Brush Design was created in 2002 by the mother-daughter team Chrisann Goad and Ashley Thorne. More than 10 years later, the duo continues to work one-on-one with clients and dream up designs that revitalize walls. Depending on the job, they might paint a living room a solid color or decorate a child's room in wall-length murals that depict their favorite TV characters or Supreme Court justices.
Tell us about your business.
Health Coach Team's mission is to help women love who they are. To stop using food to feel good. To recognize and embrace their gifts.
What makes your business stand out?
Unlike diets or fad weight-loss products, Health Coach Team focuses on inner issues that create an unhealthy relationship with food. It's like weight loss from the inside out—changing what's happening on the inside can't help but change the outside.
What inspired you to start this business?
Women undervalue themselves. And they reach for food when they don't feel good about who they are. I've been down this road myself and would love to help other women love who they are.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I love it when a client has an "aha" moment, when they realize they have become a greater version of themselves, whether that's changing their relationship with food or accessing strength and power they didn't know they had.
For the mind behind Psychic Botanica, it's all in the family. A fifth-generation psychic, she focuses on helping people to find love, repair damaged relationships, and to leave unhappiness behind. Pulling from a toolbox stocked with tarot cards and crystals, she performs palm, psychic, and chakra readings, attempts to peer through the fog of history to uncover past lives, and works to break bad luck streaks, much to the relief of her client's fifth and final set of spare car keys.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
When Donna Davis Mixon's family has reunions, they don't mess around; the four- to seven-day-long affairs resemble a summer camp, with campfire cookouts, games, talent shows, and Christmas caroling. Donna and her parents sought to recreate this atmosphere when they founded MD Resort in 1999 on the grounds of a former emu and donkey ranch, where they converted the hay barn into a party house and installed a pool and luxurious main lodge. Now the ranch plays host to getaways and events of all kinds, from weddings to romantic corporate rendezvous. Each of the rustic rooms in the property's three lodges presents a different aesthetic charm, from the elegant four-post bed and jetted garden tub of the Victorian Lace Room to the Old West-style wooden cabinetry and pelt rugs of the Western Vista Suite.
When friends and couples emerge from their rooms, they can while away the time with interactive murder-mystery dinners and a slew of other activities, such as meeting the ranch's animals, gathering pecans, and soaking in the hot tub. The main lodge's game room facilitates friendly competition and shared laughs with its pool table, board games, and tournament-regulation rock-paper-scissors equipment.
Lux Nail Spa first opened the doors of its Keller studio eight years ago, but it wasn't long before the family-owned business found itself in enough demand to open a second location in Fort Worth. Between the two studios, they offer extensive manicuring and pedicuring services, body waxing, and, most recently, eyelash extensions. But their success is built upon much more than just a service menu––the staff genuinely enjoys meeting, talking, and swapping chili recipes with new people, and pampers clients with little extras including complimentary water, soda, or wine.