After 22 years in the air force, Water 2 Wine–founder John McFadden established his first custom winery in San Antonio seven years ago. Already the business has spread as far as Milwaukee to the north and Denver to the west, bringing the country's vinophiles more than 100 wines, each of which are fermented on site and available for tastings every day. Those who want to get more involved in the crafting process may sign up to make their own wine and steep themselves in each step of the operation, from selecting the grape varieties, beginning the fermentation process, withstanding a wait of about 45 days, and finally christening their creation by smashing a tiny boat against the bottle. All custom-made wines are plastered with personalized labels made from one of Water 2 Wine’s templates or images that customers design from the ground up.
With horrifying haunts designed to elicit new shrieks each year, House of Torment Haunted House keeps bones chilled well below room temperature. HauntWorld.com ranked House of Torment in its Top 13 Haunts in 2011, praising it as a "dynamic and ultra-creative attraction" that is "widely considered to be one of the most innovated haunted houses in the country." Other rave reviewers include the Travel Channel and the Wall Street Journal, who call the haunted house "20,000 square feet of terror." Among the many interactive events The House of Torment hosts are the Christmas Blackout, Valentine X, and Apocalypse, Zombie Apocalypse Live Experience. Though House of Torment's attractions change annually, its wall of shame exists as an immortal photo catalog of all those who have squealed in fright or received bunny ears on its premises.
Since its founding in 1968, Jerry's Artarama has had a meteoric rise from a solitary storefront in Long Island to 15 stores nationwide and 500-page mail-order catalogs, supplying enough raw material to produce innumerable sketches, paintings, and drawings. Jerry's knowledgeable shopkeeps guide customers through the gamut of discounted tools, paints, and easels from industry mainstays such as Lukas and Matisse. Alongside the arsenal of art supplies, apparel, and equipment, staffers also provide custom-framing services to ensure masterpieces find a secure and stylish home.
Texas Bike Tours offers guests the chance to explore Austin on the back of one of a cycle. During the Exploring South Austin tour, groups cruise south of the Colorado River, learning about the history of the neighborhood's development and checking out local shops, eateries, and heritage homes. A Taste of Austin takes groups towards downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, where they explore the city's iconic landmarks and the terrain of the prairie and hill country that contain them. Tours vary according to guests' preferences, and can be customized according to preferred duration, pace, and route.
Whether it's to dislodge locals from a rut or give tourists a taste of adventure, Austin Detours leads groups on themed outings that highlight the best Austin has to offer. More than a dozen tours cater to clients of all stripes, from the Cuppa Joe tour for coffee lovers to the Boot Stompin honky tonk tour for anyone who owns boots. All ages are welcome and tours can last anywhere from a half-day to a full-day.
Sometimes it's not the price of a piece of art that makes it valuable, so much as the sentiment attached to it. Nobody knows this better than the team of framers at Fastframe, who've designed custom frames for everything from children's artwork to signed sports equipment and everything in-between. With a staff that includes two certified picture framers and a stock that includes 3D shadow boxes as well as museum-quality mats and moldings, the shop is well equipped to handle any framing need, whether you're looking to protect a piece of fine art from acid and UV-damage or simply want to show off a nearly complete crossword puzzle in a decorative frame. What's more, Fastframe backs all of its work with a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and a 30-day guarantee on design, to ensure your prized possessions are preserved to your satisfaction.