A bloom of pastel sugar cookies sprouts from a foundation of peanut-butter and chocolate-chip cookies heaped at their base. This edible masterpiece, the BouTray, is one of Cookies by Design’s many inventive arrangements. For their creative displays, the bakers have been spotlighted on Home and Lifestyle TV. Once customers have selected their ideal cookie bouquet, cookie platter, or cookie house for displaced gingerbread men, pastry chefs personalize the fresh-baked treats with a written message or design.
Cinderella Dance’s energetic instructors call on years of experience in the fields of dance, acrobatics, and pageantry as they guide mother-child duos through basic somersaults and shimmies during one-hour Mommy and Me Tumbling classes. Children aged 16–35 months can join their progenitors in fun, physical activities spanning four weekly sessions, in which an array of exercises and graceful tumbles introduces youth to the foundations of fitness and discourages them from future careers as patio-furniture cushion-testers. Small class sizes ensure individual attention, and positive interaction with peers improves social and sharing skills. While flipping and flailing around the studio, children should wear leotards, stretchy shorts, and footless tights, and mothers may dig out their old spandex wedding dresses.
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.
Pretzelmaker knots up homemade ropes of golden goodness daily, pairing its sweet and salty treats with a bevy of refreshing beverages. Stop-and-go shoppers can refuel with classic salt- and butter-slathered pretzels ($2.35) that pleasantly pair with a number of dipping sauces ($0.65 each), including sweet caramel, icing, tangy honey mustard, and others. Teenier mouths and mitts can wrap pint-sized parts around mini salted and unsalted pretzel bites ($4.25 for a regular size). If desired, braided treats can be dusted with cinnamon sugar for no extra charge or wrapped around plump rolls of hot doggery for a Shih Tzu-envied, Doberman-approved pretzel dog ($3.35).
The comestible crew at The HoneyBaked Ham Co. assembles a menu of classic sandwiches out of spiral-sliced ham, roasted turkey, and prime roast beef, awakening pococurante palates with the heavenly tastes of baked honey and gourmet deli trimmings. Smoked up to 24 hours so each slice is as tender as a toddler’s toothless smile, hand-selected hams lend 10 types of boxed lunch sandwiches a rosy hue and a distinctive salty sweetness. The HoneyBaked ham classic proves that pigs can fly with its heaven-sent ham on a fresh baker’s roll stacked with swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato slathered in sweet and rich hickory honey mustard, and the turkey bacon ranch finds its own wings with savory smoked turkey paired with bacon, swiss cheese, and ranch sauce on multigrain bread. Meanwhile, the prime roast beef sandwich's succulent beef captains a flaky croissant through squalls of zesty horseradish with a crew of red onions, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese. Each boxed lunch arrives armed with a pickle spear and choice of chips or a homestyle side such as potato salad, macaroni and cheese salad, or the alliterative broccoli bacon bliss salad. Patrons can slurp down their chosen drink as an included cookie or brownie eases taste buds back down from euphoric meat-laden heights. As an added bonus, Groupon customers may purchase an eight-pound ham at a discounted price of $51 (normally $57.72).