Celebrating their 11th year in business this year, Transformation Boot Camp’s team sums up their philosophy on living in one simple phrase: “We are never done.” In that spirit, Transformation Boot Camp celebrates positivity, teamwork, and the gallons of sweat that fuel people down the path to fitness. Each boot camp begins with a body assessment that allows students to track every ounce, inch, or percentage of body fat lost. To compliment the cardio-heavy circuit training, Transformation Boot Camp offers a set of Power Tools to help each boot-camp member hit their goals, including meal planners and refrigerators that make wisecracks about unhealthy food choices. All of this explains why Transformation Boot Camp was named Living magazine's "Best Weight Loss Program in North Dallas" in 2013 and 2014.
At Sip-n-Doodle, colors swirl, spread, and mix over canvases while lively conversations crackle. Artists walk students through step-by-step instructions, helping them fashion their own interpretation onto a painter’s canvas. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage of their choice, the better to sip as they daringly work outside the lines. The studio provides all the necessary painting supplies, cups, and bottle openers, as well as blow dryers should works not be completely dry by the end of the night.
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According to the Dallas Morning News, sewing and handwork gave Laura Kay Houser's life "balance"—guiding the stay-at-home mother through life's daily challenges as well as more trying ones, namely her son's illness. In 2006, Houser and two partners turned that restorative hobby into a business venture. Houser now spends most of her days behind the counter, eyes figuratively glued on her latest project.
Inside the colorful shop, shelves overflow with fabrics by brands such as Andover, Benartex, and Marcus Brothers, as well as with books, kits, and experimental needlework patterns inspired by the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Experienced teachers pop in to lead a variety of classes, ranging from sewing basics to workshops with renowned authors and designers. As the culture of quilting has always involved gifting quilts to those in need, the store publicizes volunteer opportunities involving quilting and other crafts.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store collects and resells gently used clothing and home items at deeply discounted rates. The society has used the proceeds from the shop to help fund more than $2 million in financial assistance and programs that include adult education, youth enrichment, and holiday meals for North Texas families in need.
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Roseann Wilson, owner of Fabric Rows Design House, fills her store with designer fabric from Waverly, Laura Ashley, and Ralph Lauren available at wholesale prices. After a lamp-design consultation ($45), store designers devise custom table or floor lamps from clients' vases, pottery, glassware, and spun sugar busts of Mary Tyler Moore. Lighting wizards can also update an antique or vintage lamp ($18), replace a broken socket ($18), or perform a complete rewiring ($26.99). In addition, clients may opt to have couches and chairs reupholstered with store fabric available by the yard or a velvet tracksuit torn from a defeated rival. Soft lighting brightens the intimate store space, and a gallery of past work adorns the walls for crafty customers to peruse for inspiration.