Results Personal Training enlists certified male and female trainers to piece together personalized fitness and nutrition plans that target time-specific fitness goals and allow for anytime onsite access. When paired with a client, each trainer crafts a program geared toward desired results—such as muscle gain or weight loss—and an ultimate end date, which can correspond with upcoming weddings or long-awaited preschool reunions. One-hour workout sessions then draw on an armory of free weights and Pilates balls to activate different muscle groups and prevent bodies from adapting to the routine. With trainers always on standby, clients can walk in on the hour to start a training program without an appointment and report to the center an unlimited number of times per week.
Before each patron’s first workout, an on-staff nutritionist outlines a healthy meal plan customized to his or her needs. Each menu includes the amount of calories that they should consume per meal and day, a list of foods that rev up metabolisms, and arguments to convince tomatoes that they are vegetables. Clients can visit their nutritionists at any point during their membership, and weekly analyses of their progress ensure that they are staying well on track to meet their health objectives.
Trainer Ian Andracchio developed RowZone's unique blend of rowing exercises and full-body toning techniques to help students of all ages and abilities stave off the boredom and plateaus of other fitness regimens. During RZ Core workouts, instructors provide helpful pointers and encouragement to students as they shape up with body-toning ergometers.
Each structured session presents a total-body workout that incorporates rowing, resistance training, and fitness techniques that solidify cores and improve flexibility. Students learn proper rowing technique so that they can explode during the drive, stretch out during the reach, tighten the core during the finish, and flip through an issue of National Geographic during the recovery. Additionally, free-weight curls, crunches, lunges, and other rowing exercises work to provide an effective strength-endurance workout.
Vera Auvil's passion in life has always been cultivating knick-knacks and odds-and-ends—her "sweet nothings," as her husband used to say—so when the opportunity to purchase her own store came her way, she knew she wanted to fill its shelves and aisles with her favorite little things: clothes, jewelry, home décor, and makeup. She christened the shop Auvil's Sweet Nothings and set to work cultivating local artisans and national vendors who proffer goods such as De Novo, Waterford crystal, and Yellow Box Shoes. The skilled staffers at her vendor-based store can even help clients brighten smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening services, make-over mugs with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and learn to cheat during shopping-cart races.
A bloom of pastel sugar cookies sprouts from a foundation of peanut-butter and chocolate-chip cookies heaped at their base. This edible masterpiece, the BouTray, is one of Cookies by Design’s many inventive arrangements. For their creative displays, the bakers have been spotlighted on Home and Lifestyle TV. Once customers have selected their ideal cookie bouquet, cookie platter, or cookie house for displaced gingerbread men, pastry chefs personalize the fresh-baked treats with a written message or design.
Disc Go Round's staff stockpiles thousands of used records alongside a wealth of previously spun CDs, DVDs, and console games for the enrichment of eager ears and eyes. The concrete beat bunker houses stacks of digital and analog entertainment, with most used records ranging from $0.99 to $9.99, and used CDs and DVDs from $4.99 to $9.99. Trace the evolution of soul from James Brown to Mary J. Blige or peruse their legions of vinyl albums via a daily updated online inventory. Shelves of orphaned films patiently wait to be taken home and fill DVD-playing domiciles with explosion-packed action flicks to tear-duct-throttling dramas. Disc doctors not only suggest musical tune-ups for clients who want to key into a certain genre, but also tenderly repair wounded discs ($2).
A cooperative of influences and ideas curated by a group of friends, designers, innovators and visionaries creating textile and other mediums benefitting one man at a time with a goal of increasing ones wardrobe and homestead, in essence strengthening their supply all for the purpose of finding a place in a more meaningful
Baby & Belly and Hopscotch occupies a prodigious storefront loaded with a cache of wares for babies, children, and expecting mothers. Founded by two sisters looking to stay in vogue with buns in the oven, the originally modest shop has expanded with the demand for dapper matriarchal duds. Expectant fashionistas can sift through flattering and current attire by Olian Maternity and Michael Stars ($20-$150). Couture devotees with fully cooked baked goods can pick up a classy diaper bag ($80–$350) or children's clothing by labels such as Baby Lulu and Tooby Doo.
Experienced art instructors at Vino2VanGogh guide fledgling students through three-hour painting productions within the inviting walls of a cavernous, trendy studio. The studio supplies artistic equipment, gourmet cheese trays, wine openers, ice buckets, and glasses, though students should bring their own wine and Fun Dip snacks. Students follow seasoned painters as they walk through step-by-step painting processes, and a Bose sound system serenades them with the dulcet melodies of Pandora radio. The studio recommends arriving to classes 20 minutes early to mingle with fellow classmates or to warm up creative muscles with rigorous lunges.
Shannon’s Distinctive Fashions lavishes each patron with personalized attention to assemble outfits of attractive jeans, dresses, jackets, and accessories suitable for the coastal clime. Don an outfit composed entirely of items from popular brands, including Analili, Mesmerize, and Weston Wear, or confuse disobedient arms by suiting them in jeans by Worn, David Kahn, or Cookie Johnson. A variety of jewelry ($20–$40) bedecks appendages, and stylish sunglasses ($18–$69) shade irises from constant squirt-gun fire. Feet get protection from the summertime sidewalk heat in Meeka beaded flip-flops ($37).
Pretzelmaker knots up homemade ropes of golden goodness daily, pairing its sweet and salty treats with a bevy of refreshing beverages. Stop-and-go shoppers can refuel with classic salt- and butter-slathered pretzels ($2.35) that pleasantly pair with a number of dipping sauces ($0.65 each), including sweet caramel, icing, tangy honey mustard, and others. Teenier mouths and mitts can wrap pint-sized parts around mini salted and unsalted pretzel bites ($4.25 for a regular size). If desired, braided treats can be dusted with cinnamon sugar for no extra charge or wrapped around plump rolls of hot doggery for a Shih Tzu-envied, Doberman-approved pretzel dog ($3.35).
LeVu Boutique boasts a mélange of garments and accessories to drape shoppers in trendy gear. An ever-shifting inventory sports new arrivals every one to two weeks, ensuring that clotheshorses' wardrobes stay fresh and closets keep that new price tag smell. Skirts and dresses ($29–$45) adorn torsos, and a medley of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces (starting at $13) lend shine to extremities. Fashion-forward femmes can cinch their waists with stylish belts (starting at $10) or raid cookies from the top of the refrigerator in a pair of high heels ($20–$45) from LeVu's collection.
JoJo Boutique stocks its airy interior with designer looks for discerning male and female style stalkers. Delve into the ever-evolving racks of graphic T-shirts and dresses ($15–$200), or tuck legs or stray golf clubs into a pair of JoJo's jeans, available in a variety of washes and dual-gendered styles ($45–$175). Vibrantly patterned skirts and tops by Donna Ricco flatter birds of all feathers, and one-shouldered styles by Brokedown help feed swagger-hungry closets. Slip discerning concrete cruisers into kaleidoscopic heels and flats ($50–$300), mixing and matching the bold shoes with the city-chic flair of Hazel and Anama garb. In addition to outfitting burgeoning style stars in its many street-savvy items, JoJo's fashion mavens host in-store runway events to help you piece together an urban-inspired look without picking the collective brain of skyscrapers.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests.
Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Hanley-Wood's original San Antonio store has outfitted homes and equipped newlyweds for 45 years, and the newer Corpus Christi location has been following suit since 2005. The shop boasts a high-end inventory filled with myriad baby gifts, bar necessities, frames, plenty of wedding-appropriate presents, and more. Supply yourself with items such as a silver Texas-shaped bread tray ($34.99)—perfect for serving up longhorn-shaped croissants—or a pierced glass pitcher ($45) from Lenox, whose handle is actually just a hole, and whose spout is actually just a deeper hole. See the online store for limitless gifting ideas.
The friendly trendsetters at Sashay Boutique outfit fashion-forward shoppers with sophisticated threads and stylish accessories that combine southern, East Coast, and West Coast influences. Customers can dazzle lookers-on in a hot-pink off-the-shoulder mini drape dress ($40), whose sumptuous, shoulder-baring cut allows ample landing for remote-controlled helicopters. The loose, crocheted squares of the deep-blue-and-purple webbed scarf in indigo ($30) keep necks cozy year-round. Fingers take center stage with a royal-blue stone ring, whose decorative gold wire wraps a uniquely cut stone in a bejeweled bear hug ($12.95). In the bright, modern boutique, jewelry dangles from tall displays, shoes stand on pale wooden platforms waiting for athletic shoppers to long-jump into them with both feet, and eclectic clothing tempts customers from racks lining the pale-yellow walls. Patrons can consult friendly staff for style advice or enjoy a glass of wine or champagne while browsing and gazing out the store's floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow nearby mannequins to get their daily dose of vitamin D.