A licensed barber for more than 10 years, Jarrod Papen shortens and shapes locks for patrons of all ages at his station at Crestview Barber Shop. In 45- to 60-minute sessions, Jarrod skillfully snips bangs and sideburns before lassoing cowlicks with a well-placed wet comb. A relaxing, clarifying shampoo cleanses strands before or after the cut, allowing gents to appear regal without borrowing Henry VIII's bib. A warm-lather shave leaves necks tingling in newfound freedom from stubble. A classic black- and white-checkered floor stretches across Crestview’s charming interior, and a wooden rocking horse glances jealously at freshly clipped manes.
Amid crystal chandeliers and wicker furnishings,stylists at Asberry's A' Salon transform hair with custom Brazilian blowouts and hair extensions from brands such as Chi, Hairdreams, and So.Cap. The beauty haven's resident aesthetician brightens and smoothens complexions with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, and nail technicians enhance mani-pedis with acrylic tips or hand-painted portraits of other fingernails.
Amid the crystal chandeliers and fine furnishings of Asberry's A'Salon, Lynda, a 25-year nail veteran, strives to make hands and feet look their best. Drawing from a menu with more than 12 nail-related services, she adds prismatic pop to fingers and toes with OPI polish and durable gel and covers overly shy nails with acrylics. She can up the relaxation with a slew of indulgent add-ons, including a milk mask and a moisturizing vanilla-peach paraffin wax.
As a Texas native, her friendly demeanor comes naturally—in addition to providing premium nailcare, she works to help patrons feel at ease and comfortable throughout their appointments.
Aqua Blue Beauty & Bodyworks' staff enhances traditional spa services with advanced technologies. The result is a menu of multivitamin facials and laser treatments that safely eradicate hair, tattoos, and enemy TIE fighters. They also offer body scrubs and masques using special, customized blends that the clients get to choose. The specialists go so far as to share their secrets with students at an in-house skin institute that offers certification courses in microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, and micropigmentation.
A love for Texas’ Spanish heritage shines through in the instructors at Creative Language Center, who are all native speakers, born and educated in Spanish-speaking countries. Working with groups of six or fewer students allows the teachers bountiful time to speak one-on-one or practice bilingual telepathy with their pupils. General beginner levels introduce basic conversation using pictures and mimicry to cover grammar and present tenses, and intermediate levels enhance students' conversation skills, preparing them to ask for directions and make purchases. In advanced courses, instructors expand students' vocabulary, bringing them the ability to speak on current topics, argue and hypothesize, and recite even the most complicated shampoo ingredients. In higher-level sessions, instructors conduct all in-class speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. General and topic-specific courses start anew each month, enabling budding linguists to join frequently or jump into ongoing sessions.
When lifelong gymnast Natalie McKee first started teaching children gymnastics as a college student, it was more of a side job than a career. Her only goal was to pay her tuition. But that changed when Natalie realized that most gymnastics curriculums for kids suffered a fatal flaw. They all landed in one of two camps: either too structured, or not structured enough. Students were forced to choose one, leaving them either bored without challenges or frustrated by tasks they couldn't achieve. To solve this problem, Natalie opened Jump! Gymnastics, which strives to challenge each gymnast within his or her ability level in fun, engaging gymnastics programs for kids.
Each class, designed for children from 18 months to 12 years of age, builds upon the previous class's teachings, ensuring that gymnasts stay stimulated with new moves without feeling overwhelmed by the challenge. With the success of her gymnastics classes, Natalie also decided to foray into other children's activities, including after-school care that keeps kids active, preschool, camps, and birthday parties.