At Red Rogue Studio, photographers Julian Humphries and Amber McConnell unite old and new technology. They don't rely solely on digital cameras, also shooting with 35 mm and Polaroid instant film, which lends their photos an authentically vintage look. However, after their shoots, they retouch their images—which range in style from senior portraits to family photos to sultry boudoir shots—with high-end software, perfecting the photos by editing out any stray hairs, which were only fashionable in the 1980s.
As portraits slide out of Oh! Snap Photo Booths printer, they emerge bright, colorful, and often a little wacky. Photo booths capture cheerful moments and playful images, from friends posing together in goofy glasses to costumed youngsters acting out Wild West scenes to couples draped in feathery boas. The booths are accompanied by expert attendants, who assemble the easy-to-use touch-screens, professional lighting, and backdrops. Upon request, the accommodating staffers can supply subjects with whimsical props, custom backgrounds, and a spread of free "cheese".
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.
When Stewart Ramser published the first issue of Texas Music magazine in December 1999, it sold in two stores. These days, his quarterly publication has subscribers in all 50 states. On each colorful, glossy page, writers showcase the work of Texas musicians from across a wide variety of music, from renowned artists such as Lyle Lovett, Spoon, Bob Schneider, Willie Nelson, and Ghostland Observatory to rising talents. They keep readers further abreast with a calendar of music events from around the state and reviews of native Texans' latest albums. Along with new tunes, the magazine celebrates the history of Texas music with features ranging from an Armadillo World Headquarters retrospective to a ranking of the top 50 classic Texas songs.
Since 1983, Austin Mattress's staffers have utilized their in-depth knowledge of sleeping surfaces and the sleeping process to help curate a vast collection of top-quality mattresses. They assess patrons' unique sleep needs before making thoughtful recommendations from an immense inventory of mattresses from brands such as Restonic and Corsicana Bedding. Memory-foam, latex, and gel mattresses line the showroom alongside traditional innerspring varieties, and each one is forged from eco-friendly materials, such as natural latex, soy-based foam, and Rumpelstiltskin’s beard hair. To enhance the cushy slumbering surfaces, Austin Mattress' on-site sister store, Beds n Brass, proffers a fleet of elegant, wrought-iron and specialty bed frames from such brands as Wesley Allen and Old Biscayne Designs.