Gourmet Body Treats’ beauty products are made from all natural, fair-trade ingredients, making them as friendly to the earth as they are to the body. Lather up with the organic coffee soap, a dense square of vegan, nontoxic oils infused with ground coffee and raw chocolate for extra antioxidants and a skin-loving lift ($10.50). Tress-tenders and yetis in need of pampering can lather hair with the vanilla-mint shampoo, a fragrant concoction bubbling with rosemary, nettle, peppermint, and yucca and packed with proteins to moisturize stressed strands ($24.00 for 8 ounces). For a finishing touch, slick on liquid eyeliner, a mixture free of synthetic preservatives or colors, complete with organic sunflower oil and vitamin B5 to smoothly highlight sultry eyes or quickly doodle on lightweight reading glasses ($13.99).
As one of the premier teeth whitening lounges in the region, DaVinci of South Texas tasks itself with keeping teeth gleaming white with its proprietary teeth-whitening system in a serene atmosphere. The peroxide gel works its magic over the course of two 20-minute sessions, each extracting a progressively deeper set of stains and remnants from layer cakes. Aside from its whitening properties, the gel boasts a mineral-rich formula that fortifies dental enamel.
"Funky" isn't a word typically associated with hardware stores, but that's exactly how Amy and David Doyle describe Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware. Upon opening the place in 1995, the pair envisioned a one-stop hardware and home-improvement haven that shook off the sawdust and embraced the unconventional in ways that didn't include slapping googly eyes on every two-by-four. That's why the San Antonio Express-News' $hopGirl can cite a unique selection of Curly Girl wall hangings, hooded towels, and Texas cookbooks beside traditional tools and housewares sourced from Ace Hardware. An epic spread of Benjamin Moore paints and Breville kitchen products create an ocular feast for fixer-uppers as handcrafted soaps and fragrant candles ignite olfactory senses. Seasoned staffers roam the aisles, touting talents that include knife sharpening, key cutting, and lamp repair in addition to several other services.
After more than a quarter-century of doing business, Diamondscape has landscaping down to a science. The certified landscape professionals engage with clients through a three-step service cycle—consultation, then design and installation—that has reliably produced beautiful yards and proud homeowners. Much weight is put upon the consultation, wherein a company representative identifies the clients' visual tastes and reviews the intended uses for the space. The resulting design decisions are sure to incorporate the seven-part Xeriscape approach to water conservation, which takes into account such considerations as efficient irrigation, mulch use, soil improvement, and plant selection.