Father-and-son team Robert and Fred Lee worked as homebuilders for years before going into business selling lights in 1965, so they knew how quickly something impressive could rise from a humble foundation. Sure enough, Lee Lighting, their small family company, grew to include a vast online retail shop and one of the largest lighting dealers in Texas. They've even purchased Savoy, a company that designs fixtures to bring cheer to dining rooms and make rooms full of ventriloquist dummies less terrifying.
Lee Lighting stocks shelves with a diverse selection of indoor lamps from brands including ELK Lighting, Quoizel, and Hudson Valley. Staffers certified by the American Lighting Association move beneath the dazzling crystal sprays and faux candles of chandeliers. They suggest outdoor lighting to transform backyards into regal terraces. They also stay abreast of lighting trends to help patrons select lights that will stay in style.
The corporeal caretakers at Texas Beauty Institute thwart the façade-fading effects of aging and natural wear with an enlivening array of noninvasive, anti-aging solutions. The less jaded cousin of microdermabrasion, the Jet Clear peeling system eschews irksome microcrystals for the lush, hygienic surge of saline to help correct skin imperfections such as acne, scars, wrinkles, and grossly mislabeled temporary tattoos. A nourishing medley of collagen and elastin widen skin channels to sink deep into pores and usher in a refreshing flood of beneficial skin serums. Jet Clear's procedure begets a gleaming facial transformation without the irritating ruddiness and scratchy sensation of microdermabrasion. There is no downtime, and faces leave the beauty institute with hydrated skin that's smoother than Barry White's pet dolphin.
The accommodating staff at Sunflower Shoppe helps guide visitors to healthier lifestyles with expert advice and an expansive collection of vitamins, supplements, and natural foodstuffs. Shoppers can boost circulatory systems with celery-seed extract from Natural Factors ($19.95), imbibe protein with Power Crunch protein energy bars ($1.39), and cleanse palates with Crazy Water natural mineral water ($4.49). Lily of the Desert styling spray ($8.69) enables coiffures to stand tall with organic ingredients, and Hyland's leg-cramps ointment ($9.19) soothes hard-working gams tuckered out from running marathons or sitting too long in the same position while watching marathons. Sunflower Shoppe's array of natural, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian grocery items range from condiments and snacks to fresh and frozen foods.
The Heavenly Sleep Shoppe ensures satisfying slumber with a copious selection of mattresses, beds, and accessories. Dark-circled eyes can delight in the sight of an assortment of pillows ($12.95–$99) ideal for supporting catnapping craniums in style, and 1,500-thread-count sheets ($79.95) whisper silky promises of nighttime comfort. Not unlike searching for pliant encyclopedia covers during study hall, clients peruse a stable of sleeping-surface options from Sealy, Simmons, and Tempurpedic and can opt to protect their soporific investments with waterproof mattress covers ($59.95). A vast array of day-bed and bunk-bed frames rounds out the selection, not to forget stylish futon covers dress up space-preserving folding frames and fun-preserving pontoon rafts.
Teeming with precisely organized lighting fixtures, Passion Lighting's 9,000-square-foot retail show room—a multiple-year finalist of Residential Lighting magazine’s Showroom of the Year award—is designed to demystify home lighting and interior design for the everyday customer. Owner Bruce Paul—one of only 125 ALA-certified lighting consultants in the nation—uses his years of illumination expertise to help customers solve their interior-design conundrums. In addition to his company’s website, Paul maintains the video blog LightingGourmet.com, where he doles out expert advice on household lighting strategies and irresistible video clips of kittens installing solar panels.
Somewhere in Oregon every November, a flatbed truck trundles down the lone dirt road past row upon row of fir trees. Every mile or so, one of a team of winter-weather lumberjacks jumps down from the cab of the truck and gets to work cutting and piling eight-foot firs. That's when a duo of choppers circles the man-made forest, air-lifting each tree and dropping them off near the truck where they're bundled and loaded for the long drive back to Texas.
For the Bell and Lane families, this annual excursion is a Christmas tradition. For 12 years, the two families have made the trek out to the Pacific Northwest. There, they set to work harvesting Douglas, Frasier, Grand, and Noble Firs in an effort to outfit homes with yuletide cheer and reduce the number of hiding places for D. B. Cooper.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: 7' - 8' Noble Fir Christmas Tree
Pro Tip: We will fresh cut the bottom of your tree. Please be sure to put it in water within 2 hours.