Laura Sanchez, the artist behind Jell-O Flowers & Dessert Creations, fashions gelatin, food coloring, and flavor essences into three-dimensional flowers that are 100% edible. She never uses a premade mold, opting instead to carve each realistic-looking petal by hand. Available in a selection of fruit flavors and in colors ranging from pale pink to electric blue, the flowers are displayed in individual plastic containers—suitable for party favors—or vessels such as margarita glasses or still-occupied fishbowls. Sanchez also makes dipped strawberries, cake-size gelatin desserts, and confections gelled into shapes such as Mickey Mouse.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Up to 80% off ink and toner cartridges
Pro Tip: Groupon customers, please seek assistance from Jackson as you arrive.
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
For more than 50 years, Allegro Music has been fostering fellowship among area musicians of all ages. The shop, which is open seven days a week, has all the provisions for a successful musical journey. Lessons with experienced instructors help students sharpen their skills. There's classical and modern sheet music aplenty, and staff can track down a composer or piece you can't find in-house. The store’s collection of brand-name instruments includes guitars, keyboards, and band instruments, as well as nontraditional percussion instruments such as congas and djembes. And they can outfit drummers with customizable drums from Mapex that feature fearsome orange alligator skin or your favorite Cathy cartoon strip. When instruments start to squeak, repair-shop manager Gabe Eaton nurses them back to health along with fellow technicians Brian Hart and Joel Ryan.
The shelves at Color Me Mine’s studios teem with whimsical bisque-pottery pieces—pony and princess figurines, piggy banks, and kitty-cat mugs—each stark white and waiting for the brush strokes of a budding artist. That artist might be a birthday boy at a party or a grown-up unwinding at a girls' night out. No previous experience is required, as the studio staff dispenses plenty of painting tips, stencils, and artistic inspiration. Afterwards, the staff will fire the resulting pieces, which can then be used as décor or dinnerware thanks to Color Me Mine's lead-free, food-safe, paints.