Part greenhouse and part home décor shop, Fads & Frames stocks an abundance of supplies for DIY home decorating, gardening, and landscaping. The shop’s crafty staff fills shelves with bright ribbons, picture frames, and bins of silk flowers that attract groovy, disco-era bumblebees. A wide candle selection scents the store’s air with aromatic fruits, flowers, and spices. In the spring, a garden center blooms with annuals such as begonias, impatiens, and petunias, as well as Kimberly Queen porch ferns and Knock Out roses. While browsing blossoms, shoppers can also peruse a selection of French-inspired and rustic outdoor furniture.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
After selling a successful mosaic shop in her native Texas, artist Wanda Hendrix followed her daughter's family to Mississippi, where she and her husband opened The Mosaic Shop in 2006. One relocation and six years later, the large and colorful studio's walls burst with more than 150 wooden shapes—from simple trays to elaborate figurines—ready to be converted into colorful mosaics. Each of the work tables share a common midsection, where glittering piles of glass stretch from end to end in a variety of shapes and colors. Visitors glue these prismatic shards to their forms before filling in crevices with grout, the same way park rangers finally made the Grand Canyon passable for golf carts. The Mosaic Shop also hosts parties for groups of anywhere from 5 to 50 guests.
Among the bustling cafés, organic grocers, and colorful boutiques lining Jackson's hip Fondren district lies The Shoe Bar @ Pieces. Inside, its black-and-white checkered floor and splashy rugs echo the energy fueling the urban neighborhood outside. Shelves stretch from floor to ceiling, tight with shoeboxes from high-end brands such as Coconuts and bebe. Full-size mirrors reflect women draped in duds by Nightcap and Religion as they look for approval from the parrots perched on their shoulders. Along with shoes and clothing, the style-conscious retailers also hawk accessories including jewelry designed by local artists.
Inside Nevada Bob's, everything is dedicated to golf. For instance, one wall is lined with golf bags and another showcases rows of shimmering golf clubs from top industry brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Callaway. Customers can roam in between this corridor of quality golf equipment to browse golf shoes, inspect the latest golf ball technology, and find the right pair of golf gloves capable of bench-pressing a golf cart. The store also features a repair facility, an indoor golf simulator, and private lessons with an accredited golf pro.