Though big cities tend to offer a lot of activities for residents, the sheer volume of options can sometimes make it overwhelming to find something fitting. For residents of Austin, the Austin Clan of Everything Social (ACES) makes it easy to find a good time no matter your speed, with social leagues at watering holes and bowling alleys throughout town. On any given night, participants might gather to blow away their highest ping-pong score or grab a mic during a karaoke battle to show off their high note that only dogs can hear. Over the course of a season, members make new friends, bolstering the ACES community while battling for glory with their teammates.
At Nomadic Notions—a bead shop carrying more than one million types of beads from 20 different countries—teachers lead hands-on workshops on forging your own jewelry. Various teachers helm the Let's Make Earrings class, where they lays out methods for fashioning lobe ornaments using basic techniques. Students learn to wrangle wire and bend the will of beads with techniques including simple loops, wrapped loops, component selection, and adding chain. The instructor also provides design tips to coax earrings into aesthetically pleasing arrangements and aurally pleasing three-part harmonies.
Outfitting pavement pounders since 1937, Karavel Shoes stocks a large selection of athletic, comfort, orthopedic, and fashion-forward shoes for men and women in its more than 15,000-square-foot store. Choose from brands such as New Balance, Mephisto, Dansko, and Clarks, or take a trip to an on-site wellness center that specializes in orthopedic and diabetic needs.
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.