Though cloaked in a velvety chocolate shell, the shape is unmistakable—a tail curved into a half-moon, claws frozen mid-snap. It’s definitely a scorpion. And, if the opinions of the chocolate summer camp’s 8-year-old gourmands can be trusted, it’s also delicious.
Though Schakolad Chocolate Factory owners DeRima and Gary Johnson have been trained in meticulous European chocolate-making techniques that date back three generations, they encourage playfulness and experimentation at their shop. For example, chocolate-making events empower chocolate aficionados to experiment with flavor combinations, and Ms. Johnson recently unveiled chocolate quesadillas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The chocolatiers are also happy to customize orders, from scribing messages atop glossy chocolate bars to creating chocolate molds that match the circumferences of customers’ mouths.
Georgia Street Mall's friendly shopkeepers stock shelves full of the little lagniappes that brighten a day, from funky decor and fashion to jeweled sandals and accessories. The immense inventory unfurls across nearly every surface of the 16,000-square-foot shop, where orange, lime-green, and yellow walls surround items from brands such as Yellow Box Shoes and Circle E Candles. In addition to their own physiques, shoppers can outfit living rooms, bedrooms, and panic rooms with pieces from a rotating array of housewares, such as picture frames, wall hangings, and pillows.
There's competition afoot every night at Game Quest. That's because the store, which buys, sells, and trades "almost anything of value," holds nightly tournaments for Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and other multi-player games. Shoppers can peruse Game Quest's wide range of wares, which includes new and used boardgames, memorabilia, and that long-lost "start" button from your VCR.
Handmade wares and high-quality gifts and apparel from more than 50 vendors and craftspeople line Appleseed Junction’s shelves, walls, and racks. Stride Rite and Robeez shoes stand ready to outfit young feet in cheery hues, and carefully folded denim from Silver Jeans awaits its call to leg-covering action. Grateful shopping bags cradle knit caps, hand-painted artwork, and other eye-catching gifts as they head toward new jobs warming homes or mediating peace talks between family pets.
Speaking Roses of Amarillo believes flowers are worth a thousand rambling lovelorn languages, especially when they're etched into the petals. Send the gift that verbal words cannot express with a six-rose bouquet ($49.99), or double the amount of unspoken sentiment with a bouquet of a dozen roses ($69.95). A single rose in a decorative box ($19.95) grants romance warriors the ability to drop individual love bombs, while a collection of loose rose petals ($15.99) lets buyers sprinkle a sweetly worded trail into a candlelit dining room or torch-lit doubloon vault.