The cakes created by bakers at A Piece Of Cake By Ybarra's don't fit inside any sort of box?both figuratively and literally. Each cake showcases a different style, such as a five-tiered wedding creation with red flowers flowing down its side, a birthday cake molded into the shape of Thomas the Tank Engine, and a colorful pile of small cakes crowned with clusters of mini balloons. What the cakes do have in common is that they're frosted and filled with creative flavors, from almond or chocolate-mint cake to fudge-chocolate or pineapple buttercream frosting.
Edible Arrangements' fresh, artful dipped-fruit boxes combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. Delve into the depths of fruity expression with one of nine chocolate-dipped fruit boxes valued at $25 or less, such as chocolate-dipped apple wedges ($25), or the boxed 15-some of decadent fruit truffles ($25). On a holiday or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
Set among stacked barrels and rough wood accents, Cowgirl Wannabe—the hip, younger sister of Taubert Farm & Ranch country store—marries the Old West with fresh looks to provide gear for rakish rancheras and steadfast stallion-steerers alike. On-trend T-shirts boast cowpoke twists ($40), such as bucking-bronco details or sparkly slogans including, “I’m your huckleberry,” and, “My other car is also a horse.” Blinged-out belt buckles, with embellishments such as turquoise-nugget beads and pearls (around $40), attract undercover uptown divas visiting the ranch as part of a movie-plot-forwarding saga. Brilliant beaded necklaces, most with sparkly and silver accents ($40+), double as luminous lariats for roping in attractive décolletage. Purses, sandals, flip-flops, and candles round out the offerings at Cowgirl Wannabe, along with handcrafted home goods from local artisans.
Cottonwood Creek Country Club & Golf Course has tested the mettle of south Texas golfers for more than 20 years on its nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,245 manicured yards. Each round of golf ($9/person) challenges golfers with fast, tight play over undulating bent-grass greens and fairways, perfect for practicing your short game and modeling new plaid knickers. Golfers traverse the course on carts ($6/person) to successive par 3 holes, including the signature hole No. 5, a formidable 175 yards that challenges golfers with a scenic tee shot over a rolling stream. A year-round average of 74 degrees washes gentle warmth over the course and ensures that even if golfers have a subpar game, they still get plenty of the sun’s friendly vitamin-D-filled rays.
Boasting “50,000 things to make somebody happy,” Quips ‘n’ Quotes stocks a plethora of gifts and collectibles to throw a wrench into your next sadness convention. Aromatize your abode with the store’s selection of Yankee Candles and Aromatique products, or go back on your pledge to live in 24-hour darkness thanks to a La Tee Da lamp. Find an ornate ornament for the wrist or neck of a loved one with selections from Swarovski, then mail a sliced-tree communiqué about your discovery from the on-site post office (post-office purchases are not included in the Groupon). As you shop, sip a coffee or cappuccino from the Holy Cow! Coffee Club, also located inside the store, and pair it with some premium chocolates from Godiva.