For more than 25 years, Mom & Pop Tobacco Shop has catered to smoking enthusiasts with an inventory that ranges from cigarettes and fine cigars to herbal cigarettes and traditional pipes. Newlyweds, new fathers, and inventors of perpetual-motion machines can toast their good fortune with stogies crafted by famous manufacturers such as Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, and Vice. Lighters, tasteful ashtrays, and pipes round out the smoker’s ensemble, perfect for pairing with ruminations in front of the fireplace and wistful gazes out a rain-streaked window.
Treasure Trove Gifts and Garments unveils a collection of riches in the form of casual beach apparel, home accessories, and bath- and body-boosting products. Bejewel a bathroom with soothing suds and salves from Thymes ($10–$75), or adorn a dining room with Vietri Italian-made dinnerwear ($25–$250) instead of musty prosciutto tablecloths. Longitude swimwear ($68–$98) and Sunset swimsuits ($90–$120) elegantly enrobe bodies with colorful designs, and Isle dresses ($89–$120) upgrade any stint of time on a desert island, island desert, or island island. Treasure Trove supplies island homeowners with Caldrea home-care products ($8–$45) to keep cottages shipshape and visitor ready.
A vast selection of titles for classic and contemporary consoles line the shelves as guests make a game of searching out the rarest RPGs and side scrollers to add to their collections. GamesPlus stores have acquired 80% of their merchandise via trade-ins and Dance Dance Revolution break-dance battles, so visiting gamers can spend hours making an inventory of the secondhand videogames they have yet to conquer. Players can release pent-up angst on alien overlords in the Xbox hit Halo or tone the contours of their cerebral cortices with Brain Age for the Nintendo DS. The GamesPlus Classic section takes gamers back to the 8-bit days of yesteryear, when flying raccoon suits were in vogue and washing one’s hands meant contending with carnivorous vegetation in the sink. An inventory-tracking system that covers nearby GamesPlus stores will help customers track down the titles they are looking for with all the speed of a supersonic hedgehog.
Since 1969, when Gladys Haak gave her husband Raymond two concord grapevines to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the couple's namesake vineyard has flourished into 1,800 vines sprawling across three acres. Galveston County's first and only winery transforms grapes into award-winning potions that have earned the attention of the Houston Press and the Dallas Observer. Whether sipped onsite or at various shops and restaurants, the wines grace glasses with a diverse mélange of local blends. Custom labels can be commissioned to personalize each bottle with heartfelt dedications or nutritional information written in iambic pentameter.
The vineyard welcomes thirsty visitors with tours of their verdant vines, 25,000-square-foot workshop, and deli stocked with Boar's Head meats and pungent cheese. Frequent guests reap the exclusive benefits of the winery’s club memberships, which include invitations to special events, first tastings, discounts, and complementary bottles. An event-ready banquet space also sets the scene for memorable weddings and events, with the winery’s chef, Kim Johnson, overseeing catering duties, cake cuttings, and the busboys’ a capella performance of “Take My Breath Away."
Owner Robin Curtis and her dressy canine sidekick, Sadie, welcome guests into the cozy, flower-filled storefront of Aroma Garden Creations, where invigorating scents urge browsers to peruse the lace-lined shelves stocked with Robin's homemade soaps and toiletries. Glassware brimming with colorful bath salts send perfumed wafts of air through the boutique's selection of straw hats, jewelry, and wineglass koozies. Signs made from old barn wood depict catty sayings, and a pink claw-foot tub cradles a reclining mannequin, whose relaxed gaze lands on customer favorites such as oatmeal-peppermint soap and aromatic linen sprays. Robin can also ship special orders filled with her private collection of shea crèmes or Grammy's sugar scrubs, crafting perfect gifts for girlfriends in other states or just-out-of-reach bathtubs.