For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
At Active Beauty Solutions, shopkeepers are highly selective when it comes to inventory. In fact, they stock only three products: two varieties of lash extender and a brow booster, all by Code.ai. A brand lauded in the international press, including Nylon and Glamour, Code.ai sells paraben-free, hypoallergenic beauty products designed to deliver both immediate and long-term results. Their eyelash potions work to thicken and lengthen lashes, while the brow-booster aims to fill in and shape eyebrows without the need to glue on caterpillars.
Grasping hands constantly seek means of ascent as climbers scale the towering crags inside Exposure Rock Climbing's expansive gym. Route setters Kyle Clinkscales and Stan Borodyansky regularly put their USA Climbing certifications to good use, rearranging the colorful hand- and footholds that populate each wall to create fun and challenging routes that appeal to dedicated climbers and beginners alike.
The gym's experienced staff provides gravity-defying guidance during private lessons for climbers of all abilities and unlocks early interest in climbing with classes for juniors. The same savvy instructors have led Team Texas—Exposure Rock Climbing's competitive junior climbing team—to four USA Climbing national championships, including the 2012 title. The facility also hosts group and birthday-party packages and team-building programs for corporate workers, youth groups, and gravity deniers.
In addition to providing custom clubs for PGA professionals and celebrities alike, CompuGolf Center lets golfers flex their muscles at a natural turf driving range, a short-game area, and putting greens. At the driving range, the center’s covered hitting stations keep the sun off swingers’ necks as they convince their golf balls to stop interfering with spin. After demolishing a bucket of range balls, golfers work on their short game at the pitching greens and hone their endgame at the putting greens. Finally, they head to the practice bunkers, pull out their sand wedges, and bring their favorite childhood arcade game to life by petting prairie dogs on the head. Those who need help eliminating slice or want to finesse their putting technique can schedule lessons with the center’s experienced instructors.
The instructors at Core Group Fitness understand that getting buff doesn't happen by simply visiting the gym; rather, they see it as a process inextricably linked to camaraderie and community. This team-based approach comes out in their group classes and boot camps, where cohorts of exercises grunt their way through TRX suspension training or build lean muscle and improve flexibility with functional workout regimens. They pair strength training with cardio work during their interval training sessions, which torch fat thanks to metabolism-boosting exercises. In addition to group classes, instructors also build rapports with individual students during personal training sessions, helping clients prep for their first marathon or last street fight with the meter man.
The staff at CSD Sports Framing & Memorabilia routinely preserve high-value artifacts behind glass—from Emmitt Smith's Dancing with the Stars outfit to a piece of the floor from Michael Jordan's last game—but that's not the only thing that sets this framing store apart. The framers here handcraft nearly every aspect their projects in-house, including the frame, mounts, and custom engravings.
Although the framing of art and memorabilia is their primary focus, the staff still traffics in the autographed merchandise that helped launch their business. Visitors to the shop can ogle a Hall of Fame football signed by the Dallas Cowboys and renew the Curse of the Bambino on a Red Sox World Series banner.