Bridal Novias is an upscale wedding boutique boasting a smorgasbord of designers and styles, with a professional staff of wedding wizards waiting in the wings to aid scrupulous shoppers. The matrimonial mecca hordes the bridal brainchildren of designers such as Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, and Allure Bridal in a dapper boutique environment suited to brides-to-be and time-traveling 18th-century princesses alike. Serious bridal shoppers can make a 60- to 90-minute appointment by completing a bridal registry form that ensures they will receive individual style-centric attention from a savvy staff member. In addition to wedding dresses priced to fit every budget and gowns rigged to navigate every type of sailboat, Bridal Novias maintains a medley of evening dresses (starting at $100) and prom dresses (starting around $179).
The friendly staff at Sew What’s New has helped supply, service and evolve thread-baring enthusiasts for more than 14 years. Stock up on a wide variety of supplies ranging from threads and fabrics to machines and sergers, or bone up on the embroidered arts in one of the many expert-instructed classes. Offerings include the introductory Sewing 101 ($15) for needling novices or crash courses in coffee cup cozies ($15) for more advanced embellishers. As the only authorized Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff program dealer in the Southern New Mexico and El Paso area, Sew What's New carries a bevy of suitable sewing hardware and software. Free lessons are available for each machine sold, comforting customers who have not yet mastered errant bobbins and tricky thimbles.
DAW'S Home Furnishings' domicile decorators convert empty rooms into comfort capitals with stock culled from their 40,000-square-foot showroom. Stroll through a complete spectrum of furniture and adornments for living rooms, bedrooms, and lairs accessible only by removing a copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel from the dining room bookcase. A glass candle vase ($59) and candleholders ($39) turn up the elegance on already classy room lighting, and a statue of St. Francis guards gardens with quiet grace ($149). Dream about weightlessness atop the real-world support of a sumptuous Sealy queen-size mattress ($449.99) set into an elegant Drake espresso bed frame ($399.99), or install a trio of glass-topped occasional tables ($399.99) as a suitable showcase for sets of platters ($19+) or scale replicas of three-ring circuses. DAW'S entire sweeping selection of furniture is available for delivery by its capable couriers.
Edible Arrangements' chocolate-covered strawberry box merges the rich flavors of chocolate with the succulent decadence of fresh strawberries. The primly packaged red box contains 12 ripe strawberries, each of which was picked at its peak freshness before being hand-dipped in a semi-sweet chocolate blend. Teacher's pets seeking domestication can gift their eminent educator with something other than the traditional red apple or slab of shark meat with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries.
As the emcees of The Garden's Independence Day weekend celebration, Steve Aoki and a bevy of supporting DJs light up the upscale restaurant with an explosive display of dance beats. From 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Independence Eve, The Garden's chefs apply their culinary expertise to the grilling of complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, and 8-track tapes. Later, music from artists such as Bulletproof Tigers and DJ Omar Garnica fills the restaurant, bouncing off the indoor trees and the outdoor patio's billowing cloth ceiling. DJ Steve Aoki takes the stage to finish the party, pumping out house music from his tour as well as his electronica remix of "God Bless America," recently voted by Congress to be the new national anthem.
At Ricky's Paintball, the desert field's design incorporates both constructed and natural obstacles, such as wooden structures and shade-bearing trees, where combatants try to blend in before opening fire on opponents. Before play begins, referees acquaint beginners with the basics, then clarify safety rules so players of all experience levels feel comfortable stepping onto the field. Teams commence shooting at one another in a hailstorm of color, picking out their opponents from their teammates as they target from behind obstacles and duck around corners incognito. Once the shots have ceased, teammates engage with one another in a picnic area fortified with cold refreshments and materials for building a Trojan horse before the next game. Outside the playing field, Ricky's Paintball also encompasses a pro shop, and on select occasions, hosts Airsoft play to gunmen who have their own gear and use only biodegradable ammo.