Campus Collection outfits dorm rooms, man caves, and unmarked vans with spirit-boosting gifts and apparel from the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and other regional colleges. The shop’s walls and shelves overflow with logoed tees, jackets, and jerseys. It also adorns homes in alma mater memorabilia with team trash cans, wall clings, decorative street signs, LED scoreboard clocks, and seasonal items such as logo-emblazoned pumpkins.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.
Pepito's Mexican Restaurante Y Cantina's congenial atmosphere sets the stage for a presentation of classic Mexican cuisine. Shrink a Texas-sized appetite into a Texas-on-a-map-sized appetite with meals such as stir-fry ($9.99) or carne asada ($9.99)—equipped with classic steak flavors. Culinary porters deliver enchilada plates ($8.99)—tortilla trios filled with succulent meats such as chicken topped with red sauce, sour cream sauce, or green tomatillo sauce—alongside rice and beans. Diners can also happen upon live music if they come in at the right time or Shakespearian tragedies if they act out Shakespearian tragedies. The eatery’s tables support the hearty fare with a vibrant blue tile scheme surrounded by wood trim, and a terracotta tile roof shields patrons from the solar system’s largest star on their way through the door.
Designer fashions and elegant accouterments drape the boutique interior at Drest by Scott Malouf. An attentive staff imparts its extensive fashion knowledge amid a nouveau variety of vesture from designers including Zoa, Vivek, Nagrani, and Splendid ($40–$150 for apparel), as well an assortment of accessories to ice ensembles without the melting mess of popsicle earrings ($40+). Adorn a wardrobe with posh pieces from BCBG, Diane von Furstenburg, and Max Mara, and tootsies trot confidently in stylishly comfortable shoes from lines such as Corso Como and Michael Kors. This Groupon can also be used toward the purchase of higher-end apparel for daily wear or to catch the eye of an eligible prince at the weekly royal hoedown.
Elissa Loynes took the reins of Ribbons and Bows in 2012 from former owner Ashley Sinclair, and she hasn't looked back since. The intrepid young retail pro keeps the boutique stocked with fine underthings, from embroidered mesh-underwear sets to silk robes to bridal lingerie that sets the mood better than a pizza covered in heart-shaped pepperonis. Elissa takes many of her cues from Ashley, who originally built Ribbons and Bows as a place for brides-to-be to register their lingerie selections.