Nancy Pursh set aside a 20-year career as an administrative assistant to pursue her life’s passion by operating a Victorian-style tearoom. Within a stately Springdale home, she hosts refined afternoon-tea services, pouring gently steeped cupfuls of loose tea that she personally selects from local merchants. Now joined by chef Brian Boring, she pairs teas with a seasonal selection of housemade sandwiches and baked goods. Relying on handpicked fruits and herbs from the gardens, Brian creates refreshing finger foods to accompany tea, such as almond and coconut macaroons or cinnamon-pear scones. Although the tearoom’s china saucers and lace tablecloths evoke the elegant tearooms of an earlier era, Nancy’s goal was simply to create “a cozy, warm, welcoming house where friends could sit and chat, relaxed and unrushed.” :m]]
Since 1937, Clark Candies has armed candyphiles with an eclectic stock of fine chocolates and seasonal confections. Housed inside decorative packaging, the carefully crafted treats double as themed accessories to holidays and anniversaries. Bedeck taste buds with a pound of coconut clusters ($18.95/lb.) or peppermint patties ($17.95/lb.), or pre-order a pound of chocolate-covered strawberries ($19.95/lb.), a romantic Valentine's Day treat for feeding to paramours or pet roses. Peanut-butter melt-away eggs ($14.95/lb.) add Easter-ready treasures to baskets, and milk-chocolate cordial cherries ($19.95/lb.) warmly greet palates while delivering friendly lectures on politeness to nearby tart cherries. Shipping time for online orders will depend on the time of season, with orders close to major holidays taking up to three weeks.
Style Envy's bright red couch, festooned with zebra pillows, sets the salon's tone as stylists prepare to perform hair, waxing, and tanning services. The beauty specialists lead guests on the path to hairdo reconstruction with a menu of salon services, which includes hair-coloring treatments that restore luster to locks with Scruples products and Blazing highlights. Blazing's one-step, bleach-free process achieves up to seven levels of highlights when applied to both natural hues and color-treated hair, and the stylists use a roster of 19 shades to achieve anyone’s desired color. They can also render an artfully crafted haircut and style to form a more tasteful head ornament than a diamond-studded beer helmet, in addition to bedazzling clients' domes with colorful extensions. Style Envy's tanning beds perk up bodies below the hairline and deepen skin tone in private rooms coated with playful bubblegum-pink, sky-blue, and red hues.
More than 50 loose-leaf teas line the shelves at Iris & Ivory Teahouse & Cafe. To provide suitable pairings for these brews—which range in flavor from subtle and earthy to fruity and complex—the café serves traditional accompaniments, including quiche and made-from-scratch scones with lemon curd and devonshire cream. An array of house-made sandwiches, such as cranberry-chicken salad and roast beef with wasabi-horseradish mayo, round out the menu. The teahouse also holds special-event dinners and formal teas in its lushly appointed Iris Room.
The chefs at Café Vita craft a menu of gourmet Italian fare from fresh, locally purchased ingredients. Evening meals fit for two kings or four royal comptrollers can commence with Café Vita's signature appetizer, the artichoke romano, which anoints artichoke hearts in flour and egg before sautéing them into a crispy, golden shell. Ravioli pillows stuffed with portobello and porcini mushrooms are lulled to sleep in a blanket of sherry cream sauce. Much like a velvet bib worn over a freshly pressed Armani suit, the veal parmesan's marinara-and-parmesan-studded cape belies the crispness of its flour-battered surface. Diners can swap big-fish stories over a plate of sautéed calamari swimming in a linguine strewn with buoys of garlic and cherry tomatoes. A house-made dessert ends meals on a sweet note reminiscent of Mozart's unfinished Requiem for a Fumbled Twizzler.