Littlepage Optical vamps up vision and shields human headlamps with their extensive selection of high-end eyeball armor, refractedly improving sight with frames worn by many in south Texas. Stylish safety shades from Wiley X are approved by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and their safety lenses and Z87 frames are used by employees in rough-and-tumble work environments such as refineries, oil fields, and boomerang factories, as well as by motorcycle riders and others.
Layton Bros. Optical has peddled spectacles for more than six decades, training sharp eyes on the latest frame fashions and developments in lens technology. The shop's visionaries have carefully curated a unique collection of designer frames (starting at around $65) from Chrome Hearts to Italee and Maui Jim. Touch up your temples with affordably elegant eyewear from Cartier, or opt for optical sleekness with a sporty frame from Oakley.
Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain is one of the last holdouts of bygone era. Open since 1960, the combination pharmacy, soda fountain, and gift shop treats its guests as treasured friends, just like a small-town shop should. The pharmacists prepare prescriptions and dispense over-the-counter remedies to keep people healthy and happy. Meanwhile, at the other end of the shop, another kind of happiness is brewing. An old-fashioned soda fountain and diner?complete with aqua-blue seats and formica countertops?serves up burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and sundaes that plaster smiles on faces at mealtime. Furthermore, the One Love Bakery team creates sugar cookies, pies, and strawberry shortcake that provide a sweet ending to a filling lunch. Complete your trip by taking home candles or bath products, which can soothe minds agitated by cravings for extra chili cheese fries.
Like many happy tales, Diamond Candles’ story begins with two people madly in love with each other. David, having used all of his savings to purchase a diamond ring for his wife Brenda on their anniversary, was in the grocery store on the hunt for a gift bag in which to stow it. Having no luck, he scooped up a candle as an additional present and headed out of the store. As Dave walked back to his car, a strange idea popped into his head: what if there was a way to hide the ring inside the candle, so it would be revealed by the slow melting of the wax? In 2010, Dave and Brenda founded Diamond Candles to finally make Dave's daydream a reality. From the beginning, the duo has built their business on earth-friendly practices: they make their wax with soybeans grown by local farmers, and handcraft each candle using cotton wicks. Nestled within each glowing pillar, a ring worth anywhere between $10 and $5,000 waits to surprise the gift recipient with its eye-catching glimmer and ability to summon flocks of friendly magpies. Besides the hidden bangles, each candle also fills rooms with a strong scent in aromas such as honeysuckle or Fresh Snow.
Premium Home Whitening's kits take trips to the dentist out of smile-brightening equations with FDA-approved gels. After soaking in heated water, plastic mold-and-bite trays become as pliable as the linguine noodles floating beneath them. The ductile tooth helmets press against the upper and lower ridges, molding to enamel outlines. Patients coat the impressions in U.S.-made carbamide-peroxide gel, then bite into them while clutching a micro LED light between their lips. The at-home treatment can blanch choppers up to five shades. Premium Home Whitening also sells handy dental gadgets such as a portable teeth-whitening pen and a sonic toothbrush with a UV light to exterminate bacteria.
After vacationing in France in the early 1970s, retired physicist Carl Sontheimer was inspired to go back to work. He?d seen a new gadget?a mechanized food processor for restaurants?and wanted to retool it for passionate home cooks like himself. His machine was efficient and versatile: mixing eggs into puff pastry took 15 minutes for a human, 10 minutes for a trained chimpanzee, but just 15 seconds in the food processor. Immediately, revered chefs including Julia Child, Jacques P?pin, and James Beard applauded the invention, and Beard even wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to the machine. Decades later, Cuisinart?s line of innovative products ranges from waffle makers and rice cookers to eco-friendly nonstick pans.