SampleHouse & CandleShop’s shabby-chic interiors house a full bouquet of ornamental and scented candles, as well as an array of stylish and practical products such as handbags, ornaments, and soaps. Wide-eyed votive candles ($2.25–$3.75) tag along after sophisticated, glass- and metal-rimmed older siblings ($10–$55). Add flair to underground lairs with wax sticks from Trapp, Votivo, Archipelago, Orleans, Voluspa, and other brands, available in a variety of colors, shapes, and fragrances. Or opt for eye-catching jewelry ($5.95+) or initialed hand towels ($6.95+) to finally differentiate your towel from the family ghoul's.
Those seeking a break from their busy day routinely pop into Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie, where they indulge in a variety of handcrafted coffees, crepes, baked goods, and sandwiches that are prepared by a talented team of baristas and chefs. The menu showcases a selection of sweet and savory crepes, stuffed with ingredients like strawberries and Nutella or a scrambled omelette, but also features sandwiches, piping hot soups, and a few wild cards like a variety of pastries. And, of course, there are the specialty coffee drinks, each one made special by the addition of the baristas' famous latte art designs.
When Mason Arnold left the University of Texas with his chemical-engineering degree in hand, he was appalled at how chemical fertilizers were hurting the local environment. Empowered by his belief in organic farming and landscaping, he and his business partner sought to find a way to get nutritious and fresh food to homes while leaving a minimal carbon footprint. The result was Greenling, an online shop with an extensive selection of pantry items, meats, produce, and dairy products from local farmers and national organic brands.
Golden oils and ruby-colored vinegars in more than 50 varieties gleam from glass amphorae along the walls of Oil & Vinegar, an international enterprise that boasts locations in 10 different countries and 15 U.S. states. At patrons' request, knowledgeable staff members draw artisanal oils and vinegars from amphora taps and provide cooking tips to guests. Guests can return to Oil & Vinegar to refill their emptied glass bottles with oils or rich balsamic vinegars or peruse a selection of epicurean goodies such as gourmet pastas and herbs.
The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.
Loryann doesn't allow shortcuts in her kitchen. She makes her pasta from scratch, shreds her own meat, and doesn't add preservatives. After she was laid off from a high-powered corporate job, she began to indulge her love of cooking by preparing fresh meals for her family. Eventually, she decided to transform that passion into a career that would allow her to prepare wholesome dishes for busy families who don't have the time to make healthy meals from scratch.
Her seasonal menu of dishes?which she delivers straight to her customers' doors?rotates to include choices such as mesquite pork chops, turkey meatloaf, and white chicken chili. Loryann tests the meals on her own family to make sure children will love them and not try to surreptitiously feed them to dogs or estranged uncles hiding out beneath the table. She also includes breakfast choices, as well as side dishes, to make mealtime even easier. And because Miranda lost her grandfather to thyroid cancer, Miranda's Kitchen donates part of its proceeds to a thyroid-cancer foundation.