It's not a rarity to hear "I feel like a kid in a candy store!" at Powell's Sweet Shoppe, an old-fashioned, nostalgic re-creation of candy stores, that's goal is to take customers for a walk down memory lane. Adults of all ages revert to a child-like state when presented with jars, shelves, and boxes of the candy of their childhood, including early 1900s classics such as Charleston Chews to later favorites such as mallo cups and candy necklaces. But just because the staff stocks nostalgic candies, it doesn't mean they ignore 21st-century concerns. They keep handy comprehensive lists of which candies are free from allergens and unwanted products. These lists include options free of high-fructose corn syrup, animal products, or gluten, which can help guests treat themselves without fear of dietary restrictions or accidentally starting a five-day candy bender.
Helmed by Susan Vollmer, the culinary shop equips patrons with the goods and know-how with which to assemble delicious meals. Guests can peruse the cozy shop's selection of cookware, kitchen gadgets, and kitchen décor, picking out funky Venus flytrap–shaped tongs or kitchen mops that double as sous chefs. To learn how to put their new tools to work, gourmet cooking classes teach students to whip up meals such as Iranian mushroom patties in whole-wheat pitas or five-course brunch feasts. The classes run in 50-minute, 60-minute, or two-hour spurts, and are taught by local teachers, chefs, and cookbook authors.
The knowledgeable staffers at Juice It Up help customers to make healthy, delicious choices by blending fresh fruits and vegetables into refreshing beverages. Juices made with raw ingredients?high in fiber and vitamins?can cleanse and slim bodies for the summer. Fruits, nonfat yogurt, and sherbets blend with unique ingredients such as fresh carrots and green tea to make up specialty smoothies.
Customers seeking more solid sustenance can opt for bowls of organic omega 3-rich honey granola topped with a?a?, bananas, and mangos. Many locations welcome customers in with elements of West Coast?inspired decor such as California-mission-style windows, bright yellow and orange color schemes, and aspiring actors passing out headshots.
Dedicated to spreading nautical know-how, Aventura Sailing Association has been supplying aspiring seafarers with sailing instruction, boat rentals, and knowledgeable skippers since 1976. Captain Mark Howe helms the association's sailing school, which instills students with safety guidelines and sailing theory in a classroom setting before taking to the waves for hands-on experience with navigation and popular pirate songs. Instead of suffering the expenses of boat ownership, Aventura Sailing Association members are free to rent vessels from the association's stable of well-maintained 30- to 43-foot sailboats, paying only for the time spent atop the waves. Membership ($55 for each additional month) also grants discounted pricing on sailing school, access to various sailing events, and the opportunity to shadow more experienced sailors and glean subtle tricks of the trade.