As a fun slideshow demonstrates, The Little Chocolatier’s staff hand makes an array of treats that fall into four categories: candy, chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. Their handmade chocolates pack white boxes with slabs of english toffee, nut clusters, and mint fluffs spread across trays of assorted chocolates. The team also fills bags with fresh-popped popcorn covered in caramel and cheddar.
The same venue that hosts weddings and upscale dinners also welcomes established comedians and rock bands, making First Avenue Club a go-to destination for all manner of events. Inside, a full-service bar overflows with 12 draft beers, 40 bottled beers, and a wealth of mixed drinks. Further behind the scenes, the kitchen fires up hearty entrees such as roast pork loin and baked cod.
2011's Firecracker 500 Festival serves up more than 20 eclectic garage-rock groups bent on rocking an all-ages-audience's socks off over three thrash-filled days. Bands such as White Mystery and Pitchfork-reviewed quartet The Coathangers kick out jams with riot-grrrl grit, and headliners The Strange Boys shred psychedelic hooks sharper than Jimi Hendrix's diamond-tipped mustache-trimmers. The festival's full roster of up-and-coming acts can expose most attendees' ears to new shrieks and sounds.
Sweets and Treats floats an armada of sugar vessels with its sizable menu of classic candies and handmade desserts. Handcrafted treats ($0.50+), such as cherry-pistachio bark, fudge turtles, and dipped Twizzlers and cookies, provide hassle-free alternatives to jousting vending machines for their bounty. Jellybeans in more than 40 flavors ($0.50–$16) jubilantly bounce into mouths from single-serving sizes, gift boxes, or freestanding jelly trees. Handmade truffles from Marion, Iowa, include flavors such as raspberry, amaretto, mint, and irish cream ($3). Behind the counter, Sweets and Treats’ friendly staff members stand at the ready, offering able assistance with life-changing dessert decisions.