Helmed by owner and cake artist Mandy Williams, The Cake Company unfurls a fresh panoply of cookies, brownies, and fetching customized cakes. Peanut-butter or snickerdoodle cookies strut around plates next to their gargantuan cousins, the 12-inch or 16-inch chocolate-chip cookies. Cake-smiths set up private consultations for prospective brides and grooms, wherein couples taste their way through six samples before collaborating on the design for their perfect wedding cake. The pastry architects commemorate other special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or finally figuring out how to ride two bikes at once with specialty cakes adorned with colorful buttercream or fondant arranged into clever designs, such as a lighthouse, a giant cupcake, or a spray-paint can.
A century ago, most travelers had no choice but to explore the world by foot, unless, of course, they were rich enough to own a Wonkavator. With that in mind, they probably would appreciate visiting the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum?a facility that, in a sense, lets guests cover 26,000 square miles on foot in one visit. But that?s not the only big number behind the museum?s operation: it also houses more than 2 million artifacts, spanning 14,000 years of the region?s history. Inside, guests can marvel at themed displays, including those that showcase the Plains? roots in paleontology, archeology, and petroleum. They can also relive the hardships and courage of living in the Old West while plodding through a life-size Pioneer Town.
The savory aroma of fire-grilled steaks and fried eggs is the first thing to greet the noses of guests ambling into The Ranch House Cafe. After the initial olfactory welcome, the restaurant envelops visitors in a relaxed, home-like atmosphere bolstered by homemade meals, friendly service, and embarrassing middle school class portraits of every visitor. Chefs bustle about the kitchen transforming Angus Beef into hand-formed burgers before sending them to tables on the arms of speedy servers. Conscious of meeting the dietary needs of all its patrons, The Ranch House Cafe offers low-calorie, meatless, and kid-friendly noshes to ensure that eaters push back from their tables feeling sated.
Outdoor nuptials on Country Home Weddings's 200-acre farm unfold in front of a tiny white gazebo, shaded by arching tree boughs. The venue recently opened an equally romantic indoor hall, strung with small white lights that cast an ethereal glow over ceremonies. The company's culinary team can complete weddings with catered spreads that range from mini quiches and shrimp on ice to hearty main dishes such as tortellini and brisket.
Crossties Yoga's founder, registered practitioner Danna West, leads yogis in their quest to foster physical and spiritual harmony during Anusara-influenced yoga sessions. The studio’s varied schedule of classes offers evening and early-morning lessons to accommodate busy students and Coke cans sick of envying the sleek and curvy physique of their bottled counterparts. Yogis of all levels can kick-start their day with Early Stretch sessions, or choose to ease physical tension and foster holistic serenity with the strengthening asanas of Gentle Journey classes. During more challenging Faithful Flow lessons, pupils vogue through sun salutations and dynamic postures, striving to burn excess calories more effectively than blowtorching a burger-bottom sundae. Crossties Yoga's founder strives to share her Yahweh yoga training in a peaceful atmosphere, wrapping up classes with a meditative savasana postures and asking students to refrain from wearing strong perfumes or yoga plants bedazzled with cloves of garlic.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs have their sights set on making a second-half run to climb the Lone Star Conference rankings. Cheer on the squad, led by senior Megan McLain and junior Jamie Simmons, as they drain three-pointers, posterize defenders with tomahawk high fives, and put dazed opponents in a deep slumber with hypnotic dribbling. Upon the conclusion of the women's hard-fought sweat swap, basketball aficionados and fans super glued to their seats can stick around as the men's team takes the court to show off their high-flying athleticism and Charles Barkley impersonations. Led by seniors Jacquiese Holcombe and LaDarius Hall, this dream team–composed of players with the ability to dream and be part of a team–has already posted 13 victories heading into division play, and is hoping to inflict its dominance on opposing teams as fans clap in approval, shout out random lottery numbers, and melt the flesh of opposing fans with flaming foam fingers.