For more than 25 years, the technicians at Bikes Plus have enabled smooth zooming by stocking new bikes and servicing cycles of all makes and models. With the addition of new location on Palafox Street, they now sharpen their skills at three locations alongside factory technicians several times per year, channeling newfound knowledge into repairs and tune-ups that keep two-wheelers healthy and humming. Customers can also take advantage of staff expertise as they scour racks of rides such as Scott bikes and Fuji cycles. Those already in possession of rides can accentuate them with accessories such as lights and locks, which prevent bikes from being hijacked by someone fleeing a unicyclist.
At Pink Picasso, lifelong artist Ally Acree Hunt introduces up to 20 prospective painters at a time to the colorful craft during open-art and private group painting parties. During each roughly two-hour session, students receive a 16"x20" canvas presketched with a design of their choosing, from palm trees and sunflowers to crustaceans and abstract representations of longing, which they take home on completion. Ally explains application techniques, provides the paints and brushes, and supplies plates and glasses for ingestible inspiration. Groupon customers can request private parties for groups of four or more, but if coordinating busy schedules seems like a task more impossible than licking a soap bubble, consult the calendar for open-studio time and call ahead to reserve a seat.
Susan Campbell, the classically trained sculptor and artist behind Sam Collection, has been crafting wearable art for 15 years. Customers can visit her shop to snag one-of-kind gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day, anniversaries or graduations. Located within Susan Campbell Jewelry, customers can peruse sterling-silver and 14-karat yellow, pink, or white gold chains, gemstones—such as white topaz, diamonds, and birthstones—and handmade charms. After they’ve selected their favorite components, Susan will incorporate them into custom pieces. If desired, she’ll also hand-stamp charms with initials, dates, and phrases. Susan can even incorporate family heirlooms and add hand carved petite sculptures to the handcrafted piece.
Hot towels and heated treatment beds are part and parcel with the experience of visiting Stay the Clinical Spa. Dedicating to fostering bliss, the spa enhances services with various frills—complimentary beverages, private settings, and take-home skincare kits, to name a few. Nonetheless, the spa stays focused on delivering results-based treatments that cater to the individual. Skincare treatments integrate pharmaceutical-grade products, and massage sessions target specific trouble spots. For brides, the spa bundles rejuvenating services into packages that relieve the stresses of planning a wedding and deciding on a groom.
Belle Amé offers locally made bath and body products that are hand-crafted and never tested on animals. Effervescent bath bombs transform a warm bath into a fizzy float and provide restorative moisturizing relief in scents such as Stop & Smell the Roses and Juicylicious ($4.95). Take a retro-styled trip to the relaxing past every day with their shower gel, packaged in vintage-style soda bottles tied up with colorful bows ($8.95–$9.95). Some fragrances, such as pear glaze, are found in multiple incarnations, while other specialty scents are unique to their products, from bath bombs and shower gel to hand soap ($8.95) and body lotion ($12.95).
Alongside its Mediterranean platters, Jordan Valley Restaurant serves up ample hospitality. The restaurant strives to be a social space where friends and new acquaintances can mingle amongst Middle Eastern spices, or chat on the porch over hookahs. The kitchen’s staples include kebabs, gyros, and a variety of pitas filled with kafta, tandoori chicken, or meatballs.
Carroll’s Furniture stocks a large selection of furniture from 26 brands, including Coaster, Hatcher, Liberty, and Wood River. Pick up the perfect lamp ($15–$99.99) or picture ($10–$199.99) to tie together a recently shredded room, or use an area rug ($75–$199.99) to cover a section of unsightly floorboards, a pile of stolen treasure, or a collection of stolen floorboards. A three-piece set of coffee tables or end tables ($199.99+) provides plenty of places for setting down an extra-heavy beverage, and accent pillows ($10–$25) make excellent additions to any room. Those looking to revamp entire rooms will appreciate Carroll’s two-piece living-room sets, which consist of sofas and love seats ($599.99+).