Beverly Crock and her daughters, Lauren and Shannon, are the family behind For Goodness Sake Natural Food Store. They stock familiar items such as bacon, as well as lesser-known products such as bioflavonoids—plant compounds believed to improve the skin's appearance. But if visitors aren't familiar with such items, it's not a problem. “We educate people,” Shannon explained to The NB Scene. “That comes naturally to me because I grew up this way and it is my lifestyle as well.”
Although the store's representatives happily guide patrons through their inventory, many of the store's products need no introduction. Rainbow-hued carrots and crisp sugar-snap peas beckon from their perches, and organic eggs come from Vital Farms, where chickens roam in pastures and take European vacations whenever they want. Additionally, at the juice bar patrons sip on nectars squeezed from the store’s organic produce.
For more than 23 years, Mrs. Annie has been dishing out homemade sweet treats and natural snacks blended fresh, one pot at a time, every day. Sugar-lusting customers can peruse the plethora of premium brittles and artisan eats, and bury bicuspids into brittle classics such as peanut brittle (16 oz., $7.95) and pecan brittle (16 oz., $8.95), or spiced up jalapeno peanut brittle (16 oz., $8.95). Flavored peanuts—Spanish-roasted, spicy hot, or sugar-coated (7 oz., $2 each)—shake the foundation of legume traditionalists, while Mrs. Annie’s all-natural peanut butter ($3.75 for a pint) makes for the perfect PB&J sandwich or a delicious solution to roof repair.
The annual Kyle Fair and Music Festival unites the community with the smoky flavors of competitive barbecue, the colorful fun of a kid-friendly parade and carnival, and the twangy strains of an eclectic lineup of live music. On Friday evening, Thunderhill Raceway will roar with the sounds of Cheyenne, a country cover band able to replicate Garth Brooks's twang, Kenny Chesney's cowboy-hat silhouette, and Glenn Frey’s egg-laying abilities. Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne then shows off its unique fusion of rock, pop, and country melodies set to narrative lyrics of love won, love lost, and love absentmindedly forgotten on the counter. On Saturday, Grammy-winning Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma delivers songs fresh off its new album, El Existential, and Blue Clear Sky celebrates country monarch George Strait. VIP ticket holders snag the best seating in the venue and enjoy a short stroll back to their vehicle's cushy preferred spot.
The ice-cream churners and pastry producers at The Sweet Spot delight patrons with a myriad of homemade ice-cream flavors, made-to-order milkshakes, and freshly baked cupcakes. An icy glass tundra houses creamy concoctions, beckoning sweet-tooth jaws to descend to the floor in awe of traditional ice-cream flavors such as rich chocolate or fresh strawberry, as well as inventive taste creations, including cotton candy and tropical Caribbean. Gaggles of milkshake gulpers can choose the ice-cream flavor of their liking to morph into a thick and creamy milkshake, sating liquid appetites and exercising long-lost spaghetti-slurping skills. Festooned in bright colors and mounds of sugary frosting, a parade of cupcakes pleases a plethora of cravings, with flavors such as bubble gum and carrot cake, each perfectly shaped to be enjoyed without a fork or to be hurled at insolent garden gnomes.
Pair up with a pal or loved one for an escape to the quaint and sunny L'Aroma Café, where skilled baristas steep imported teas and steam espressos with the level of care seen among ex-plumbers in belt shops. Glass-top tables fog up under mugs of freshly brewed drip coffee and espresso concoctions, and teas sourced from Sri Lanka fill the air with scents of jasmine, spiced chai, and mango. Other beverages range from hot chocolate and chai lattes to zesty apple cider, and L'Aroma can serve any coffee drink on ice, decaffeinated, or in a miniature replica of the local water tower. Fresh pastries and other desserts beckon tongues from behind the café's glass counter. French macaroons wave-down taste buds with buttercream icing and tea bread spells out invites with apricots and pecans.