Tina Dowton's love of fashion began in childhood, when she would create her own unique looks for her dolls. As she grew up, she expanded into the human realm, attending fashion shows and immersing herself in the culture of the well-dressed. Eventually she opened The Diva's Closet, a consignment boutique offering designer clothing for those who want to be fashion forward without breaking the bank. Here you'll find apparel and accessories from designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Prada, and others?but never knockoffs or replicas. Dowton's happy to offer her expert advice to clients on how to expand their wardrobes chicly and affordably.
A licensed irrigator and landscaping professional, Michael Padilla is an expert at cultivating the kinds of plants and flowers that flourish in Texas’s sometimes unforgiving climate. At MBP Nursery and Landscaping, Michael and his staff help connect homeowners with towering palm trees, fruit trees, succulents, and cacti that possess special drought tolerance. Along with resilient flora, Michael and his crew complement homes with custom stonework and install irrigation solutions. Come winter, the staff also totes Christmas trees to living spaces, helping to set them up and then carry them away in January before branches start angling for Valentine's Day gifts.
For stylist Nanci Griffin, color is a passion. At Maison de Beaute, she combines her enthusiasm with training and years of experience to transform ‘dos with color, styling, and texturizing treatments, which can be preceded by a complimentary consultation. Her cuts for men and women can be finished in an hour or less, and 15-minute bang trims are performed free of charge.
Diana Guerra, the owner and practicing aesthetician at Skinnovation, believes that corrective services should be as comfortable as they are aesthetically rewarding. So it?s a good thing that she performs every service herself. That way, treatments such as the Double Infusion Lightening Facial not only renew the skin with advanced Rhonda Allison Skincare products but soothe the client that lives behind the googly eyes. Ultimate comfort even plays a role in waxing, as Diana uses Cirepil depilatory products to minimize irritation.
A recent addition to the Austin community, X-Treme Tan pairs its bronzing services with a mission to educate locals on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. An array of tanning beds ranging from levels 1–5 are available to guests and geared toward various skin types and goals. The Level 5 Matrix basks bodies in the maximum 33,00 watts of of sun-imitating power and is the only machine of its kind in the area. Each bed and stand-up pod graces torsos and limbs with color in sessions that last 20 minutes or less. For those who prefer to stay vertical, a Level 4 Quantum standup booth shades skin in 10 minutes with a fleet of 51 refractor bulbs. Light-shy folk and Greta Garbo impersonators will favor custom spray tans. The formulas by Norvell Skin Solutions offer clients a choice of different shades to match their skin's undertone and are applied by Cedar Park's only Norvell-certified airbrush technicians. X-Treme Tan has won a number of accolades, being described as "best of the best" by HillCountryNews.com, and "Best of ATX" by K.V.U.E. News..
Some people say that only diamonds last forever, but much like Twinkies in a vacuum-sealed bag, Samuels Jewelers is giving the sparklers some stiff competition. Soon after it was established on Market Street in San Francisco in 1891, the store earned itself the nickname "the house of lucky wedding rings"?legend said that if a couple married with one of Albert Samuels' rings, they would be married for all time.
But it wasn't just this legend that set Albert apart, it was his old-fashioned decency and stellar customer service. According to one story, when Albert discovered that one of his clients had been accidentally charged for a repair job, he did whatever he could to rectify the mistake. Because he didn't know her name, he resorted to taking out an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle to apologize and ask her to come back to pick up her dollar. Today, Samuels Jewelers may have various stores across the country, but it aims to stay true to those same values.