Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
The enthusiasts at Small Town Gallery don't just sell art?they'll help you make it, too. Besides showcasing works by local talents, the shop stocks art supplies and hosts painting classes for students of all ages. Clients looking to display their pieces can bring them in for custom framing, or call on Small Town Gallery's canvas-printing service to make a work of unique art out of family photographs or heirloom grocery lists.
The rich soil of Walnut Grove Farm—tilled throughout more than 150 years and four generations—sprouts with flowers, shrubs, and trees sold in an eponymous onsite nursery. Arched greenhouses plant their pillars in the grounds' northwest corner, where they shelter shrubs such as boxwoods and holly, annuals such as petunias, mums, and pansies, and more than 80 fragrant perennials. Mulches chipped from hardwoods and cypress join peat moss and compost to blanket exposed roots, and a Gardener's General Store stocks country essentials ranging from grass seed to locally laid eggs. Walnut Grove's green-thumbed experts also emerge beyond the nursery walls to beautify lawns with landscape designs and routine maintenance such as edging, weed control, and flamingo herding.
While vacationing in Colorado, the Mathis family tried their first mini donuts, and it was love at first bite. The family spent months researching, baking, and testing their tiny baked goods out at local fairs and festivals before opening London?s Mini Donut Bar. From an outpost inside Mall St. Matthews, the staff decorates miniature rings with powdered sugar, caramel, raspberry sauce, pieces of bacon, and other delectable ingredients. While most of the baking is done on-site, the Mathis Family also travels to parties with a mobile mini donut machine to make and decorate donuts right in front of guests before handing them off so acrobats have something to juggle.
Keeping in mind the belief that customers deserve to where and how their food was caught, Wild and Local Foods sources its fish directly from fishermen and procures all of its beef and poultry from Tennessee farms. It specializes in myriad sea-dwelling species, including shrimp, swordfish, mahi mahi, and yellowfin tuna. It also offer bovines products such as Hereford ground beef and black Angus beef, pork products such as fatback and suckling, as well as poultry such as turkey, all raised on local farms.
Even if you think you know what you want going into Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, you might find yourself lingering over the store's other selections. Everywhere you look, round dispensers teem with Jelly Belly jellybeans, gummy candies, and M&M's. Tubs of Tootsie Rolls, and Pixy Stix fill the floors, and fresh-made fudge and gourmet caramel apples line display cases. There?s also old fashioned and one-of-a-kind sodas to quench thirsts, toy bubblegum machines to fill goody bags, and PEZ dispensers to teach children about intellectual-property licensing. All of these items, along with a selection of Hello Kitty, TY, and Ganz toys, make excellent holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or snacks for shopping marathons.