Although Majestic Gems offers a range of services you'd expect from a national chain, it has just two locations in Branson, Missouri, and Juneau, Alaska, allowing the company to focus on intimate customer service. Owned by the Raghani family, Majestic Gems strives to become familiar with its clients' tastes in order to recommend the best pieces. Staffers reach into glass display cases to pull out rings, necklaces, and earrings that sparkle with gemstones from around the world, including diamonds, sapphires, topaz, and alexandrites. Meanwhile, jewelers help customers identify the perfect stone—for engagement rings and more—from a vast selection of loose diamonds, varying in cut, color, clarity, and carat.
The stores also carry signature brands such as David Yurman designs, Chamilia beads for charm bracelets, and Seiko watches. Experienced professionals provide repairs and appraise pieces of jewelry, including rings that, according to family lore, were forged in dragon fire. And while you're getting a clasp fixed or checking out an emerald pendant, ask the clerk for some tips on local tourist attractions, like Branson shows or tours of the Alaskan wilderness.
With a passion for perfumery that began with the possession of a Barbie Perfume Maker at the age of 6, the owner of Ophelia’s Apothecary translated her life-long dreams into reality with the creation of her line of all-natural scents and made-from-scratch toiletries crafted without the use of sulfates and parabens. Vintage mirrors, a well-loved gramophone, and jars filled with herb sprigs line the walls of the creamy-pink shop, creating an elegant atmosphere wherein clients may breathe in the aromatic scents of lotions and perfumes, try on mineral makeup to find hues that their suit skin tone, or refill supplies before prospector audit week. Carefully wired mason jars hang from an antique ladder, with the clear glass showcasing the apothecary’s variety of all-natural shea-butter lip balms and portable containers of whipped body butter. Twinkling chandeliers shed light over the array of jar-bound toiletries, each separated by type and scent for stress-free perusal without the complicated Dewey decimal system.
At Greatest Adventures Miniature Golf, an Egyptian sphinx, a towering dragon, and a waterfall cave present fun challenges for anyone from casual mini golfers to skilled putters competing in the US Pro Mini Golf Association, which has been hosted at the 36-hole facility. The USPMGA rated facility showcases two distinct 18-hole courses, both with their own themes and characters. Knights and a giant dragon roam the grounds of the medieval course, whereas a giant ape heckles players as they putt around Egyptian structures at the jungle course. In 2011, the USPMGA invited players to put their skills to the test at Greatest Adventures Miniature Golf for the US Open Championship. Though competition was fierce, the then-16-year-old Olivia Prokopova took home the win with her precise shots, determined swing, and ability to pick out the luckiest color golf ball.
Between games, guests can visit the onsite Scooter's Sports Grill, where they can nosh burgers, subs, and other grill fare while watching sports on four flat-screen TVs.
Grown sustainably on Augusta’s verdant hillsides, the fruit of Mount Pleasant’s voluptuous vines has soaked up a slew of accolades. Wine 101 classes in tasting, food pairing, and cork firing edify duos of aspiring aficionados with a one-hour onslaught of grape-centric wisdom, along with a complimentary souvenir wine glass. Students will learn to pair wines with cheese and chocolate and practice trapping even the wildest varietals in bottles. Indulge in a selection of delicious sips while honing the five S’s of proper tasting—seeing, swirling, sniffing, sipping, and savoring—before honoring instructors with the optional sixth S: snuggling.
Weezie’s fashion-forward staff frequently replenishes their rotating selection of name-brand swaddling with new and gently used garments by designers such as Diesel, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Assembled out of overstock from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and other high-end boutiques, Weezie's threads don discounted price tags that are up to 90% off their retail value. Tops and shirts from Fluxus shroud torsos in casual attire ($19.99), and shorts by Seven for All Mankind allow wearers to flaunt gams on warm summer outings ($55). Ladies can carry their personal items in style within a Coach purse ($39+), or drop subtle hints to their commitment-fearing boyfriends by donning a designer-made wedding dress ($150+).