The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
At Layoco, customers construct their own elaborate dessert monuments to healthy comfort fare with 16 yogurt flavors and more than 50 topping choices. Soft-serve taps line the walls, where visitors swirl mounds of wild strawberry, Island Coconut, pink lemonade, or sea-salt caramel yogurt. The yogurt originates at Honey Hill Farms, where farmers extract it from natural dairy springs, and is stamped with certification for real dairy and live cultures, ensuring that the treat promotes healthy digestion. Layoco yogurt also proudly carries the Orthodox Union's kosher seal of approval.
Zoë's Boutique stocks apparel by brands such as Gypsy Junkies, Lucca Couture, and Vintage Havana at two locations. Shoppers can also find handmade jewelry and Minnetonka boots embellished with beading or leather fringe. The shop's 401 East Texas Street location also carries men's apparel: flannel shirts, skinny jeans, and Saints T-shirts are just a few options.
Pretty Cosmetics' pro powderbrushers provide custom makeup applications and mug makeovers using an arsenal of more than 15 high-end makeup brands. Choose between a standard or airbrush application to achieve a glamorous look for an upcoming prom, high school reunion, or coronation ball. During the standard application, a talented painter will apply a carefully selected palette of powder, lipstick, and liner hues before sending you out the door with a new layer of natural-looking face that complements your skin tone and accentuates your best features. The airbrush application also brightens visages, but utilizes a custom-airbrush foundation to create a smooth, flawless finish that's pretty enough to stop the heart of a charging musk ox.
The bakers at The Wooden Spoon satisfy cravings for something sweet with a diverse selection of cookies, cakes, and breads. The shop's cookies come in a wide array of flavors including oatmeal raisin, cinnamon-covered snickerdoodle, and chewy chocolate pecan. Birthdays, graduations, and welcome home celebrations become parties for sweet teeth thanks to The Wooden Spoon's soft, moist cupcakes and delicately iced cookie cakes. The Mardi Gras cinnamon pecan king cake with optional cream cheese arrives decked out in festive yellow, purple, and green sugar. For an everyday treat, guests can bring home loaves of Amish strawberry, lemon, or chocolate bread.