At their core, Aly's Apples are just like any other. In this case, it's what's on the outside that really counts. Their self-professed "over the top" gourmet caramel apples put boring old caramel apples to shame. Each day, they're hand dipped in smooth homemade caramel before receiving drizzles of chocolate and toppings that range from dark chocolate and pecans to marshmallows, M&Ms, and english toffee molded into a kitchen sink.
Combining the personal touch of an optometrist-owned practice with the affordable pricing offered at optical superstores, Today's Vision helps keep customers' eyesight crystal clear. Pooling their resources under the Today's Vision aegis, the independent operators that own each location are able to offer personalized care while taking advantage of large-scale discounts on lenses, LASIK eye surgeries, and novelty eye charts that are printed all fuzzy-like. Those looking for fetching frames can browse through extensive selections from such purveyors as Oakley, De Rigo, and Liz Claiborne.
A great painting is often defined by the subject, the medium, and the artist. Arbor House Gallery & Studio helps its students find their inner artists in the most relaxing way possible: during BYOB classes. Its evening acrylics classes help amateurs explore the medium by recreating stunning landscapes and florals. As they lift brush to canvas, students can sip on wine or beer and chat casually with their neighbors' palettes.
Arbor House Gallery & Studio also offers children's and non-BYOB classes in a variety of media including ceramics, acrylics, oils, recycled art, and pottery.
The decadent desserts served at The Cakelicious Bakery—coming up on its fifth anniversary—are always crafted in small batches to ensure optimum freshness. Pastry chefs whip up cupcakes in regular and gluten-free varieties, topping carrot, coconut, and Italian cream cakes with icings accented with everything from caramel to passion fruit. But their confections—which also include cakeballs and petit fours—branch out with more daring ingredients as well, such as champagne, rum, and pistachio. Patrons can combine any of those flavors, fillings, and frostings to create their own custom cake, perfect for celebrating any birthday or Tuesday.
The portable snack, originally crafted back in 1960 in a 2,000-square-foot building in Houston, is the popular pick among discriminating Texans, including Mayor Annise Parker and Governor Rick Perry. Alamo tamales also make a mouthwatering gift for anyone who enjoys the sensation of brushing his or her teeth but would rather use shredded chicken instead of toothpaste.