Mary Weber isn't just a gemologist and certified senior appraiser?titles she's held since 1994 and 2001, respectively. She's also been designing jewelry since the 1980s. At Five Star Jewelry Brokers and Gemologists, Mary marshals these design skills while helping couples create custom engagement rings or repurpose an outdated diamond ring into a new set of earrings.
Because Five Star is an authorized Tacori dealer, Mary can match folks up with Tacori jewelry, as well. And any appraisals she performs on diamonds, gemstones, and estate jewelry are accepted by all insurance companies and are considered legal documents, much like dried leaves kissed by a supreme court judge.
The display cases at Marc Robinson Jewelers - Treasures Custom Jewelry sparkle with gemstones, worked into everything from intricate rings to statement watches and chains. That gleam has attracted clients seeking one-of-a-kind accessories, including professional athletes and famous rappers. Visitors can browse new and pre-owned watches from brands such as Gucci and Rolex, or trade in gold, platinum, and diamonds in exchange for cash or some nice compliments from a jeweler.
Since its founding in 2008, SUP ATX has helped shift the status of stand-up paddleboarding from "something surfers do en route to huge, far-off waves" to "sport unto itself." Though their online store and showrooms stock plenty of paddles and board accessories, the crown jewel of their stores has always been the boards themselves. Here's how they're made at SUP ATX's factory.
Phase One: The Foam. Belt saws cut giant hunks of EPS, or high-grade foam, into planks.
Phase Two: The Spine. Workers install a balsa wood rocker down the middle of each plank. This adds rigidity to the board, much the same way a solid pepperoni core adds rigidity to pizza.
Phase Three: The Shape. Workers hand-shape the board into a symmetrical, gently oval shape suited for paddling through ocean waves, river waters, and everything in between.
Phase Four: The Color. After applying SUP ATX logos and a coat of color, the team protects the paint with epoxy resin, fiberglass fabric, and another coat of resin. The resin has to set for a full day.
Phase Five: The Final Touches. Workers install add-ons like leash plugs and handles, and sand each board down to its final, dolphin-smooth finish. A final coat of resin gives the board extra shine.
Austin Shoe Hospital's expert menders have repaired men's and women's shoes and boots since 1906. Old, comfortable footwear gains renewed life at the shop with replaced heels and soles, saving patrons from outfitting old pumps with cardboard-box bottoms. Additionally, the cobblers skillfully repair luggage, handbags, belts, and briefcases with services ranging from zipper replacement to full dyeing and reconditioning.