Adams Gifts & Home Décor unlocks a treasure chest of gift-worthy candles, lamps, and fragrances. Light up a loved one's dark secrets with a Texas-made 15-ounce comfort candle, which shoves the olfactory system into overdrive with more than 40 fragrances, including pumpkin bread, apple strudel, mint julep, and citrus grove ($18). When filled with the proper ambrosial liquid, the Essential Clear Round Lamp crushes odor armies and purifies every whiff that's taken ($42.95, fragrance oil not included). Lampe Berger Oil keeps your lamp burning long into the future with a choice of more than 40 air flavors, such as summer rain, winterwood, fresh eucalyptus, and Atlantic tides ($18.95).
Berroco. Skacel. Louet. These aren't the members of a European pop trio. Rather, they're just three of the many yarn suppliers that Needle Arts of Georgetown carries. And the shop doesn't just carry the goods of various suppliers?it also makes use of them, even knitting helmet liners for troops overseas. Shoppers can get in on the activities, taking classes to learn how to create sweaters, scarves, and felt bags. They can also peruse the ample supplies of yarn for specific textures and colors for their projects.
The Escape’s shelves are loaded with a multitude of gifts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, and handmade pieces that cater to the full spectrum of shopper personalities. Consider gifts for $25 or under, such as a stamp collector made of cherry wood ($19) or longhorn coaster made of slate ($8 each), or sort through a collection of nightlights to find a stylish solution to your nyctophobia. Prepare for next Valentine's Day by checking the jewelry section and surprising your sweetie with a pewter horny-toad pin, which can also double as a pet if you’re allergic to pets ($12). Visitors unaware of their fated purchase can ask a friendly staff member for help or wander the aisles searching for ways to enhance kitchens, desks, the outdoors, and more.
Signature service: Custom picture framing
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: We custom make frames on the premises.
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Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Clients have family heirlooms and memorabilia that mean the world to them. We preserve them and turn them into amazing art pieces for them to enjoy all the time.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We try to exceed expectations by providing design options that give their artwork the wow factor when it is on the wall.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The enormous range of possibilities that there are for a client to choose from. We help narrow down the options to make sure they are not overwhelmed.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We can frame almost anything, from knives and guns and swords to kimonos and scarves and fans. [We also frame] sports and military memorabilia, as well as family portraits and works of art. We provide expert advice and guaranteed craftsmanship.
When Felicity Coltman founded it in 1981, the Austin Chamber Music Center's goal was simpler than it is today, yet still ambitious: to create a summer chamber-music workshop for teens. Since then, not only have many alumni gone on to become professional musicians, but the center has expanded into an outreach organization whose concerts and instruction brings chamber music to Austin ears, instruments, and hearts. Adults of similar skill levels gather into small chamber-music groups, whereas youngsters meet with instructors on weekends, during the summer, or in school. Just two years after its founding, the center sent students on two European voyages and hosted musicians from Salzburg, starting an international exchange program that continues today.
In 1988, a unique performance series took form with the center’s Intimate Concerts, which take place in private homes so that audiences can experience the music in a personal way and help their cats learn to read sheet music. Led by artistic director Michelle Schumann the center now holds year-round concerts for a variety of musical tastes, with all programs including live program notes.
Over the last decade, Legendary Beads has sprouted from its humble beginnings—a small storefront with seed beads in terra-cotta pots—into a jewelry-making hub in the midst of a shopping center. Though their digs are much larger, the staff prides themselves on preserving the laid-back South Austin vibe that they cultivated at their original location. The shop glimmers with more than 50 types of beads, stones, pearls, and gems—from amber and coral to jade—which are color-coded and exhibited on easy-to-shop displays. The inventory continues to grow as the staffers bring in the latest beading trends in addition to specific stones and gems requested by their clients. Fostering a sense of community, they welcome guests to have a seat at their beading table to ask questions about certain bead styles, jewelry-making techniques, and which beads taste best with barbecue sauce.
To facilitate jewelry making, they stock chains and tools, such as wire cutters and round-nose pliers, and a certified gemologist leads a jewelry-making and design class, limiting attendance to five students to ensure personalized instruction.