While Glynn didn't invent the camera, that doesn't mean she won't invent it someday in a parallel universe wherein cameras have yet to be invented. Put her nurturing directorial skills and time-freezing talents to the test by having her coax natural smiles out of your newborn, soon-to-be mom, high-school senior, or entire family. You can also use your session to commemorate the joys of engagement, baby showers, or the promise of potential in a post-graduation smile. Glynn even offers boudoir sessions for the ladies who want their sexy preserved for all posterity.
Cobblestone 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.
Party Cat specializes in custom-printed invitations, stationery, party supplies, monogramming, and more. Have these experts of the printed letter put together colorful invitations for a children's birthday party ($1 per card and up) or a custom activity calendar ($29.50) to stay organized the old-fashioned way. With Father's Day a menacing, lidless eye on the horizon, have the celebratory felines put a custom design on some beverage koozies ($112 for 25), or have his hardworking initials monogrammed on a black-leather coffee-cup sleeve ($25) for simultaneous style and environmental responsibility. Whether prepping for an upcoming wedding, frantically sweating over last-minute gifts, or just incapable of remembering your own initials, custom-printed gifts from Party Cat will solve the problem at hand, claw, or paw.
When Felicity Coltman founded it in 1981, the Austin Chamber Music Center's goal was simpler than it is today, yet still ambitious: to create a summer chamber-music workshop for teens. Since then, not only have many alumni gone on to become professional musicians, but the center has expanded into an outreach organization whose concerts and instruction brings chamber music to Austin ears, instruments, and hearts. Adults of similar skill levels gather into small chamber-music groups, whereas youngsters meet with instructors on weekends, during the summer, or in school. Just two years after its founding, the center sent students on two European voyages and hosted musicians from Salzburg, starting an international exchange program that continues today.
In 1988, a unique performance series took form with the center’s Intimate Concerts, which take place in private homes so that audiences can experience the music in a personal way and help their cats learn to read sheet music. Led by artistic director Michelle Schumann the center now holds year-round concerts for a variety of musical tastes, with all programs including live program notes.
Every time a camera sees itself in the mirror, a nostalgic childhood photo disappears into the digital ether. Salvage a tangible human memory with today's deal. For $20, you get $50 worth of lab services at Precision Camera on Lamar Boulevard. This Groupon is applicable to any services, including prints, enlargements, greeting and business cards, DVD transfers, slide processing, and more. You can purchase up to two Groupons per person, and you'll get photo-lab store credit for any unused Groupon credit.
Everyone has a different vision of how their living space should look, which is why ART on 5th fills its three-level, 6,000-square-foot gallery with art to suit all tastes. Works by notable names such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Theodor Seuss Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—rub shoulders with rotating collections from some 60 lesser-known artists.
In addition to displaying fine paintings, ART on 5th offers custom-framing services, and backs each of its frames with a lifetime guarantee. The store’s artisans meticulously choose a flattering frame for each piece from more than 3,000 styles—helping artwork mesh stylistically with its destination, be it a living-room wall or an endless hall of mirrors. They eschew colored, paper mats in favor of neutral-toned, hand-wrapped linen mats, leaving some wiggle room between art and frame and imbuing each piece with richness and depth. Each frame is hung with kevlar, a bulletproof material that prevents damage caused by rusted hanging wires and showboating ’80s action-movie stars.