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A former player for the Green Bay Packers and LA Raiders, Sean Jones now captains Xcel Performance and Fitness's staff of performance specialists, physical therapists, and nutritionists, inspiring patrons to transform into fitter versions of themselves. Guests sprint and corral balls on the indoor turf field and basketball court, which spread out across the 18,000-square-foot facility, and muscles pump on cardio and strength-training machines in the workout areas.

In addition to tailoring personal-training sessions to each client's fitness goals and abilities, the trainers lead myriad fitness classes. The classes accommodate patrons of all ages and desired outcomes, from adolescent athletes training for their sport of choice to retired physicists who secretly always dreamed of bench pressing gravity.

133 W Parkwood Ave
Friendswood,
TX
US

Established: 1986
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Most popular offering: Wedding, bridesmaids, and prom dresses
Pro Tip: Call to make an appointment to prevent long waits on busy days but walk-ins available as well.
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

18980 Gulf Fwy
Friendswood,
TX
US

Secondhand Diva offers up an array of high-end women’s clothing and accessories in used but excellent condition, plus a selection of new boutique items. Shoppers can pop in and peruse jeans fashioned by brands such as True Religion and 7 for All Mankind ($10+), vintage handbags from Coach and Gucci ($10+), an assortment of gleaming jewelry ($15 on average), and a variety of feet-hugging shoes ($15 on average). Secondhand Diva only sells fashions that are free of stains, odors, and territorial ghosts who refuse to share closet space with photo albums and suitcases.

104 S Friendswood Dr
Friendswood,
TX
US

Novel Approach gives social scrapbookers a chance to add a few new pages to their artistic portfolio while befriending like-minded crafters. In the shop's classroom area, 15–20 would-be memory keepers and card crafters can gain creative insight while upgrading their scrapbooking powers from mind-blowing to super-mind-blowing. The Pizza and a Six Pack class ($40) lets students draft a half-dozen pages and munch on pizza, and the Breakfast Club option ($60) involves devouring a continental breakfast and composing a 20-page 12"x12" album. Novel Approach also offers various card classes that deal with stamping and paper techniques ($25–$30), paper-bag book classes ($30), and more. Visit the schedule for class times and information about what supplies you'll need to bring along. Though today's Groupon is only good toward classes, budding crafters and bookmakers can also peruse Novel Approach's inventory to locate crafting supplies and then buy the ones that look friendly for 10% off the regular price on the day of their class.

607 S Friendswood Dr
Friendswood,
TX
US

A+ Pack and Ship escorts delicate belongings across long distances with complete packing, boxing, and shipping services. With full-service treatments, the wrapping specialists carefully ensconce items in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and cardboard boxes to ensure shipping safety. Same-day delivery and overnight FedEx or UPS services effectively transport items to their proper locales while eliminating the need to breed genetically enhanced, super-strong carrier pigeons. A selection of holiday gift items such as greeting cards ($3.99) and college stockings ($29) accompanies items with additional holiday flair. Shipping prices are determined by weight, dimensions, zip code, and date of arrival requested. For reference, customers can ship a 1-pound package overnight to Atlanta ($10.30) or a 5-pound package to Laguna Hills, California, within four days ($21.54).

1620 S Friendswood Dr
Friendswood,
TX
US

Caché helps women turn heads with fun, vibrant outfits that transition easily from day to night. From lifestyle sportswear to cocktail dresses, the national specialty boutique has what women need to look fabulous before, during, and after their 9-to-5. To ensure a personalized shopping experience, stylists stand ready to advise customers in every boutique. Shoppers can even schedule a one-on-one appointment to streamline preparations for a special event.

Though these looks change from season to season, Caché is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Caché also maintains an entire collection of LBDs—little black dresses—that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office.

My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic

E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.

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1188 Baybrook Mall
Friendswood,
TX
US