Austin Shoe Hospital's expert menders have repaired men's and women's shoes and boots since 1906. Old, comfortable footwear gains renewed life at the shop with replaced heels and soles, saving patrons from outfitting old pumps with cardboard-box bottoms. Additionally, the cobblers skillfully repair luggage, handbags, belts, and briefcases with services ranging from zipper replacement to full dyeing and reconditioning.
Cedar Park Jewelry owner George Poe has worked with fine jewelry for more than 30 years. He and his team of skilled jewelers craft custom pieces at his shop, located in the Railyard shopping center. They also meticulously perform services that range from resetting gems in rings to repairing watches for white rabbits that are late for very important dates. An aquarium and comfortable seating lend the shop a pleasant, inviting ambiance.
Scattered across the globe like so many building blocks in the playpen of a toddler architect-to-be, Gymboree Play and Music provides wee ones up to five years old with a safe place for enriching, educational play. At more than 500 facilities across 30 countries, grown-ups come along to observe art, music, and sports classes for toddlers up to five years old, as well as their signature Play and Learn sessions.
Outfitted with a movie theater, playhouse, video games, and air hockey, Adventure Kids Playcare's daycare center boasts plenty of distractions for kids of all ages. CPR- and first-aid-certified supervisors ensure that play is safe and fair, and also engage kids with scheduled story time and group activities. Separate rooms for infants and toddlers keep youngsters at a safe distance from their elders, who are particularly vulnerable to the powerful x-rays that babies emit while teething.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight and learning to live a healthier lifestyle. Effective regimens hinge upon a combination of medical insight, professional guidance and encouragement, and continuing education. Above all else, real-life change stems from a steadfast commitment to making changes and adjustments. All of these factors are taken into account by the professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers, who use the most current understanding of weight-loss techniques to design personalized programs that complement individual needs and goals.
Going beyond traditional BMI measurements, the centers' technicians use Biospace InBody technology to obtain a detailed assessment of body composition, including muscle mass, body-fat percentage, water balance, and muscular development throughout the torso and limbs. Based on these data, the staff members are able to design a program that emphasizes the importance of a proper diet. These programs typically involve recommendations from the 70 available physician-developed meals, which are easy-to-prepare dishes that feature balanced servings of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll.
The meal regimens also aim to alter eating habits by encouraging clients to eat smaller portions at regular times throughout the day, controlling the cravings that can lead to overeating. Throughout each program, professional counselors will routinely meet with clients to ensure that they remain motivated and on-course.
An unassuming white-concrete façade belies the explosion of color and giggling contained within The Big Bounce’s 12,000-square-foot building. After stashing shoes and tricycle locks in provided cubbies, tykes sprint toward the bouncy steam engine and fire truck, or shoot through tubes and slides that wind through the two-story playground.
In addition to catering to kids, The Big Bounce's overseers strive to create an oasis for harried parents. The café’s plush benches and tables rest weary feet as parents supervise their protégés alongside first-aid- and CPR-certified staff. Additionally, on Friday nights until 10 p.m., The Big Bounce hosts a Parent's Night Out party, regaling kids with Wii games, movies, and unlimited bouncing.