One might feel compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance upon entering All American Cafe, whose exposed brick walls are strewn with stars to represent the United States. Of those 50 states, the café’s menu draws most heavily on the proud state of Texas. Sunlight filters in through large windows to illuminate fuchsia tablecloths lined with fried and grilled fish fillets, pork chops, and aged Angus steaks served alongside fried okra and mashed potatoes. After two-handing a juicy half-pound burger, diners can question servers about the all-day breakfast offerings or ask for a napkin made from an authentic piece of the Declaration of Independence.
"You have a dying cell phone in your hand right now as you read this." That line from the Battery on the Go website gets straight to the point of the issue all cell phone owners deal with at one time or another. The company's staff of admitted gadget lovers doesn't ever want their clients to be in a position where they can't navigate an adventure, capture a moment, or contact a friend because their smartphone died. As such, their signature product, the PowerBar, is a portable battery charger that can power an iPhone 5 from one to eleven times on a single charge, depending on the model. The lightweight, aluminum design can also charge tablets and its USB capabilities allow it to be charged by computers or USB-compatible wall plugs.
Whether kids are gunning for an overstuffed trophy case, or just looking to tumble around on professional-grade equipment, Empire Gymnastics Academy has them covered. Regardless of the skill level, the gym uses tumbling as a way to inspire children while building confidence and self-discipline. The 25,000-square-foot facility hosts engaging classes for boys and girls along with one-on-one sessions. Spring floors, in-ground trampolines, and a tumbling track all let kids go bananas, all while refining their acrobatic skills and Robin impersonations.
Karen isn't just someone likes to take care of dogs. She's a bona fide pet stylist, drawing from her experience as a groomer and vet technician to make sure dogs and cats both look and feel their best. After picking up their animals from Karen's Chic Tails Pet Boutique & Spa, owners can take pride knowing that their furry friends have been well cared for and spruced up with a bath, grooming, or pawdicure.
Joe Naquin, namesake of Joe's Piano Lessons, has witnessed firsthand the healing effects of music. He's taught students with ADD, physical disabilities, and even partial deafness how to tickle the ivories. And he's seen the way this form of self-expression can liberate them. Of course, his 30-minute piano lessons welcome any student willing to learn. He teaches everything from classical music to gospel and pop.
Most Popular Service: Handcrafted clutch purses
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Material Used: A Variety of leather materials
Pro Tip: Bring your own bottle of wine, cupcakes, etc.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Come in with an open mind; don't get intimidated by the process of designing a quality custom handbag. During the process of a Build-A-Bag Mixer, each guest will do the basics of designing a clutch and our professional sewers will actually sew the bags using industrial sewing machines. It's simple yet a fun experience with friends.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I've always had a passion for fashion and creative arts. I began producing leather handbags in 2011, and it immediately became therapeutic for me after losing my job of 10 years in corporate America and as a single mother. As I began to make new pieces, I would post them on Facebook and immediately they would sell. My therapy turned into revenue and now I'm able to add a twist to handbag making so that others can enjoy with friends.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Just come have fun and leave with a beautiful handbag that you will remember because you designed it with your best friends.