The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
Zoë's Boutique stocks apparel by brands such as Gypsy Junkies, Lucca Couture, and Vintage Havana at two locations. Shoppers can also find handmade jewelry and Minnetonka boots embellished with beading or leather fringe. The shop's 401 East Texas Street location also carries men's apparel: flannel shirts, skinny jeans, and Saints T-shirts are just a few options.
Pretty Cosmetics' pro powderbrushers provide custom makeup applications and mug makeovers using an arsenal of more than 15 high-end makeup brands. Choose between a standard or airbrush application to achieve a glamorous look for an upcoming prom, high school reunion, or coronation ball. During the standard application, a talented painter will apply a carefully selected palette of powder, lipstick, and liner hues before sending you out the door with a new layer of natural-looking face that complements your skin tone and accentuates your best features. The airbrush application also brightens visages, but utilizes a custom-airbrush foundation to create a smooth, flawless finish that's pretty enough to stop the heart of a charging musk ox.
The design consultants at Henson's Lighting stock their showroom with fixtures that illuminate a home both inside and out. Cast warm glows into dim corners of the room with the help of a double-glassed wall sconce ($93.06), or grant modesty to three unclothed bulbs with a mini chandelier's ($90.99) amber glass shades. The decorative, boxy casing around an outdoor sconce ($110.92) also adds a touch of class to late-night games of Pin the Tail on the Garage.
At Off Limits Paintball, combatants pelt one another with vivid hues as trained officials preside over a 12-field, 50-acre expanse. Before taking the field, competitors outfit themselves with an included mask, gun, CO2, 100 paintballs, and a brief lesson in abstract expressionist tech-niques. Game sessions rotate across fields, with areas including a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility, the tubular barricades of Pipe Dreams, and the privately designed, 007-approved Thunderball. Fresh water on every field keeps trigger ticklers hydrated, while complimentary dressing rooms and showers help wash away remnants of paint and shame from playing dead all day. Fuel up at the course’s concession stand with pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, and beverages, then defeat opponents by exe-cuting a surprise midmeal combat roll. Off Limits is a field-paint-only facility, and customers can purchase extra paint ($5 for 100; $20 for 500) on-site.
Go Greek's spankin' new location parades all points of pride across a wealth of college-centric textiles, which can be customized with embroidered fraternity, sorority, and school logos. On average, embroidery services cost $15 in addition to the price of the item getting customized, and prices vary depending on size and surface. Declare team spirit while collecting sand dollars with an embroidered beach bag ($19+) or doze on a decorated pillowcase that displays sentimental Greek letters or the falafel of your dreams ($12.95). Spirit shirts send a message with bright and festive designs, allowing wearers to show school loyalty to every passing rival ($24+). Tanning salons can intertwine their logos onto a towel wrap ($40–45) to threaten the sun, and teams, businesses and clubs can advertise their distinction on matching hats ($17.95).