Tucked within their Old Hickory Mall location, the bakery mavens at Amy Lyn’s Sweet Treats prepare a daily plethora of cupcake varieties from scratch in the shop's on-site kitchen. Classic concoctions anchor the shop's everyday menu, as vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate treats beguile sweet teeth with their robust sugary wiles. Patrons can also queue up adventurous taste buds for an entrant from the shop's list of specialty flavors that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, rotates daily. Take a mind-expanding chomp out of exotic concoctions, including pink lemonade, cookies 'n' cream, carrot cake, and piña colada. Customers can cast the flavor fates to the wind or call the bakery at least two days in advance to submit a pretty-please-laced request for certain specialty or custom cupcakes.
At Hub City Bicycle Co., staffers don't just sell the cycling lifestyle—they live it. In addition to manning the shop, employees host weekly rides that cover 21 to 26 miles of terrain and warmly welcome novice cyclists, fitting them with the right cycle using the Fit Kit system. They’ll also help bikers navigate racks of Giant and Haro bikes mixed with bikes from brands born in Tennessee, such as Lynskey Performance and Cysco Cycles. After complementing fresh rides with the proper gear, accessories, and apparel, patrons can steer bikes home, confident that any future flats incurred by rusty nails or jaywalking porcupines will be expertly handled by the shop's service department.
Range USA brings together the local community of shooting enthusiasts on its range and during special events while welcoming new marksmen with informative and confidence-bolstering classes. The 20,000-square-foot Memphis facility houses a shooting range divided into two climate-controlled areas—one with nine lanes at 50 feet deep, the other with 14 lanes at 82 feet deep—with one of the two areas always open to the public. Further afield, Range USA's team also operates a 10-lane shooting gallery in Jackson. Besides overseeing the ranges, the staff also teaches classes, from basic handgun and advanced tactical training to women-only and youth programs. A FAQ page anticipates visitors' questions, such as "What calibers are allowed on the shooting range?" and "Do you have ear muffs to match my belt buckle?" When spending a day at Range USA, the facility's own 1776 Deli & Eatery keeps hunger from interfering with focus.
With secure storage spaces ranging in size from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’, Storage Towne of America hosts treasured belongings and allows for easy access in its clean and secure facility. Possessions indifferent to the weather can claim territory in non-climate-controlled units ($35–$145/month), and temperature-controlled units ($40–$165/month) tender refuge to such sensitive items as books, electronics, and snowmen bearing a strong likeness to William Taft. Units remain secure with fortress walls and individual security codes, and 24-hour access to the facility eases midnight longings for teddy bears mistakenly resigned to storage. Courtesy carts facilitate easy transport of items between the car and the unit.
Dedicated to the legendary train engineer, Casey Jones Village features shops, attractions, and a museum rife with artifacts and anecdotes about Jackson's railroad history. Three authentic railcars are displayed prominently as mainstays from a different era, and children are encouraged to climb up on the engine and ring the train bell. A short film detailing the life of Casey Jones plays in the museum's theater, and a children's area entreats kids with wooden train sets so they can imagine they're piloting the first locomotive to shoot missiles at Saturn. After viewing the museum's offerings, guests can engage in other village attractions, such as mini golf, woodcarving demonstrations, and traditional treats at the antique-laden Brooke Shaw's Old Country Store. Before leaving, visitors can nosh on old-fashioned milk shakes and ice-cream sodas at the 1890s-inspired Ice Cream Parlor and Fudge Shoppe, voted one of the best 50 ice-cream parlors in the country by USA Today.
Outdoors Inc. is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear and apparel. With a vast stock of goods from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'teryx, and more, there's no shortage of trustworthy items to layer atop your torso, snuggle inside of, or grapple with over a sheer cliff's face. Socks from Smart Wool (up to $20) protect the other end of the human form in a variety of sweat-wicking, cozy options. Customers can pack a peck of pickled peppers in a purse from Kavu ($40 and under) or slip safely into a pair of women's classic argyle Uggs ($140). Find all sorts of accoutrements, from Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayaks ($749), Arbor Slater Koa skateboards ($179.95), and North Face venture jackets ($99) to Vibram FiveFingers Bikila shoes ($100) and perennially fashionable headlamps ($50) in time for your annual hiking trip into the Pacific Ocean with the nature-ready goods at Outdoors Inc.