Co-owners Kirk and Julie Leavell set out to make Wild Basin Fitness the antithesis of impersonal chain gyms. They're dedicated to fostering a comfortable and welcoming environment, where all of their clients feel like they can reach out for training advice and a personal connection. They have even let their exercisers determine the operating hours, class schedules, and instructor hairstyles at their two gym locations. Their team of experienced trainers subscribe to this personalized ideology during their custom personal-training sessions and in the more than 100 monthly fitness classes that accommodate an array of fitness interests such as yoga, boot camp, Pilates, Zumba, spin, and exercise programs for kids. Further beautifying bodies, patrons can lavish themselves at the spa, or make their beach-ready bod glow with tanning services.
A finger-licking land of savory bites, Uncle Billy’s boasts a menu loaded with slow cooked barbecued meats, including brisket, ribs, jalepeno cheese sausage, turkey and burgers, as well as light, contrasting salads. Though your Groupon isn't valid toward alcohol, Uncle Billy’s imprimatur remains home to handcrafted creations from brewers Amos Lowe and Brian Peters, who happily pour in-house beers alongside a rotating tap of favorites from breweries throughout Texas. Live music lights up the weekend nighttime air, and a liberal, dogs-welcome policy at the Barton Springs location keeps the outdoor patio cozy on sunny afternoons.
One lazy Saturday morning, 12 friends got together to turn it into a day filled with lighthearted competition and teamwork. That's when Club Mojo was born. Three years later, friends and strangers alike travel from all over the area to win prizes and make friends during social events such as singles mixes and dad get-togethers. Brain-tickling scavenger hunts send teams from around the area, requiring them to unravel clues that would stump even the cleverest TV dog detective. But you won't have to socialize or solve riddles on an empty stomach because sampling food at different restaurants is part of the hunt.
Sating the creative yens of confectionery Picassos across the country, Chocbite allows dessert-design hounds to control their culinary destinies by inventing their own custom candy bars (starting at $10 each). Sugar sculptors flock to Chocbite's online studio, plotting out mouthwatering meal endings built upon their choice of a bittersweet-dark, semisweet-dark, milk, or white-chocolate base. Next, bar builders will bolster their creations with a choice of up to five toppings culled from a toothsome roster of more than 120, helpfully arranged into categories such as sweet, savory, nut, and un-vegetable. Give gourmet gullets an island-inspired reward by dotting a Chocmilk bar with dried banana chips, pineapple, and macadamia nuts ($11.91); escape to Thailand from the comfort of the couch with a curry, chili, and sriracha-infused Chocdark bar ($12.44); or recapture the bittersweet nostalgia of the Halloween St. Patrick successfully drove the trick-or-treaters out of Ireland by munching a Chocblack bar laden with candy corn, Pop Rocks, candy shamrocks, and mini M&Ms ($14.38).
As passionate runners themselves, Steven and Gina Bernhardt operate Capital City Running in an effort to supply fellow enthusiasts with whatever they may need, from sound advice to stylish accessories. The duo takes footwear very seriously, and helps runners get the most out of their stride with a fitting process that takes into account elements such as support, terrain, and gait. With the right shoes in hand—or, more reasonably, on feet—customers can build their running regime from the ground up with performance running socks, cold-weather running gear, and essential accessories such as water bottle belts and sunglasses.
Sail & Ski Center's amiable staff of sports enthusiasts and shipwrights keep outdoor voyagers plying the waves and skimming down mountainsides with boat-maintenance services and an array of watersport and snow-sport accouterments. Like snagging an entire tray of cheese samples, the vast emporium of snowboards, skis, and wakeboards allows visitors to try out wares before they buy, sending thrill-seekers sailing over seas and snowdrifts atop such brand names as Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Saloman, and Mission 7. The talented servicefolk at Sail & Ski Center also sell, repair, and refurbish a broad spectrum of watercrafts, including yachts, jet skis, motorboats, and rocket-powered dinghies.