Hobby Central, a full-line hobby shop, caters to amusement seekers with puzzles, science kits, and radio-controlled vehicles. Plastic models ($18–$50) allow amateur architects to recreate nautical battle scenes with scaled-down replicas of battleships, each accurately named after American icons such as the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Tickle Me Elmo. Train sets ($45–$100) finally make dinnertime ketchup transportation efficient; vibrantly detailed kites ($15–$40) produce mesmerizing treetop tangos. Before graceful parachute descents, model rockets ($25–$35) reach lofty levels experienced only by birds and opera tenors bathing in icy water. Achieve aerial entertainment with radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters ($79–$200), or procure grounded merriment with specialty puzzles ($15–$35) that range from double-sided to three-dimensional.
At Bia's Sublime Tea & Artisan Workshop, crafters settle in for cozy sessions that teach the how-tos of fashioning artwork, jewelry, and stitching in a sociable atmosphere. Pupils supply their own libations of choice as they master a craft with like-minded companions in small classes of generally no more than six. Previous projects have included constructing a colorful half-apron, weaving together a handsome leather and pearl bracelet, or knitting a coverlet for a child's resume folder. During class time, which ranges from 3–4 hours for sewing, 2–4 hours for mosaics and painting, and 1–2 hours for jewelry, Bia's outfits each student with all necessary materials to forge a take-home creation. Flexible teachers arrange classes by appointment, eliminating any adherence to strict timetables or comet fly-by schedules.
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).
Following a passed-down family tradition, the cooks at J.W. Renfroe Pecan Company roast nuts and salted snacks, concoct tasty treats, and blend specialty coffee beans. Roasted and salted pecans ($9.95/lb.) serve long terms as snack soldiers in the munchies army, protecting the sweet, peaceful milk-chocolate pecan ($9.95/lb.) citizens. Festive Easter-bunny gift jars ($9.25 for a small), filled to the brim with Jordan almonds, satisfy sweet cravings and desires to eat candy from a hollow rabbit. Chocolate-pecan fudge ($25.50 for 24 oz.) traps helpless nuts in its rich chocolate, vowing not to let go until they say uncle. Deep and rich cups of Jamaica Me Nuts ($16.50/lb.) and Southern Pecan ($16.50/lb.) coffee pair perfectly with Sweet Divinity Logs ($2.75 for 4 oz.) and handmade New Orleans pecan pralines ($15.95/lb.).
The 90-minute Taking Better Pictures course teaches aspiring image-catchers the basic principles of composition, exposure, lens selection, and photographic techniques. Knowledge of these basic concepts can immediately and dramatically improve the quality and clarity of an artiste's snapshots, leading to enhanced family photo albums and an appropriately arty online profile pictures for one's pet lobster. Check the online schedule and call ahead to reserve a spot in the on site-classroom. Class does not include $20 photo set for printing.
Zumba Fitness with Priscilla is an aerobic experience that fuses latin and international dance and rhythms with fitness moves. Zumba Fitness is for everybody and every body. Not only do you get a full body workout with Zumba Fitness, you'll notice a happier and more confident you.