For more than 75 years, Shipley's Do-Nuts has served up hot and fresh hand-cut donuts daily from Lawrence Shipley's time-tested recipe. Currently furnishing more than 60 varieties of fried ambrosia to donut disciples, Shipley's Do-Nuts creates three types of craveable crowns for the taking ($5.95/dozen glazed, $6.55/dozen mixed). The traditional yeast donut's everyday attire is a glaze coating, but it entertains a closetful of options, including curve-enhancing nuts, sequin-like sprinkles, and black-tie appropriate chocolate icing for attending formal french-bread balls. Filled yeast donuts protect their secret stash of cream or fruit with a sweet glaze force field, while denser—but not dumber—cake donuts aid rough morning wake-up calls by operating as portable pillows perfect for commuting or by sliding into stomachs in icing, glaze, sprinkles, or au naturel.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Winner of FTD's “Top 100” industry-achievement award, Lexis Florist has crafted prize-winning plant art for more than 20 years. Each floral arranger positions fresh, seasonal blooms at aesthetic angles, from a clear vase of 12 red roses with curly willow accents ($89) to a glass globe brimming with pink petal-pops ($75). A vaseful of tulips celebrates the arrival of summer ($55), and a motley bunch of gingers, anthuriums, and other tropical blossoms adds color to a snow-white kitchen ($135). Lexis Florist's heart-shaped arrangement framed by orchids ($195) expresses love and devotion without the exhaustion of building a 20-foot greeting-card ice sculpture.
As a 15-year-old living in Brazil, Helena was a little too young to become a licensed aesthetician. So, she improvised. She created her own homemade sugar wax, and perfected her hair-removal techniques on trusting friends and family. When Helena later moved to the United States, she obtained her license and opened a day spa to share her beauty expertise.
Today, Helena and her technicians welcome guests to a spacious haven outfitted with 13 treatment rooms and a number of mani-pedi stations. While waxing remains a specialty, the staff administers treatments that go beyond hair removal. They believe in the healing power of heat, as evidenced by their infrared sauna. The spa's Steamy Wonder full-body therapies similarly use steam and warm mud to purge bodies of toxins and heavy metals, which if left untreated can cause one's name to grow umlauts. Helena also champions massage as a way to alleviate aches, and employs CosMedix and Éminence Organics products during nourishing facials. No matter what the service, the spa places an emphasis on eco-friendly products and practices—perhaps in a nod to the business's non-chemical, hand-mixed roots.
Filled with traditional and contemporary furniture styles for most rooms in your heavily fortified compound, Gallery Furniture’s expansive storerooms contain an affordable selection of sofas, beds, desks, and tables. Outfit your living room with a cubist end table ($149.99) and dark-wood accent chair ($199.99), or gussy up your dining room with cushioned bar stools ($99.99 per stool), ideal for holding friends during your annual competitive chili-eating contests. Other items include a natural-wood colored kitchen set ($299.99), slumber-aiding pieces for your bedroom, and a bunkbed for the twin alligators you've been passing off as your children.