Cinderella Dance’s energetic instructors call on years of experience in the fields of dance, acrobatics, and pageantry as they guide mother-child duos through basic somersaults and shimmies during one-hour Mommy and Me Tumbling classes. Children aged 16–35 months can join their progenitors in fun, physical activities spanning four weekly sessions, in which an array of exercises and graceful tumbles introduces youth to the foundations of fitness and discourages them from future careers as patio-furniture cushion-testers. Small class sizes ensure individual attention, and positive interaction with peers improves social and sharing skills. While flipping and flailing around the studio, children should wear leotards, stretchy shorts, and footless tights, and mothers may dig out their old spandex wedding dresses.
Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain is one of the last holdouts of bygone era. Open since 1960, the combination pharmacy, soda fountain, and gift shop treats its guests as treasured friends, just like a small-town shop should. The pharmacists prepare prescriptions and dispense over-the-counter remedies to keep people healthy and happy. Meanwhile, at the other end of the shop, another kind of happiness is brewing. An old-fashioned soda fountain and diner—complete with aqua-blue seats and formica countertops—serves up burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and sundaes that plaster smiles on faces at mealtime. Furthermore, the One Love Bakery team creates sugar cookies, pies, and strawberry shortcake that provide a sweet ending to a filling lunch. Complete your trip by taking home candles or bath products, which can soothe minds agitated by cravings for extra chili cheese fries.
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.