When the local skate park shut down, Jackie Andrews decided to ensure that her son, Beau, would still have a safe, legal place to practice his favorite sport. According to a recent profile in 360 West magazine, Jackie understood the challenges she faced from city officials but simply would not take “no” for an answer. The tenacious single mother of two was no stranger to entrepreneurial feats—nearly two decades ago, with no retail experience, she opened Chelsea's Tea Room, which gradually expanded from a tiny room to a 3,000-square-foot boutique.
Still, Jackie reflects, “opening a skate park is not the easiest thing to do,” and when the time came to build The Pier Skatepark she leaned on the design expertise of San Diego–based skate-park designer Brent Kronmueller. Housed inside a hangar-sized warehouse, his eventual layout would try to capture the sensation of skating outside with touches such as decorative palm trees interspersed among the park’s collection of rails, ramps, ledges, and exasperated high-school principals.
Since opening, the park has attracted not only local skaters but celebrities such as Lil Wayne, who recently paid a special late-night visit. When they aren’t celebrity spotting, guests can earn physical-education credit for school, enhance their skills during five-day summer camps, and hold contests to determine who has the coolest trick or the stickiest grip tape.
Fort Worth Lighting is a commodious, fully appointed showroom brimming with indoor and outdoor lighting features and adornment for under-illuminated abodes. Tear new light holes into the fabric of the universe with ceiling lights, or trade in faded paper-doll garlands for new embellishments such as mirrors, clocks, and candle holders. An antique brass mini chandelier ($68.20) or chrome desk lamp ($55) dispel dreary indoor clouds, or commence home festoonification with an Orleans blackened gold and silver mirror ($63.80).
When Popeyes first opened in a New Orleans suburb in 1972, it wasn't exactly an instant hit. Known back then as Chicken on the Run, it experienced several months of lackluster sales. Not ready to give up, founder Alvin Copeland Sr. changed his recipe from traditional southern fried chicken to the native spicy New Orleans?style chicken. He then gave his eatery a similarly spicy new moniker: Popeyes, named after "Popeye" Doyle, the hardboiled detective in the hit movie The French Connection.
A little more than a decade later, the popular chain had opened its 500th restaurant, expanded to Canada, and added its fluffy buttermilk biscuits to the menu. It also introduced the country to crawfish, which?much like draping beads over everything from trees to the local alligator population?had been beloved by Louisianans for decades.
Nowadays, patrons can dig into the Louisiana favorites that made Popeyes famous, including breaded seafood, po' boys, and sides like mashed potatoes and red beans and rice. Of course, the main event is still spicy or mild chicken that marinates for 12 hours before being hand-battered, hand-breaded, and fried.
Since 1954, Ray's Pharmacy has provided customers with prescription medicine, vaccinations, and trademark service at each location. Their team of expert pharmacists specializes in compounding, which is the practice of formulating customized medicines based on each client’s unique physiology. The full-service pharmacy not only fills prescriptions, but also provides free health information, a variety of immunizations, and home delivery for all medications.
Depending on the location, customers can stop by the gift store to pick up items such as scented candles, greeting cards, and Western–style apparel. An appointment-only gun department also outfits gun racks with high-quality shooters from makers such as Glock, Colt, and Smith & Wesson. Additionally, the Mansfield location houses a Suzy Q’s Soda Fountain & Grill, hearkening back to the days when customers could enjoy delicious soda and banana splits at their local drugstore and quarters still had Chester A. Arthur’s face on them.
Bodacious Cones is really three things in one: a coffee shop, a smoothie bar, and a gourmet snow-cone emporium. For the young at heart, staffers blend together premium cream, cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more to create more than 100 flavors of its signature sweet cream treat, one for every hour of the day. For the young at heart, staffers blend together cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more with its signature sweet cream ?Chaa? to create more than 100 gourmet treats. The shop also brews a smooth and tasty blend of Kona coffee and serves the caffeine-packed beverage hot, iced, or as a frappe.
Amy, the licensed aesthetician behind The Perfect Lash, is a perfectionist by nature. She applies her attention to detail to her craft, meticulously enhancing clients' natural beauty with eyelash extensions tailored to the length and curl of their natural eyelashes and to the shape of their eyes and brows. Treatments range from a full set of Subtle Impact extensions, which cover 30% of natural eyelashes, to a Glam set of Maximum Impact extensions, which create a look similar to three or more coats of mascara. Amy maintains high standards of hygiene during every session.