Licensed acupuncturists and Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine Vanessa and Douglas Rutkowski team up at TigerLily Acupuncture to treat the minds, bodies, and spirits of their patients. Both passionate proponents of Chinese medicine, the two utilize the eons-old practice of acupuncture to clear blockages of chi, the energy that flows through the body. The addition of Chinese herbal medicine further augments the well-being of their patients. Additionally, the duo practices clinical nutrition and nutrition-response testing, delivering supplements to help improve health and moods and analyzing underlying causes of individual maladies.
The skincare specialists of MEDermis Facials rarely distract themselves with fad facials and hot new treatments. That's because they've found one treatment to be the most effective way to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and pigment problems: medical microdermabrasion. Their microdermabrasion system of choice is the Parisian Peel, a device that buffs dead skin cells with a stream of microcrystals, sweeps them away with gentle vacuum suction, and puts them to rest with the help of a tiny Grim Reaper. In about 30 minutes, the treatment can help soften signs of aging and jump-start the skin's collagen production, and doesn't require the downtime of chemical peels or surgery. To nourish the newly revealed layer of skin, MEDermis Facials carries the DermaMedics line of anti-aging skincare formulas.
Tucked in a small building on hip South Lamar, Anna's Toy Depot is one of the city's hidden treasures for kids and grownups alike. Owner Anna Barr began her business as a new mother, selling used toys out of the trunk of her car. Today, the store is positively overflowing with all types of fun, including both new and used children’s toys. The shiny new stuff tends to focus on classic games and timeless amusement, but the large stock of lightly used pieces, from Legos, blocks and puzzles to board games, action figures and toy cars, truly sets Anna’s apart from other area retailers. These second-hand entertainment pieces are available for a song, which is perfect for anyone raising children on a budget, or just looking to keep their kids entertained with a steady stream of new stuff to play with.
Michael Schor has dedicated his life to helping people. After receiving his BA in psychology, he studied acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and bodywork in order to help others feel relaxed and comfortable in their bodies. Today, he performs acupuncture and offers a variety of other Chinese medicinal remedies. During acupuncture treatments, he applies featherlight needles to specific areas of the body in order to improve circulation, relieve tension, and open energy meridians. In keeping with Michael Schor's desire to help people in need, he offers his services for suggested donations based on a client's salary.
In early 2010, small business owners David Ansel and Matt Shook both happened to grab a midday bite at the same local bakery, according to the Austin Chronicle. As David lamented the summer lags at his soup shop, Matt commiserated with recollections of wintertime dry spells at his smoothie business. The solution suddenly became clear: they would combine their seasonally oriented enterprises and together enjoy thriving business year-round.
Matt and David’s joint enterprise, Juicebox & Soup Peddler, launched in a small, rehabbed shed. There, the duo began to dispense their largely vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free soups and sandwiches through a food window, as well as appease patrons with fruity juices and smoothie blends that are easier to throw in rivals’ faces than wet cement. In June of 2012, their venture expanded to include a storefront splashed with an orange hue and a mural of veggies, as well as a booming delivery branch that drops ready-to-heat soups and sandwiches on doorsteps or down chimneys.
The trainers at both Punch Kettlebell Gym Austin locations eschew faddy, newfangled machinery. Instead, they employ fitness tools that have stood the test of time: medicine balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Ropes use the weight of the human body to build strength, and the relentless swing of kettlebells?both new and vintage?works the body as a whole, torching calories while letting exercisers imagine they're smashing the glass at a deli. Weights clatter beneath hanging rings and the inspirational quotes chalked on the walls, while percussive thuds echo through the studio as patrons flip truck tires or leap onto boxes.