In an attempt to balance business and motherhood, the founder of Let's Pretend Tea Parties began the enterprise in 1993. Since then, it's evolved to encompass a ladies' tearoom and girls' boutique under current owner Sara Norton. Today, Sara and her staff welcome women for baby and bridal showers, as well as the children's tea parties that captivated youngsters and retired queens of England alike from the business's early days. The soirees exude a vintage feel?complete with floppy hats, china teacups, and teensy sandwiches and cookies?or a fairytale vibe courtesy of Cinderella-inspired gowns for girls and knight or pirate costumes for boys. For older partygoers, the Sassy Glamour Girl bash and Bring It On Salon Soiree each include mani-pedis and hair styling.
Cupcakes and tea offers an abbreviated alternative to parties, inviting mother-daughter duos or small groups to an afternoon of elegance with optional nail and updo add-ons. Girls can complete their new looks with frilly tutus and T-shirts from the boutique or by fashioning a powdered wig out of frosting.
Teeming with precisely organized lighting fixtures, Passion Lighting's 9,000-square-foot retail show room—a multiple-year finalist of Residential Lighting magazine’s Showroom of the Year award—is designed to demystify home lighting and interior design for the everyday customer. Owner Bruce Paul—one of only 125 ALA-certified lighting consultants in the nation—uses his years of illumination expertise to help customers solve their interior-design conundrums. In addition to his company’s website, Paul maintains the video blog LightingGourmet.com, where he doles out expert advice on household lighting strategies and irresistible video clips of kittens installing solar panels.
Owners Steve and JoAnn Barker sling their spicy creations—which include 12 to 15 types of tamales and 35 varieties of house-made salsa—from their own store between Ball and Scribner, and at the Grapevine Farmer’s Market on Main Street. Served hot or frozen and prepared without gluten, Tommy’s tamales teem with fresh and creative ingredients, from pumpkin and sweet potato to spinach and cinnamon, with vegetarian options and a breakfast tamale stuffed with sausage and potato. An epic spread of mild to hot house-made salsas seize their spiciness from panoplies of different peppers, including habaneros and serranos, and part their piquant surfs for crispy tortilla chips and roving bands of piñatas.
Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
Rebecca Winters operates the BYOB painting studio Art in the Vine. In easy-to-follow classes aimed at artists young and old, Becca and her staff provide step-by-step instructions to create wall-ready paintings. Classes on Sunday - Thursday are open to children 14 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult painter during evening sessions. Children under the age of 18 cannot attend Friday or Saturday evening classes. Kidz classes are available for children ages 5 - 13 on Saturday mornings.
Somewhere in Oregon every November, a flatbed truck trundles down the lone dirt road past row upon row of fir trees. Every mile or so, one of a team of winter-weather lumberjacks jumps down from the cab of the truck and gets to work cutting and piling eight-foot firs. That's when a duo of choppers circles the man-made forest, air-lifting each tree and dropping them off near the truck where they're bundled and loaded for the long drive back to Texas.
For the Bell and Lane families, this annual excursion is a Christmas tradition. For 12 years, the two families have made the trek out to the Pacific Northwest. There, they set to work harvesting Douglas, Frasier, Grand, and Noble Firs in an effort to outfit homes with yuletide cheer and reduce the number of hiding places for D. B. Cooper.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: 7' - 8' Noble Fir Christmas Tree
Pro Tip: We will fresh cut the bottom of your tree. Please be sure to put it in water within 2 hours.