U-Stor's gabled roofs, brick walls, and watchful video surveillance cameras guard over stored goods and valuables like a ruthless yet elegant gargoyle. Haul in your storables to one of U-Stor's four locations, where they'll be put in the tender confined care of U-Stor's sturdy units, each featuring 24-hour access and unique access codes that allow owners to toggle their personal mini-warehouse's alarm system. Protect your investment in collectible Nora Roberts books in a 5' x 5' unit (starting at $35 per month) or stack the large-print editions in a 10' x 40' facility (starting at $189 per month). U-Stor's units come in a large variety of sizes to suit your needs—visit U-Stor's website to see the available options. All driveways are well lit, and each facility is eminently accessible at any time thanks to the convenient drive-up entryways, allowing you to tow out and restock at your discretion.
The art connoisseurs at Creative Hands guide patrons of all ages through the artistic process with a cache of ready-to-paint plaster and ceramic items. Equipped with provided paints and glazes, budding Picassos can transform bare figurines, plates, bowls, and goblets into masterpieces as personalized as the Mona Lisa's thumbprint. Guests can tote away freshly decorated plaster pieces after a 30- to 45-minute glazing-and-drying process or enlist the warming powers of a kiln to seal in a ceramic creation's luster and then pick up the fired work of art a week later. Creative Hands' roomy studio fosters a suitable space for large groups or birthday parties and houses a ladies' night on the first Thursday of every month.
Ethel of Alterations and Custom Designs has more than four decades of experience in all pleats and plackets of garment construction, adept at manipulating bodily upholstery to fit properly and highlight the wearer's finest features. Customers can have a pair of jeans hemmed ($8) or tapered ($12–$15) with the possibility of same-day turnaround. A shortened sleeve ($16) on a suit starts job interviews off on the right note, ensuring the interviewer shakes a hand and not the worsted pelt of a sheep, and added pant cuffs ($12) lend an air of sophistication. Brides attended by a bridal party of three or more receive an additional 10% off alterations covering hems ($50–$200+, depending on gown complexity) and bustles ($10/hook) for the wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, or groom's traditional hoopskirt.
Brenden "Stubby" Stubblefield, a Texas Tech University scholar studying animal science, bent his head intently over his latest lab project: home-brewed beer. After an exercise with yeast sparked Stubblefield's interest, he taught himself to brew beer to suit his own tastes. As he learned, he noticed the lack of a home-brewing supply store in the area and resolved to start his own with the help of his family. Stubblefield says that he loves his career because, "I get to talk about beer all day. It's like a dream job to me." Other staff members are just as passionate about home brewing, talking with customers and answering questions about introductory home-brewing kits and high-end brewing equipment, some of which the store manufactures.
In addition to equipment, the store carries brewing ingredients such as hops, grains, and a selection of 85 different malts in its own room. Stubblefield also leads home-brewing classes complete with a brief history of beer and a brewing demonstration for students who wish to buy their own supplies and continue the beer-creation process at home. Along with bolstering beer-brewing hobbies, Stubby's Texas Brewing carries hundreds of wine kits and high-end wine making equipment for those who prefer to grapes over grains.
Burgers seared over an open flame, then doused in house-made pepper sauce. Po boys constructed from white hoagies and neatly sliced turkey and ham. These handheld meals characterize the offerings at Uncle Bo's Hamburgers & Deli, where both cold and hot sandwiches stack all-natural ingredients between chewy bread.
A full one-third pound of meat beefs up each grilled burger, served with fries and available with toppings such as bacon, blue cheese, and chili. Deli sandwiches range from hearty reubens on rye to lighter turkey wraps with sprouts and tomatoes, as well as offerings that set sail on wheat bread or tucked inside of croissants. House-made soups warm bellies to prevent locals from walking around with hot potatoes in their sweatshirts' front pockets, although the eatery also slings spuds loaded with bacon, cheeses, and broccoli.