Outdoor nuptials on Country Home Weddings's 200-acre farm unfold in front of a tiny white gazebo, shaded by arching tree boughs. The venue recently opened an equally romantic indoor hall, strung with small white lights that cast an ethereal glow over ceremonies. The company's culinary team can complete weddings with catered spreads that range from mini quiches and shrimp on ice to hearty main dishes such as tortellini and brisket.
Speaking Roses of Amarillo believes flowers are worth a thousand rambling lovelorn languages, especially when they're etched into the petals. Send the gift that verbal words cannot express with a six-rose bouquet ($49.99), or double the amount of unspoken sentiment with a bouquet of a dozen roses ($69.95). A single rose in a decorative box ($19.95) grants romance warriors the ability to drop individual love bombs, while a collection of loose rose petals ($15.99) lets buyers sprinkle a sweetly worded trail into a candlelit dining room or torch-lit doubloon vault.
The shelves of LifeWay Christian Stores brim with books, Bibles, and all manner of faith-based items to challenge minds and encourage souls. Customers can delve into books from a wide range of scribes, including a series of fictional fables by the New York Times bestseller Karen Kingsbury and the passionate, everyday theology of Crazy Love, penned by Francis Chan ($11.99). Beth Moore's James: Mercy Triumphs study bands women together to partake in deep discussion and to plan synchronized swim routines, and a plethora of Bibles in 10 translations includes study, children's, and gift Bibles, such as a faux leather pink-and-brown Zondervan ($16.99). In addition to finding Christmas gifts, customers can find stocking fillers for hard-to-please tots with a VeggieTales nativity, which allows kids to embrace the meaning of Christmas and use vegetables for something other than reenacting Star Wars battles on their plates ($22.99), and Willow Tree holy family figurines add serenity to December décor ($39.99). LifeWay Christian Stores are closed on Sundays.
Since opening in 2000, Interior Innovations has grown from a tiny wallpaper store into a full-service interior design headquarters. In its 3,000-square-foot showroom, blinds and shutters by Kirsch, Texton, Graber, and TimberBlind hang on displays, daring the sun to poke through their well-placed slats. Elsewhere in the store, customers browse more than 1,000 sample books of fabric swatches from fabric and trim lines such as Fabricut, Trend, and Kasmir as they visualize future custom window treatments and bedding or upholstery. Paints by Benjamin Moore and Modern Masters and Interior Innovations combine with wallpapers from brands such as Thibaut, Seabrook, and Ronald Redding to make walls as vibrantly colored as Andy Warhol’s sock drawer. Customers add the finishing touches to rooms with custom-ordered bar stools and home accessories such as lamps and framed art.
Though cloaked in a velvety chocolate shell, the shape is unmistakable—a tail curved into a half-moon, claws frozen mid-snap. It’s definitely a scorpion. And, if the opinions of the chocolate summer camp’s 8-year-old gourmands can be trusted, it’s also delicious.
Though Schakolad Chocolate Factory owners DeRima and Gary Johnson have been trained in meticulous European chocolate-making techniques that date back three generations, they encourage playfulness and experimentation at their shop. For example, chocolate-making events empower chocolate aficionados to experiment with flavor combinations, and Ms. Johnson recently unveiled chocolate quesadillas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The chocolatiers are also happy to customize orders, from scribing messages atop glossy chocolate bars to creating chocolate molds that match the circumferences of customers’ mouths.
Keeping flames in their place since 1945, Boyd's Equipment facilitates family barbecues and fireside chats with an extensive selection of name-brand grill and fireplace tackle. In addition to its glowing gas-log sets and Weber grills—available in electric and charcoal varieties—the one-stop equipment shop stocks lawn sprayers and trailer carts from Fimco, TeeJet, and Hypro. Shimmering lochs of propane come bottled in tanks of all shapes and sizes, and vessels emptied by gluttonous dragons can roll in for full refills. Everyday accessories, from charcoal and thermometers to spicy rubs and sauces, are also available, as are residential and commercial delivery services for those lacking pickup trucks or pet giants.