Cartwheels -The Bead Shop's savvy staff strings Texas bead fans together with an array of beads and beading supplies. Every surface of the shop’s showroom drips with decorative orbs, arranged by color, type, and level of self-awareness. Create ornaments for extremities with a selection of seed beads, such as a bright pink drop bead ($5.20) or a perky yellow twist bugle bead ($4.80). A panoply of strand beads trigger impromptu Mardi Gras celebrations, while the resident bead-whisperers’ own designs drape the walls in a kaleidoscopic curtain of necklaces, bracelets, and pendants ($5–$15).
Ella Blue's funky light-green façade and purple awning beckon discerning fashionistas within to survey its trendy apparel, ranging from casual to cocktail, and accessories. The store curators search under fashion runways and deep within celebrity closets for new designs on an ongoing basis, putting together such outfits as the ‘70s-style stunner replete with a fringed beige vest ($58) and wide-legged zigzag-patterned pants ($68). Add sparkly necklaces ($16–$35) to eclectic tops ($28–$42) and jeans ($38–$228) and then treat feet to the shoe lineup, which includes fire-engine red and leopard-print heels ($38), multihued flats ($21–$34), and cowboy pumps.
Top trainers Brent Currie and Ken Tollett share a record of heroic, athletic service as firefighter and police officer respectively. The duty-bound duo use the elite CrossFit system to prepare for the demands of crime-fighting, firefighting, and teaming up to fight fire smugglers. After embracing the CrossFit credo, Currie and Tollett joined forces to teach Texans of all fitness levels how to tame the 11-headed fitness fiend of cardio, respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. CrossFit avoids the pratfalls of repetitive practices with an ever-varying workout of the day that keeps routines from becoming routine while encouraging progressive growth scalable to skill. This program is excellent for committed beginners, and because efficacy is emphasized over ease, enlisted exercisers will soon find their cores well-hardened.
Staffed by two certified master florists, An Empty Vase delivers artfully arranged blooms that stay fresh for days. Floral fanatics can order bunches of buds to match any occasion; the cheerful Basket of Sunshine brandishes bright yellow cremones and carnations, perfect for decorating a springtime soiree ($39.99), and the Beer Mug of Blooms features mini white carnations disguised as an overflowing stein of beer, ideal for adorning masquerade-ball sport-watching parties ($29.99). Romantics can use this Groupon toward larger floral investments, such as a classic bundle of one dozen red roses ($59.99) or an extravagant four dozen long-stem red roses ($209.99), which allow buyers to profess true love for their special someone or admit to a growing obsession with the color red.
Inside the capacious confines of Calamity Jane's Trading Company, owner and designer Shawn Beach has amassed an eclectic, handpicked selection of upscale home furnishings from across the globe. Featuring rugged-yet-elegant pieces, the worldly blend of accessories allows patrons to corral exotic treasures such as an iron flower candleholder ($15.95) or jeweled picture frame ($34.95). Iron napkin holders that tote stylish glass orbs ($14.95) impress dinner guests that moonlight as wizards, and succulent plants ($6.95 each) add splashes of green to bleak abodes.
Cutie BOW Tooty was born 5 years ago when owner, Mandy, couldn't find the accessories she wanted for her daughter, so she started creating them herself. Now with a full line of custom clothing & accessories, she hopes that you won't ever have that problem.