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.
Thousands of surgical and laser procedures have refined the skills of Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington Eye Care's doctors, enabling them to demonstrate their abilities in educational workshops with colleagues throughout the world. Within their medical center, they demonstrate their dedication to preventative care during thorough vision exams. Clients tote along their glasses, contacts, and eye medications, which technicians use alongside in-depth questions and vision checks to build a meticulous patient profile that also includes notes about medical history and each eye's favorite Beatle. Beyond vision maintenance, the ophthalmologists perform a spectrum of corrective procedures, from restasis therapy and LASIK to corneal transplants and cataract surgery.
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).
Centrally located between appellations as extensive as Santa Monica and Napa Valley, the locally owned Mariposa Wine Company cultivates three brands of artisanal wines from grapes that historically thrive in the surrounding region. Mariposa's cool-climate-grown CRU brand features a classic 2007 Vineyard Montage pinot noir ($23.99), brimming with whiffs of cherry pie, cranberry undertones, and rapidly edited sequences of growing grapes set to inspiring power chords. The powerful syrah grape packs a peppery punch in the 2007 Sur le Pont ($19.99), one of Mariposa's Mediterranean-influenced Carmichael-brand wines. Also available is the Yosemite View brand, with grapes, bottles, and corks all grown in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Vigorously inhale the raspberry and licorice aromas of Yosemite View's zinfandel ($12). Bottle buyers who don't even buy laundry detergent without swishing it around in their mouth first will get to sample the winery's intriguing blends in its Wine-Tasting Room, where they can test the appearance, complexity, and squirt-gun capabilities of each vino at their leisure before buying.
The Cat's Meoow Shop’s online shopkeepers gather stylish designs from around the fashion world for their virtual showroom, enticing guests with chic accessories, tops, and gear for men and women. The jewelry section boasts eye-catching pieces such as earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, while the womens' department completes full-fledged outfits with handbags, jackets, and shoes. Men also add the finishing touches to their looks in the guy's selection, which boasts outerwear, inner wear, and accessories suitable for a night at the club or a sleepover with their stuffed animal collection. The shop’s travel department even helps travelers look good on the go, populating trips with stylish carrying cases and briefcases, as well as monogrammed luggage.