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Alyssa and Rachael Hamm

Stops: New Atlas Grill, Jules Boutique, The Boxyard, Ida Red, Fuji, Hey Mambo

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
February 15, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the February issue of Preview.

The Team: Alyssa and Rachael Hamm

Stop #1: We had breakfast at the New Atlas Grill. When we arrived, they were making homemade biscuits and we knew right away that this was going to be a treat. Both of us ordered two pancakes with chocolate milk and fresh orange juice. Alyssa added a side of fruit which went perfect with the melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk pancakes. This place has a small-town diner atmosphere mixed with a little retro because of the multicolored checkered floor. The menu was huge for lunch and dinner. We’ll be back.
Cost: $15

Stop #2: Jules Boutique is like having our own little mall right in downtown. They have everything from gifts and candles to artwork, shoes and unique clothing items to fit anyone’s style and budget. We found a scarf for our mom as a gift. Every time a customer enters the store, it’s like they have their own personal shopper to help them find exactly what they need. They even have brands that the former Miss Jackson’s store carried. They also have jewelry-making classes and can book the boutique for a girls’ night out with snacks and trying on clothes.
Cost: $14.76

Stop #3: We went to The Boxyard to check it out; neither of us had been there. STEMcell was such a unique little shop with all kinds of science things including a giant dinosaur skull, telescopes, NASA suits, and all sorts of new and used scientific books. This is definitely a go-to store for all things science. There were beakers and flasks for the mature science projects and even science kits for kids. Rachael found this cool “helping hands” gadget. She’s all about making things and this will be perfect for her next project that requires small, intricate parts.
Cost: $11.88

Stop #4: Ida Red was so cool. We will be returning for sure. It’s the perfect place to get gifts for people or to treat yourself. We needed to treat our sweet tooth with butterscotch root beer, cream soda, giant smarties (Alyssa’s favorite), an old fashioned giant flat taffy stick, some pop rocks, usually flavored treat that Alyssa picked out for her fiancé who loves sriracha — a strawberry and sriracha sucker.
Cost: $8.45

Stop #5: We love sushi. We thought we would give Fuji a try and it was great. We had onion soup for an appetizer and shared three different rolls: the Al roll was simple but packed with all different satisfying textures; the Love roll had a refreshing sweet and spicy bite thanks to the jalapeño inside and fresh strawberries on top; and the Phone Doctor roll was an explosion of flavor and spice thanks to their special sauce.
Cost: $31

Stop #6: We’ve been hearing about Hey Mambo for a while and had to give it a try. With our last few dollars we ordered a spinach and mushroom calzone and splurged a little over budget on the Ganache al Cioccolato chocolate cake as an appetizer before our meal. Their marinara sauce is to die for and the crust was clearly homemade — crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They also had crunchy bread sticks at each table. We will be back to try some of their many tap beers and enjoy more of the art displayed for sale by local artists.
Cost: $26.79

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