Sisters and owners Becky McCraney and Kathy Harrison built this floor-to-ceiling dazzling assortment of holiday goods in honor of their grandmother, Martha Cayce Bauman, and her ability to make Christmas a magical time. The aproned staff of holiday helpers enjoys finding homes for decorations such as vintage style Santa figurines ($17.99) and reindeer table centerpieces ($74.99). Those lost in the forest of tree trimmings can safely find their decorating destiny in such themes as Winter Whimsy and Mink. Garland, an exceptionally selfless decoration, offers to drape the front door, the mantle, or a sleeping roommate, while wreaths coil up to voice their opinion that the holiday season should never end. Throughout the large store, ribbons, massive ornamental balls, and giant elves sparkle from every direction in hopes of catching a decorator’s eye. See what your home would look like through the eyes of the Show Me Decorating iPhone app.
Fit Family's Zumba classes challenge students to a high-energy dance-based workout set to the up-tempo beats of Latin-inspired music. Instructors lead the class through a blend of salsa, merengue, and other dance moves, helping students remain unbored and melt away calories like an open flame melts away the chocolate exterior of a Charleston Chew. Like the FDA's recommended teeth-brushing schedule, classes are offered four times a week, Monday–Thursday evenings. After developing a thick sweat, guests can relax in the steam room, saunas, hot tubs, and hammocks made from strips of silk.
Heaps of handcrafted jewelry and delicate pottery flood the charming interior of La Casita Antiques, pampering the senses while an eclectic array of colorful antiques vies for attention. The jewelry selection provides a confidence-boosting makeover for insecure hands and clavicles, and includes pieces meticulously fashioned with natural materials native to Colombia. Two- and three-piece jewelry sets can bedazzle the bleakest of ensembles ($35 and $45), and bracelets made of orange peels, seeds, or Kaiser Wilhelm's mutton-chops lend an earthy and understated touch to their wearers’ wrists ($15-$25). For $15, purse charms infuse simple handbags with flair and fortune.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
Sandy's Nursery's team of agricultural artisans performs house calls every day, returning gardens to the sapling splendor of their youth. Spade-wielders can pull stubborn weeds, water thirsty plants, and trim back vines that threaten to engulf your garden's gnome community. The nursery houses a large selection of plants, specializing in palm trees and cacti, as well as pots and decorations in clay, concrete, and iron. Be sure to take a gander at some of Sandy's gardening tips, with advice on mowing, water conservation, and disciplining your photosynthetic charges.