Dragon Pearl Tea is grown organically in a fashion similar to techniques used for thousands of years, sustaining the ancient traditions of tea farming and culture in the Fujian Mountians. No chemicals are ever used in growing and processesing the tea.
Choosing a dessert gets more difficult when there are nearly endless combinations to choose from. This is definitely the case at Ozzie's Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, which tempts visitors with 18 different flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt as well as 20 flavors of hand-made, all-natural gelato. Groups of friends, family members, or homesick Antarcticans can make their own frozen-yogurt creations by adding any number of toppings to their carefully swirled treat. Gelato ranges from the familiar?think raspberry chip, apple pie, and chocolate almond crunch?to the more adventurous choices, such as cucumber-melon sorbet and honey lavender. After getting their orders, patrons can relax at one of the nearby tables and enjoy their snack surrounded by the shop's pale green and yellow walls with bright pink trim.
There’s no one way to tan at European Sun. Alongside UV-free Mystic spray tans, the facility hosts a variety of beds, from standards and standups to turbos, which rocket passengers straight into the sun’s orbit. To maximize results, guests can lather up with designer lotions made by top brands such as Jwoww and Playboy. And European Sun’s skin-care doesn’t stop at bronzing. Inside the facility’s aesthetician room, specialists perform skin-smoothing treatments such as body waxing and acne facials.
From the street, Valley Grind's appearance hearkens back to the Wild West, its double doors and long, covered porch reminiscent of an old general store. Inside, paneled pine walls surround large wooden tables and an overstuffed leather sofa, and the sound of an espresso machine whirrs as baristas plunge the steam wand into a pitcher of milk. Foamy cappuccinos and flavored lattes only begin the menu, however. The team also blends fresh fruit into smoothies and layers bagels with cream cheese, veggies, and meats. In Valley Grind’s adjoining shop, patrons can pick up cute gifts such as candies, cards, hand towels, and other towels that only work on forearms.
Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.
There's a lot of history within Strataca at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum?about 275 million years' worth. It was way back then when the once mighty Permian Sea dried up, and its receding waters revealed something that would forever change the Hutchinson area: salt. Salt as far as a terrified slug's eyes could see. The mineral covered some 27,000 square miles, and it waited there for eons, until Ben Blanchard?an oil man?accidentally discovered it in 1887. Then salt companies began mining the area, eventually clearing out enough room for a museum, 650 feet deep within the Earth's crust.
To reach that depth, visitors travel down a mine shaft on Strataca's double-decker transport. And that ride is only the first of many. Surrounded by walls of exposed salt, the Dark Ride sends guests on a tram through the mine's exhibits on air flow, hazards, and history. The Salt Mine Express then journeys to an area of the mine virtually unchanged from the way it was 50 years ago. Aside from these permanent attractions, the museum also hosts special events, including its Salt Safari, which sends groups wandering through miles of dark tunnel with only a lighted hard hat.