Edible Arrangements' fresh-fruit bouquets merge the beauty of a floral display with Mother Nature's most delicious candy. At more than 1,000 stores across the globe, fruit florists carve pineapples into flower forms, hand dip bananas into semisweet and white chocolate, and swathe Albion strawberries—sweeter and darker than regular strawberries—in coats of coconut and almonds. Then, they arrange the morsels into eye-catching displays to fill mugs and vases or line decorative gift boxes. Patrons can find an arrangement for nearly any occasion, whether they want to honor Mother's Day, sweeten an anniversary, or send condolences after the death of a friend's pet rock. Customers can shop online and opt for delivery or pick up finished displays at a storefront location.
Since 1949, the Monahan family has roasted peanuts, experimenting with recipes to cultivate a slew of tasty variations on the salty snack. Classicists munch the simple flavors of mixed nuts ($18.95/20 oz.), and bold noshers salivate at the array of flavored nuts, such as tangy, smoky barbecue ($10.75/22 oz.). Indulge a craving for a cayenne- pepper-covered beehive with a jar of hot honey peanuts ($16.95/40 oz.), or test taste buds’ spice threshold with jalapeno peanuts ($10.75/22 oz.). Sweet teeth delight in myriad dessert nuts, including chocolate-covered almonds ($18.95/22 oz.) and decadent honey-roasted cinnamon pecans ($18.95/18 oz.). More chewable than pound cake and more durable than a pound of deli meat, a can of peanut brittle ($12.50/16 oz.) delivers a welcome gift any time of year.
Clay Fusion inspires the artist inside with a substantial selection of clay canvases for all ages and experience levels to decorate and invigorate. Begin by picking a hardened, fully formed piece from the studio's collection, which includes mugs ($13–$20), dishware ($13–$35), figurines ($12–$25), and platters ($30–$70). Then apply a rainbow of paints to masterfully depict a bald eagle, a basketball, or a bald eagle spinning a basketball on its talon. Knowledgeable, amiable crafting coaches stay on hand to offer ideas and instructions to any bewildered imagist. Afterward, leave your oeuvre for the professionals to glaze and wave in front of a blazing dragon's snout, and then return a week later to pick up the finished piece. Clay Fusion's prices are inclusive, meaning there are no studio fees piled on, and the price you see is the price you pay.
Silly Goose lavishes wee ones with stylish new vestments and toys in its colorful new Gateway Commons storefront. Bite-sized garments from brands such as cachcach and Jack and Lily are available in sizes starting from newborn up to size 14 for girls and 7 for boys. Jazz up a peasant dress from Raleigh-based Cheeky Banana ($39.99) with a pair of hot-pink Heelarious baby heels ($35.99), or snap sailors-to-be into jon jons by Glorimont ($54.99). A friendly staff helps parents outfit their budding runway stars, and the shop offers a play area for children to frolic or gossip about front-row sightings during Infant Fashion Week.
Professional artists M. Theresa Brown and Stephen Filarsky channel more than 20 years of experience at the easel to guide students during two-hour art workshops, parties, and afterschool kids’ programs. Workshops elucidate the process of re-creating stunning artworks that depict abstract felines, rustic tobacco barns, and fractals grazing in wintry landscapes. The instructors supply all of the materials and techniques needed to craft masterworks, and encourage participants to hang their take-home paintings in high-traffic hallways. Adult students supply their own beverages at select BYOB classes, and young aesthetes expand their horizons in kids’ classes that encompass drawing, painting, sculpting, and telekinetic printing.