PADI instructor Bob Henry dove in the Caribbean, South America, and other tropical locales, but he always returned to his home base—B & W Dive Co., a scuba shop he founded in 1991. Since the ‘90s, his children Amber and Warren have taken the reins, carrying on their dad’s legacy by organizing dive trips and helping students earn their PADI certifications. The shop’s classes cover topics beyond open-water diving, though; they can introduce pupils to scuba basics, such as breathing underwater without trading in their ability to breathe on land, or focus on snorkeling and swimming. Visitors can also outfit themselves for solo underwater journeys with dependable aquatic gear, culled from makers such as Oceanic, Tusa, and Sealife.
For more than nine years, V's Brides & More has helped plan weddings that are a joy for the couple and their guests, too. Event coordinator Ann "V" Davis engages clients, involving them in fun activities such as sampling cake and tasting champagne. She handles planning at every step, interacting with vendors and creating itineraries that take the guesswork out of the big day.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
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Owner George Poe leads the way for Fairmont Jewelry's team of expert craftsfolk and appraisers as they refinish heirlooms and curate a collection of Rolex watches, engagement rings, and diamonds. The skilled jewelers can handcraft custom-made rings and necklaces, or renew family treasures with ultrasonic scrubbing and stone-tightening to undo damage caused by time spent in a dragon's hoard. In-house gold buyers turn old coin collections and class rings into cash, and diamond specialists show off precious gems in a variety of shapes, sizes, and cuts.
Clean By Design's professional cleaners scour the greater Houston area's residential messes with comprehensive cleaning services. During each two-hour session, cleaners stage a coup on grime, ridding homes of dust and cobwebs, vacuuming carpets, and wiping down the secret passage doors that lead to barracks filled with replacement butlers. Once bathroom tubs, showers, and latrines have been sanitized, cleaners progress into kitchens, where they scrub the outsides of appliances and the ice-cream stains inside microwaves. All countertops, kitchen-cabinet facings, and glass surfaces sparkle as cleaning crews drive off into the sunset, never to return until two weeks later to maintain the homes of guests who opted for three or five cleaning sessions. Clean By Design will not use bleach to clean any surface unless specifically requested, in which case the bleach must be supplied.