For three generations, the family at Ficklin Vineyards has nurtured 35 acres of portuguese vine varietals to sustain a supply of small-production California-style port wines. Plum-flavored notes blossom from bottles of spicy Old Vine Tinta port ($15), and bottles of chocolate, hazelnut, and raspberry passport ($14) arrive at palates with fruit-infused flavors and up-to-date customs papers. Sauces such as the raspberry-chocolate port sauce ($18) help to accentuate desserts, and the L'Andalus orange aperitif wine ($30) inaugurates pre-dinner revelries with hints of apricot, honey, and orange blossom. To commemorate the rarity of exceptional growing seasons and Harlem Globetrotter losses, the Ficklin family bottles a vintage-dated port in limited quantities of 1,000 cases. Eight vintage ports have been bottled in the past 50 years, marking seasons such as 1996 ($36), 1988 ($41.25), and 1957 ($360).
The stockade of new and gently used goods at Hinds Hospice Thrift Store bestows surrounding communities with a multifarious cove of everyday items, collectibles, and hidden treasures. Stock barren bookshelves with paperback books ($0.25+) or stabilize a wobbly house on stilts with the tenacious reinforcement of a hardback tome ($1.50+). Stylish pairs of women’s shoes ($8+) wait patiently for ankle inhabitants, and a wide variety of vintage furniture ($35+) stands by to enliven barren apartments or uninviting human terrariums. Proffering goods for every occasion, season, or made-up holiday, the thrifty store also stocks an expansive selection of kitchenware, sporting goods, and appliances.
The Vault houses finer pieces of decorative accessories and custom-made adornments, and Viva La Vault showcases fashion jewelry. The Vault displays decorative chains and pendants ($120+) and fancier baubles ($250+) made by famous designers such as Judith Ripka, Roberto Coin, Hidalgo, and Mastolini. Whimsical watches ($295+), pendants ($250+), and diamond hoops ($595+) spruce up outfits like a burning kite spruces up a night sky.
Amateur horticulturalists can rest assured that Gazebo Gardens understands the valley climate and carries plants that thrive accordingly. Resurrect your garden with one-gallon perennials ($3.95–$7.95), a gift that makes a return on your investment year after year with colorful beauty. Two-gallon mini roses (starting at $12.95) in all the flavors of ROYGBIV will show your garden that you truly care. Steal the eye of your beholder with 36” tree roses ($39.95) or standard three-gallon floribunda or tea roses ($13.95–$24.95), or ensure floraful futures for subsequent generations of green thumbs with a selection of 15-gallon trees ($29.95–$69.95).
Whichever smokeporium you choose to patronize, you'll be greeted by a plush interior lined with more wood than the HMS Pinafore, punctuated by guffawing conversation and the squeak of soft leather chairs. While the odd fresh-air enthusiast takes a breather on the outdoor patio, dive into a 20-count box of Drew Estate Isla del Sol smokesticks ($99), a basket pipe made from Italian briarwood ($30), or the loose-leaf joy of the Dark English tobacco blend with Latakia and "Oriental" flavors ($8.50 for 2 ounces), best served poured piping hot with a little cream and a biscuit. Cigars Limited serves up lifestyle products as well: the man-pampering Art of Shaving four-step shaving cream and aftershave balm kit ($40), fine 12-once bags of FG Beans coffee, and the manliest product of all, woodwick candles ($20 each).