From its online storefront, The Cupcake Café sets taste buds aflutter by shipping 20 varieties of handcrafted dessert delectables to sweet-toothed stoops. All cupped cakes are made from scratch and recipes derived from close friends, family, or maternal Ouija boards. The southern red velvet seduces all senses, with smooth cream-cheese frosting that occasionally croons "baby" and a dusting of red glitter. The Banana Dream dresses moist banana cake in a buttercream-frosting pinafore topped with a figure-enhancing banana chip, while a cinnamon-spangled churro cupcake lassoes bucking tongues and rides them like ecstatic steers. Indecisive indulgers, however, will prefer the Baker’s Choice dozen, which uses the southern red velvet as a cornerstone for a winning mélange that might contain the Guinness-infused Dubliner, Great Pumpkin, or mexican hot chocolate.
No one knows where Dr. Vantas lost his way. Once an esteemed doctor at the vanguard of electroshock therapy for the mentally insane, the physician let his psychiatric hospital become a madhouse, prompting rumors of Vantas using inhumane experiments on patients. Those who enter his territory risk falling prey to its deranged denizens and the quack’s extremely cold stethoscope. This is the spine-tingling, horror-film narrative that plays out to visitors as they creep through The Asylum, a haunted site modeled after an 1870s-style mental institution and one third of of The Crypt Haunted Attractions’ three-piece tribute to fear.
The next stop is the The Crypt, a vault filled with the living dead that beckons intrepid guests to descend into it. Tiptoeing through the chamber's darkened corridors, voyagers must stay poised as they strafe around staggering corpses groaning about their hunger for brains or the lack of legroom in their casket. Anchoring the evening of fright is the Chaos Maze, the new lawless labyrinth that requires cunning, agility, and fearlessness to make it through unscathed.
Descending from three generations of dairy farmers, siblings Casey and Alison Stechnij carry on their family's legacy by maintaining Superstition Farm's 30 acres. The brother-and-sister duo regularly shepherd informative tours through the landscape, summoning horses, chickens, goats, and sheep to greet guests and share their perspectives. The four-legged residents also assist in horseback riding lessons and appearances at the onsite petting zoo.
Every Thursday, local food trucks flock to Superstition Farm for a weekly market, where they vend fresh produce, breads, and meats alongside the farm's own dairy products, including the house-made Udder Delights brand of ice cream and artisanal cheeses. Superstition Farm further disseminates its farm-fresh cuisine via a 30-foot-long food truck that makes appearances at local events and defends cattle against the persistent threat of monster trucks.
Drenched in elegant blue and cream hues and dotted with modern furniture, Brilliant Bridal perfectly emulates a high-end bridal boutique with its helpful consultants and VIP bridal appointments. The shop’s wide array of off-the-rack dresses and designer duds, however, sport up to an 80% discount and bear the labels of such style powerhouses as Justin Alexander, Mori Lee, and Maggie Sottero. Brides can peruse the shop’s selection on their own or invite opinionated friends and family to relax and spew advice in a private bridal suite during a one-hour appointment. In addition to vending everything the bride needs, Brilliant Bridal outfits mothers-of-the-bride and bridesmaids in formal dresses—which also double as prom or special-occasion gowns—and rents tuxedos or black-and-white body paint to grooms.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
It begins with a flood. Vertuccio's farmers overrun their cornfield with water, then till and bulldoze the soil until it's swampy enough to pull shoes right off of feet. It's not an attempt to catch pumpkin thieves, but rather, the first step of the Farm Fun Mud Run. When they arrive for the race, participants of all ages face 7 acres of muddy mayhem, peppered with obstacles like walls, cargo nets, tubes, and balance beams. As a family-friendly event, competitive attitudes should be left at home with the soap—there are no timers or awards for the racer who eats the most mud. Afterward, parents and children can hose off and head over to the kids area, where the good times continue with train rides, slides, and picnics.