Students of all ages and skill levels hone English or Western riding skills in White Briar Farms' diverse riding spaces, which include an indoor arena, a well-lit outdoor arena, and a network of trails. Each student's journey takes shape with the farm's customizable lesson plans and covers topics from basic warm-up techniques to the nuances of specialty styles. Lessons are stratified into three levels, with options for a variety of needs, including toddler riders with a chaperone and equestrians seeking a theoretical foundation in riding before saddling up. The farm's fleet ranges from colts to adult horses, and when they have time off from lessons, they take jaunts in the two turn-out paddocks and graze in a 10-acre pasture, complete with a pond where they can take a dip to feel the weightless freedom of a seahorse.
Plato’s Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from such brands as Hollister, Abercrombie, Steve Madden, J.Crew, Guess, and American Eagle. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 0–16 for women and waist size 28–40 for men.
Every Menchie's location around the world looks much the same: pink, yellow, and lime-green decor framing the eponymous mascot, a smiley twist of yogurt with a cone for a body. It's an identical template that allows for nearly infinite variations at each outpost's row of 14 or 16 rotating yogurt pumps, where guests can self-serve swirls of flavors such as pistachio, peanut butter cup, cake batter, and fruity raspberry pomegranate tart. Then, they can ladle scoops of nearly 60 toppings—including sprinkles, cookies 'n' cream, hot fudge, and locally grown fruits—onto their creations. Nonfat and no-sugar-added varieties join gluten- and lactose-free options for those who have food sensitivities or just hate the taste of gluten.
Nothing humankind has done since putting a man on the moon has seemed very impressive, but Moonberries Frozen Yogurt gives earthlings a new reason to feel awestruck with its menu of impossibly healthy desserts. Nearly every one of its many flavors is devoid of gluten and high-fructose corn syrup, and each treat is made with pasteurized skim milk and loaded with beneficial active yogurt cultures—helping to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, and give tongues a youthful purple hue. Customers choose from creamy varieties such as bubble yum and eggnog, tart flavors including wild berries and peach mango, and the nondairy ginger lemonade and key lime, crowning them with more than 50 sweet toppings.
Edible Arrangements' fresh-fruit bouquets merge the beauty of a floral display with Mother Nature's most delicious candy. At more than 1,000 stores across the globe, fruit florists carve pineapples into flower forms, hand dip bananas into semisweet and white chocolate, and swathe Albion strawberries—sweeter and darker than regular strawberries—in coats of coconut and almonds. Then, they arrange the morsels into eye-catching displays to fill mugs and vases or line decorative gift boxes. Patrons can find an arrangement for nearly any occasion, whether they want to honor Mother's Day, sweeten an anniversary, or send condolences after the death of a friend's pet rock. Customers can shop online and opt for delivery or pick up finished displays at a storefront location.
Founded in Durham 30 years ago by fashion-forward frame specialist George Fagét, Specs stocks an abundance of international brand-name frames in a stylish boutique setting with hardwood floors. Patients can bring along an existing prescription or sit down for a comprehensive eye exam that graciously spares retinas from math-heavy word problems. Whether transparent or UV-blocking, lenses come outfitted in the latest frame styles from such brands as Prodesign and Lafont. Upscale frames, such as the Italian X-Ide and the Swedish Öga, lend eyeballs more international panache than a bedazzled travel guide. For those without an up-to-date prescription, onsite eye exams assess peepers for vision and staring-contest dexterity.