Since 1969, when Gladys Haak gave her husband Raymond two concord grapevines to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the couple's namesake vineyard has flourished into 1,800 vines sprawling across three acres. Galveston County's first and only winery transforms grapes into award-winning potions that have earned the attention of the Houston Press and the Dallas Observer. Whether sipped onsite or at various shops and restaurants, the wines grace glasses with a diverse m?lange of local blends. Custom labels can be commissioned to personalize each bottle with heartfelt dedications or nutritional information written in iambic pentameter.
The vineyard welcomes thirsty visitors with tours of their verdant vines, 25,000-square-foot workshop, and deli stocked with Boar's Head meats and pungent cheese. Frequent guests reap the exclusive benefits of the winery?s club memberships, which include invitations to special events, first tastings, discounts, and complementary bottles. An event-ready banquet space also sets the scene for memorable weddings and events, with the winery?s chef, Mary Bass, overseeing catering duties, cake cuttings, and the busboys? a capella performance of ?Take My Breath Away."
The Arms Room caters to enthusiasts both on and off the range. Their staff sells, trades, and appraises most types of firearms, and they stock accessories from holsters to clothing. For maintenance, onsite gunsmiths clean firearms, mount scopes, and perform many other services to enhance the weaponry. The shop's display of classic and antique guns exhibits the staff's expertise in firearms preservation.
Holding doctorates in optometry and biochemistry, Dr. Zeinep O. Echetebu dispenses her extensive knowledge of vision to patients at both Gulfgate Vision and Gulf Vision. To assess eye health and help guests find the optimal form of vision correction, her services range from annual exams to visual-field-screening analyses for early detection of diseases. The staff then fits eyes for contact lenses, or leads patients through a stock of designer frames from brands such as Burberry, Juicy Couture, Gucci, and Versace to ensure that clients look stylish when they see themselves clearly in the mirror.
Gift shop Handcrafted in America Over 400 American Artists Shop is made up of critters from car parts, bike parts, commode floats, yard art, signs, inspirational, gourmet foods, fused glass jewelry, unique jewelry, Gine glass, Pottery, Western room, Book closet, and much much more.
Sweets Galore's cone-topping confectioners scoop and slice helpings of velvety Ashby's products into myriad ice creams, cakes, and drinkable treats. Surprising scoops ($1.95+) such as cherry-lemon cake and country-apple pie cozy up to palates and await chances to share a cone ($1.95 per scoop, up to $5.95 for five scoops) or comingle in a thick, blended milkshake ($4).
Created by chief flockologist Chris Ann Dale, Flamingos 2 Go provides the goofy gear for practical jokers to stealthily decorate lawns with festive signs and kitschy plastic lawn ornaments that surprise the recipient and help celebrate any occasion. This deal grants lawn jesters a two-day rental of 50 pink flamingo or 50 black buzzard lawn ornaments (an $80 value), a rental set of “Happy Birthday” or “Over The Hill” signs (a $20 value), and a rental of one personalized sign printed on weatherproof plastic (a $20 value). Much like TPing a house or duct-taping someone’s hand to their face, flocking is a fun, harmless prank that celebrates a birthday, graduation, newborn baby, or die-hard dedication for the upcoming promotion. Flamingos are easier to clean up than other lawn pranks, and for an additional fee, Flamingos 2 Go can meet at a designated drop-off point or call in their heavy artillery of lighting-fast flockesseiurs to do the job while you distract the recipient.