several tablespoons of TLC. Located in the Sunshine Mall, this store's pretzels help sate appetites during power-shopping pit stops and boost mall walkers' energy levels to keep them from puttering out before they hit the parking lot.