The 34th annual Lubbock Arts Festival, presented by the nonprofit promoters of the Lubbock Arts Alliance, caters to families with its yearly celebration of visual, performing, culinary, and children's arts. More than 100 visual artists headline the weekend-long gala with their stunning handiwork, including the Sweet Pieces of Jelly Bean Art, which will remain on display each day to wow browsers with massive pieces crafted entirely from sugary treats. Atop three different performance stages, dancers perform in a variety of styles, while children's Make and Take stations entertain pint-size Picassos with free art-related activities. Finally, on Sunday, eyes can shift to the big screen during an all-day film festival, filled with independent films and cartoons that showcase familial filmmaking prowess and stirring monologues delivered by sophisticated housecats.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks. Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
Party Plus Warehouse supplies the necessary ingredients for memorable events. Hosts can pick up hats, paper goods, and custom-designed banners to add colorful accents to birthday parties or baby showers, and find graduation-themed accessories to celebrate scholastic achievements. Staff members can string balloons in shapes such as palm trees or archways to grant attendees both an eye-catching setting and a reassurance that no porcupines RSVP’d. Party Plus also supplies Halloween costumes for spooky revelries, and rents popcorn machines and arcade games to amplify festivities.
Run by a crew of board-sport enthusiasts, Riptank Boardshop outfits riders with wakeboards, skateboards, snowboards, and tons of auxiliary accessories and gear. Along with T-shirts, thermals, and hoodies for both men and women, the shop stocks Billabong vests for wakeboarders, wheels for skaters, and goggles that shield snowboarders from snow powder and the kisses of overly affectionate yetis. Meanwhile, outside the shop, Riptank hosts numerous events, such as contests and pro demos.
The family-owned Jump N Jungle entertains kids at its 10,500-square-foot Jump N Jungle. Along with a selection of slides, the climate-controlled play area enthralls youngsters with climbing structures, an inflatable shaped like a playful tiger lying on its back, and a bounce castle where kids learn to leap and play the lute simultaneously. In the summer, Jump N Jungle also hosts Summer camps where attendees play games, enjoy bounce time, and work on crafts and coloring projects.