Tanisha and Byron Hall started as a mobile vendor selling snowballs from a bright-green trailer at the Southern Festival of Books, Music City Hot Chicken Festival and other outdoor events. This year, they shed their training wheels and set up shop in the Farmers' Market, where their brilliant green-and-gold shop is a focal point of the renovated Market Hall. Tanisha imports the flavor concentrates from her hometown of New Orleans, using them to mix a rainbow of snowballs from strawberry cheesecake to grape. The magic of the snowballs is that the flaky ice slowly melts into a fine-textured slushie, infused with intense flavors. So while you might throw out the bottom two-thirds of a pellety snow cone, you'll savor every sip of a snowball--as does a clientele that ranges from state office workers to kids still wet from the Bicentennial Mall fountains. Along with icy confections--including several sugar-free varieties--Fleur de Lis serves pralines and roasted nuts and offers catering.
Located inside the Nashville Farmers' Market (Phone: 351-6109) Fleur d Lis Flavors is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.