At Lone Star Trapeze Academy, nothing but air and a safety net fills the vast distance between you and the ground. Classes teach fledgling trapeze artists how to navigate that wide open space by flipping and somersaulting through the air. Experts lead these private and group classes for people of all skill levels, available to circophiles aged 6 and older. Students begin by jumping off a 25-foot platform, using bars and swings to maintain their altitude, in much the same way as early birds did. The instructors help with every step of the process, ensuring the utmost in safety by fixing everyone with a safety belt before each high-flying maneuver.
Canvas on Demand, backed by celebrity spokesperson Ty Pennington, transfers photos onto gallery-ready canvases. Different display options allow clients to divide one photo over three panels or group a series of photo canvases in one of 12 wall configurations. A pixel-painting option digitally modifies images, lending them the swirling texture of traditional oil paintings.
The desire to study abroad while at Texas A&M led Audrianne Doucet to topping fro-yo with Oreos and berries. While looking for a way to pay for a semester abroad, she decided to create Project: Yogurt after noticing the area was bereft of yogurt shops. With help from her family, Project: Yogurt opened in 2011, serving up build-your-own frozen-yogurt creations and smoothies. All flavors, which include birthday cake, cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added tahitian vanilla, are certified kosher and most are gluten- and cholesterol-free.
But Audrianne didn't just want to fund her own fun experiences—she knew good could come from Project: Yogurt's profits, and that there were several worthwhile causes that could use the money. Each quarter, Project: Yogurt partners with five local nonprofits and donates 10% of its profits to the charities; past partners have included Family Promise, Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, and Voices for Children. Additionally, six times a year, Project: Yogurt gives yogurt away for donations instead, and 100% of those donations go to the nonprofit partners.
With a number of hands-on activities tailored to kids up to 12 years old, The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley excites the brains of younglings with educational excursions into science, art, and more. Wee explorers embark on a mission of epic proportions by blasting off into exciting exhibits, such as the Spaceship and Control Center, where gravity-defying kids will feel at home exploring the black abyss. Future Mozarts get a taste for music in Sounds Around Town, where tiny head-bangers can learn how sounds are made and how sound waves travel. Precocious foodies and shopping fanatics can visit HEB Groceries and learn how to apply math and budgeting skills, ensuring there's always enough cash for a three-course meal of pixy stix, marshmallows, and chocolate-syrup-covered sugar packets .
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
It would be more than fair to say that Alfonso Gonzalez is of local renown?the owner and executive chef of La Riviera Restaurant won the Chef of the Year award from the Brazos Valley chapter of the Texas Chefs Association three years in a row, and he now reigns as their director.
With more than 30 years of experience, it's not surprising that Gonzalez uses only top-notch ingredients such as Angus beef, local produce, and fresh-caught seafood. He's also comfortable enough to dabble in an international lineup of culinary styles, stacking his menu with everything from chicken carbonara to Caribbean jerk tilapia, so named because it makes fun of other fish. The diversity of his food is matched by the wine list, which includes varietals from California, Oregon, and abroad.