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.
A kaleidoscope of colors and patterns bewilders shoppers as they enter either of Quilter’s Stash's two locations. Some confused patrons report having found the end of the rainbow, but they are really seeing more than 15,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabrics by Marcus, Henry Glass, and other top designers. Staff members wait at attention to direct customers to the latest threads and patterns, and a few on-hand wizards can resuscitate a range of sewing machines from different brands. The crafty gurus are also enthusiastic about leading quilting and sewing classes that cater to students of all levels, and the shop's shelves are stocked with how-to books that facilitate at-home learning.
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.
At My Salsa Dance Studio, professional dancer Kane pairs students off and gives hands-on instruction in some of Latin dance's hottest genres. Under Kane's wing, dancers, like sequined tortilla chips, pick up plenty of salsa, but they can also enroll in bachata and Argentine tango. There are also fitness classes, such as salsa fitness and Zumba, which use the art form of dance as a means of burning calories. There are two ways to work with Kane: attend one of his organized group classes, or enlist the help of his mobile service and have him teach at an off-site party or event.