Bakers Park's cakesmiths are visual artists, using buttercream and fondant like a painter uses watercolors and buttercream. They draw from a large palette, mixing batter into flavors such as chocolate or red velvet. Eventually, all of these components come together into an elaborate design, such as a birthday cake shaped like a giant cheeseburger, or a baby shower cake that looks like a kid's shoe. And while they specialize in these sorts of cakes, not everything the bakers create is destined for a party. They also make cookies, cupcakes, pies, and other everyday treats.
Though their processes are meticulous, there are no secret recipes at Bakers Park. The bakers happily teach the tricks of their trade to curious would-be confectioners during cake classes.
Personal Touch Custom Auto's owner, Ron Sanders, started detailing cars at the age of 19, and he still enjoys the work as much as he did back in his community-college days. Though he handles the operations of the shop, you won't find Ron sitting behind a desk—he gets his hands dirty right alongside his crew. During detailing treatments, he and his technicians gently hand-wash cars before slathering them in coats of wax and carnauba-sealant applications to protect paint. They also employ their expertise to install audio equipment, patch dents, and wrap auto glass in quality scratch-resistant films that guard auto interiors from 98% of UV rays, lingering heat, and direct eye contact with strangers.
Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.
Many Mini Cakes specializes in sweet treats of small stature that overcompensate for their size with artful decoration and rich, addictive flavors. Vividly colored green frosting sets the grassy foundation for jungle-theme mini cakes covered in edible faux rivers and fondant animals, and Lego–inspired cupcakes rely on vibrant colored frosting and the signature building blocks to conceal centers of double chocolate or zesty lemon meringue. For those looking for a one-bite treat, cake pops are also available in fun flavor and color combinations, offering all the indulgence of a cupcake with the stick-mounted convenience of a frosting-covered microphone.
Newlyweds can’t stop praising the staff at Flowers & Fancies. In several glowing reviews posted on the business’s website, satisfied customers praise their bridal bouquets and aisle-side blooms, with some even hand-scrawling their thank-you notes to the florist. While the shop’s employees boast a special knack for creating wedding-day arrangements, their artistic bouquets express a wide spectrum of sentiments so flower givers don’t ever have to change facial expressions. On anniversaries, 12 long-stem roses commemorate years of devotion, while sprays of pink flowers make a friend’s day. The floral artists also indulge a whimsical streak with pup-shaped arrangements and a line of cocktail-inspired bouquets that only cause intoxication if soaked in vodka and eaten as a snack.
Linda Seidel is a long-time beauty expert who strives to subdue a wide array of dermal irregularities and discolorations. As the brain behind Natural Cover products, she understands how to analyze skin types, accommodate sensitivities, and vivify visages with a few strokes of the brush. Whether consulting with clients or guiding them through the application process, Linda encourages all guests to ask questions and explore their options, from trying new products and tones to abandoning old habits such as putting on lipstick while riding a pogo stick.