8,000 sq. ft. Scrapbook & Paper Crafting Store opened in 2001. Supplies for invitations, home deco, school projects including custom designed local and area school papers, stickers & albums. We imprint on albums and offer custom designed albums, bags, purses and more with your photos on them.
Each Candyopolis is home to more than 1,000 different varieties of sweets––everything from Depression-era favorites such as licorice, Herbert Hoovers, and "chewing dirt" to the latest wave of sugary and sour confections (Toxic Waste sour candy, $1.99). Retro sweet teeth sink into Abba Zaba candy bars ($7.99 per pound), Big Hunk ($1.49), and the Holy Trinity for chewing connoisseurs: Beemans, Black Jack, and Clove Gum ($1.50 each). Imported and domestic chocolates cohabitate peacefully in neighboring bulk bins, and insurgent bands of gummy worms build IEDs out of Pop Rocks ($0.99) and plot military coups over Candyopolis's ruling class of imported Haribo gummy bears ($3.99 per half pound), which also come dipped in chocolate ($4.99 per half pound). With 48 flavors of Jelly Bellies ($5.99 per half pound), 50 unique PEZ dispensers ($2.49 each), and 21 colors of M&Ms ($5.99 per half pound), each year Candyopolis exports a colorful crop of treats directly to the bellies of local children, children at heart, and hopelessly misinformed health nuts everywhere.
Batteries Plus, No. 19 on the Dun & Bradstreet AllBusiness AllStar Franchise rankings, connects to a network of 515 stores in order to stock more than 40,000 types of batteries and light bulbs and ensure that customers can special order obscure parts. Their batteries range from dainty watch batteries to 5,000-pound leviathans that can power forklifts, and an on-site tech center can design and assemble custom batteries or rebuild old ones. A diverse array of chargers keep systems juiced, and the shop’s bulbs range from fluorescent tubes to heat lamps. To safeguard the environment, Batteries Plus's staff recycles all types of batteries and bulbs rather than hauling them to landfills or feeding them to each other.
At Quilt N Bee's full-service quilting store, the team of stitching specialists strives to help patrons handcraft intricate and snuggly quilts that can be passed down through family generations. In addition to stocking yards upon yards of multicolored fabrics on the shop's shelves, the team can get their needle-calloused hands on specially requested fabrics from several manufacturers. They help customers sift through fabrics to find coordinating designs, varying from westerns and batiks to floral prints and children's designs, which offer special protection against closet-dwelling monsters. In addition to carrying quilting supplies, precut quilt kits, and quilting notions, Quilt N Bee houses a Statler Stitcher, which can replicate any hand-drawn design in stitch form. To help quilters complete their projects, the staff performs long-arm quilting to bring colorful tops together with batting and the backing pieces.
Ed Hewett measures his experience not just in years, but also in dives—he’s plunged into American freshwater lakes and the world’s oceans more than 5,000 times. As the course director at Dive Pros, Hewett leads a team of NAUI- and PADI-certified scuba instructors and dive experts as they train students individually or in groups of up to 20 during basic and advanced open-water certification courses. Seasoned divers seeking deeper instruction can pursue Nitrox, Rescue Diver, and Instructor Trainer courses or ask for tips on how to balance beach balls on their noses underwater. Though instructors train locally, they also lead group dive trips to the cerulean waters of Cozumel, the Galápagos Islands, and Roatán—the largest of Honduras's Bay Islands. To equip divers for each plunge, the team also deals in trusted equipment by brands such as ScubaPro, Oceanic, and Bare.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center educates old ranch hands and rootin’-tootin’ greenhorns about the cattle drives of the 19th and 20th centuries with multimedia presentations and interactive exhibits. Wannabe bovine chaperones can try their hand at roping a steer, learn how to tell the age of cattle, and watch animatronic cowboys discuss life on the trail and successful ways to impersonate humans. Inside the multisensory Experience Theater, viewers are transported along on a cattle drive as they smell the flowers of the prairie, hear the sounds of cattle, and feel the wind and water of a storm. An interactive video game lets kids play the part of a rancher trying to get a herd to the railroad, and a branding station helps exercise creativity by marking property, such as video games or siblings.