It was a fateful night in January 1999 when the bellies of college sophomores Leon and Tiffany started to rumble. The two UT Austin students convened at Leon's apartment, where they whipped up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies in his oven. As they chewed on the warm, gooey fruits of their labor, the pair was struck by the idea to sell these freshly baked cookies to their fellow students. They began delivering treats to their peers during evening study breaks before expanding their customer base to include parents and Austin residents, all the while renting the back kitchen of a local restaurant to accommodate the growing demand. Fifteen years later, the indulgent lure of Tiff's Treats has helped Leon and Tiffany open 13 locations throughout Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Within these bakeries, kitchen crews sculpt fresh dough into 10 types of cookies, supplementing the gooey morsels with decadent brownies and signature Tiffwiches?vanilla Blue Bell ice cream sandwiched between two warm cookies. Bakers hand-deliver batches every day, pulling them fresh from the oven instead of the overheated engine block of the delivery car.
A team of doctors founded Physicians Weight Loss Centers more than 30 years ago, banding together to find the most effective methods for dropping pounds. The regimen that they established begins with an initial consultation, during which a physician helps each client choose the proper weight-loss route from the clinic’s six low-calorie programs. The doctor steps back after choosing the proper plan of action so that a team of nutritionists, nurses, and weight-loss counselors can take over charting progress. Upon completing the program, clients meet once more with the physician to evaluate their results and stage an intervention for oversized clothes that have yet to commit to the program. The lessons that clients learn during these supervised weight-loss programs can help them live a healthy lifestyle long after the session ends.
Touch of Pure Joy Massage & Day Spa situates itself as an oasis for physical relaxation, and has relaxed clients with its signature therapies since 1999. A one-hour hot-stone massage gives stressed clients the opportunity to unwind and enjoy an utterly unrushed experience as aromatherapeutic oils perfume the air and stones send warmth deep into muscles. For those experiencing chronic pain or the discomforts of pregnancy, deep-tissue, applied kinesiology, and prenatal massages forge a truce between muscles caught in a tug-of-war match between the office chair and that recliner in the office lobby. When they've explored the spa's extensive repertoire of relaxing massages, clients can extend their day spa mini vacations with a skin-perfecting facial, or bid adieu to sandpaper skin with hand and foot salt scrubs.
Slimming World puts weight control into the hands of its members with an online repository of healthy recipes and dietary tools. The program centers around a collection of more than 600 easy-to-make recipes, which turn simple ingredients into sensible meals. Designed to be healthy regardless of the portion size, the meals promote weight-loss via overall health, rather than calorie counting or following a helium diet. The wellness-promoting website also furnishes members with a suite of powerful tools that allow them to track their eating habits and weight loss. Slimming World groups, meanwhile, take the lifestyle support offline and into in-person group sessions with fellow dieters.
Even as a child, Monte Lue dreamed of moving to Texas and starting his own business. With some help from his wife, Patricia, and a little ingenuity when it came to the name, Monte did just that with Lue'isiana Po Boys. But Monte didn't just open the doors, kick back, and let a staff of chefs or sophisticated Rube Goldberg machines do all the work. He prepares every dish on the menu himself, including 10 different po boy sandwiches packed with jumbo shrimp, catfish, and oysters. Kicking up the authenticity by several degrees, Monte uses authentic po boy-grade french bread shipped in from the famed Gambino's Bakery. Though the po boys are the reigning royal family of the menu, Monte and Patricia make enough room for Creole and Cajun delight, such as the crawfish etouffee–savory crawfish cooked with fresh basil peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning.
Brazil Brasileiro’s enthusiastic staff celebrates Brazil’s culinary and cultural heritage with feasts of sizzling meat and sumptuous spreads of fresh fare. Traditional rodizio meals pepper taste buds with seven different cuts of roasted pork, chicken, and beef straight off the skewer, including the namesake rodizio, Brazil’s signature cut of steak and form of currency. Tableside servers generously carve off unlimited slices of meat garnished with seasonings of zesty pineapple and spicy cinnamon. In addition to dishing out all-you-can-eat roasted meats, Brazil Brasileiro lays out a buffet that satisfies more diverse appetites for tropical fare with a wide array of traditional Brazilian edibles. Like Pele’s brief conquest of the United States, Brazil Brasileiro aims to import an authentic atmosphere of Brazilian joie de vivre onto American shores by broadcasting South American soccer games on flat-screen TVs. Additionally, live music reverberates across the cozy, hardwood walls, and Brazilian souvenirs beckon to shoppers from the restaurant’s gift shop.