The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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W W W . T R A V E L S O U T H U S A . C O M 59 bakery's signature product is the layered caramel cake; other offerings include coconut cake, strawberry cake, chess pie, sweet potato pie and pecan pie. And if those options do not sound fi ll- ing enough, try the chocolate meringue pie, which is made with homemade butter-lard crust and three pounds of fi lling. "It's a huge, mile-high kind of dessert," said Russell. The bakery also prides it- self in serving as a community leader for New Albany's 8,500 residents. "Some years, I spend al- most half my time at community events," said Russell, who helped found the local farmers market and runs a co-op booth there that features local meats, chees- es, grains and ice cream. "We try to provide things that our farmers don't have, to round out the offerings at the market and compete with larger markets in the area," said Russell. W W W . S U G A R E E S . C O M T OPSY'S POPCORN Kansas City, Missouri As the oldest merchant on the Kansas City Plaza, Topsy's Popcorn originally opened in 1929 as Patsy's, eventually chang- ing the name to Topsy's. What has not changed is the popularity of the store's caramel popcorn, cin- namon popcorn and cheddar cheese popcorn. "We have people in their 70s come in and say, 'I used to come here when I was a teenag- er,'" said store manager Rhonda Blake. "And now they bring their kids and grandkids." @freneticfi tlisa Solo ride today, dirtbag stylin in my bamboo shades & @oskarblues swag shirt #dalespaleale #arkansas #explorenlr #mountainbike #girlswhoride Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Facebook: Arkansas State Tourism Twitter: @artourism Instagram: @arkansas MENTIONS A R K A N S A S

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