Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
The confectioners at JenyLee CupCakery whip together and deliver fresh, made-to-order cupcakes in 1 of 17 decorated varieties. Delight taste buds with flavors such as Campfire S’mores, complete with the requisite ingredients but without the fire or unmanageable sessions of "Kumbaya." Grasshopper carries a hat of mint frosting and Andes mint pieces, whereas the red velvet hosts cream-cheese frosting and a dusting of sugar crystals. Each month inflates the ego of a featured treat, including current diva, the Salted Caramel Cupcake, made with house-made caramel from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, sea salt from Penzeys Spices, and sugar from the tears of a fairy. Part of the proceeds from each month’s feature is donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Black Tie Formalwear's seasoned clothiers redefine manly silhouettes with fine Italian suits perfectly matched against dress shirts and colorful silk ties. From Italian imaginations renowned for designing distinguished men's formalwear, each suit boasts fibers of lightweight super 140 wool, a measurement that describes the heft of the yarn and the fact that it was harvested from Superman's personal flock of sheep. Michael Kors cotton dress shirts breathe easily through their comfortable weave while breathing life into fashionable ensembles. The eye-catching glisten of all silk ties rest comfortably atop shirts and chests, secretly inscribed with subconscious pick-up lines woven by flirtatious silk worms. Formalwear experts reside at each location, ready to assist customers with measurements, fittings, and recommendations of matching shoes or accessories.
The knowledgeable fashionistas at Twist Boutique stock the store’s shelves with trendy apparel and accouterments from renowned designers. Upgrade drab wardrobes with Tulle tops ($20–$70) and spring coats ($60–$80), or craft a makeshift slingshot with a Hanky Panky thong ($17). Jewelry by designers such as Kie & Kate and K. Amato ($20–$60) accessorize stylish outfits, and Melie Bianco handbags and purses ($74–$90) make toting cell phones and lip gloss around town a chic venture. Twist also specializes in high-end denim by designers that include Hudson, Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Joe's Jeans that brings out people’s inner-cowboys and outward bipedalism.
Kasie’s Beads is a classy bead boutique that boasts a full line of beads from around the world. Whether you’re a beginner or have made jewelry for years, the abundance of Czech Glass, Freshwater Pearls, Swarovski Crystal, Semi Precious Stones, Sterling Silver, gold & copper is sure to inspire!
Youth Sports Experience (YSE) is a retail and online company that specializes in top of the line equipment and apparel for football, baseball, women’s fast-pitch, basketball and soccer . YSE offers team sales as well as general supplements and 100% high performance sports nutrition.