Even if you think you know what you want going into Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, you might find yourself lingering over the store's other selections. Everywhere you look, round dispensers teem with Jelly Belly jellybeans, gummy candies, and M&M's. Tubs of Tootsie Rolls, and Pixy Stix fill the floors, and fresh-made fudge and gourmet caramel apples line display cases. There’s also old fashioned and one-of-a-kind sodas to quench thirsts, toy bubblegum machines to fill goody bags, and PEZ dispensers to teach children about intellectual-property licensing. All of these items, along with a selection of Hello Kitty, TY, and Ganz toys, make excellent holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or snacks for shopping marathons.
The Uncommon Art Shop’s vast selection of eclectic art, household accouterments, jewelry, and novelty gift items enliven the walls, closets, and drawers of art-loving homes. Increase your chances of getting hitched by proposing to all of your dinner guests with Diamond Ring Napkin Holders ($22.50 for a set of 4), or use the cell-phone flask ($23) to cleverly hide spirits, such as the ghost of Alexander Graham Bell. Kids’ food-handling items such as the Air Fork One ($12) let kids man their first flight of food, and the U is for Unicorn ($55) painting help tots master the 23 letters of the alphabet. The Uncommon Art Shop is an equal-opportunity exposer of art and welcomes kids and dogs to roam the store with any adults they happen to bring along.
Intoxicated Chocolates founders Jeffery Rogers and Candace Mills created their business concept over evening drinks. The duo regularly attended social functions around town, and Candace, a dessert connoisseur, would pair their libations with a sweet dish that truly complimented the flavor. Before long, the two merged the two ideas, and began creating chocolates infused with a bevy of adult beverages. Their chocolatey creations bear such flavors as bourbon, scotch, amaretto, brandy, cognac, and a variety of beers. Chocolates come in small 6-count sizes, ideal for sharing during cozy weekday nights at home, and 24-count sizes, perfect for party hosts who forgot they don't own drink glasses.
Happy Hounds' firm no-leash policy lets dogs bound around play spaces unfettered, taking full advantage of the fully insured company's 3,000-square-foot facility. Dogs get exercise outdoors and indoors, climbing over and through agility obstacles as attentive staff members look on. Much like elementary-school students or new employees, dogs are separated into playgroups according to temperament, play style, and knowledge of multiplication tables. These like-minded dogs also bunk down together in slumber-party-style sleeping areas, where they snooze on fleece bedding, drift off to classical music, or stay up late playing truth or dare, their safety ensured by around-the-clock staff.
A kaleidoscopic spectrum of more than 3,400 colors dapples swatches, brushes, and fingertips at Southern Indiana Paint Supply, an all-purpose hub of home improvement. This official Benjamin Moore Signature Store stocks the iconic brand's major lines of residential and commercial paints alongside brushes, caulk, and other tools from trusted names such as 3M, Wooster, and DAP. The high-end Benjamin Moore Aura series' Color Lock technology infuses the paint's resins with vibrant pigments that resist chips, streaks, and scratches from pet porcupines, and the Natura interior waterborne paint’s Green Promise seal ensures that it meets strict environmental standards. Two of Southern Indiana Paint Supply's expert staffers rank among the world's 10,000 NACE-certified technicians, and the entire team works together to realize customers' dream hues and make tedious finger-paint applications a thing of the past.
Originally a limestone mine, the Mega Cavern was mined for 42 years, beginning in the 1930s, and is now the largest building in the state of Kentucky. The cavernous facility utilizes its 90-foot-high thoroughfares to unite guests with an exhilaration previously known only to highly caffeinated miners—ziplining. Customers can purchase separate tickets for a variety of attractions, including Mega Zips ziplining, open daily throughout the year, the Lights Under Louisville show running through January 1, and the Mega Tram, which runs beginning in mid-January. During Mega Zips tours of up to two hours, amateur spelunkers will stream across the subterrain’s six underground ziplines and dual racing lines under the sage supervision of the cavern's ACCT-certified experts. Along the way, guides will entertain guests with tales of the cavern’s rich history and uncanny impressions of stalagmites. Their newest attraction, Mega Quest, just opened in Fall 2013 and claims to be the only underground ropes challenge course in the world.