Central Texas PowerSports, once only a motorcycle stronghold, extended its biwheeled expertise to the realm of bicycles and accessories from Continental, Maxxis, Pearl Izumi, and Specialized. Parts gone askew, rusty, or overly conversational get straightened out during a tune-up. In addition to a complete check-over, PowerSports bicycle gurus true wobbly wheels and adjust brakes and derailleurs to keep riders happily shifting. A full cleaning and drive-train greasing leave the vehicle shiny and soundless.
The Georgetown Farmers Market Association unites more than 50 growers from 11 nearby counties to treat shoppers to a bounty of wholesome produce, free-range eggs, artisanal breads, and canned goods. Not only does the bumper crop of fresh greens, fruits, and veggies keep clients eating healthily, but it also connects consumers to their surrounding land and agriculture industry. While perusing bushels of onions, tomatoes, peppers, and melons, visitors can mingle with local farmers to shake the very hands that harvest the crops and learn the secret fifth verse of the Green Acres theme song.
This deal is good for any four- or five-course class that is regularly priced at $50. Upcoming gastronomic jam sessions with you and a gourmandizing guru include a May 4 summer seasonal themed class from chef RC Lumpkin—where you'll master roasted garlic soup, pan-sautéed haricot vert, and grilled peaches with honey—as well as an all-Asian delight kapow-wow with Dorothy Huang, who will help you master the intricacies of chicken and coconut-milk soup, sweet and sour shrimp, and three-mushroom lo mein. Of course, you get to eat everything you make, so be sure to bring your own wine or equally classy Capri Sun to Hollandaze Gourmet.
Book Pride packs its two floors of stacks with more than 100,000 titles, exercising reading muscles with gently used nonfiction, novels, and kids' books, all marked at least half off the cover price. Wander through the main floor to view adult genres such as history, cooking, classics, mysteries, romance, and property-tax law, then meander upstairs to speed read the more than 25,000 children's and young-adult titles on display alongside toys and a stage. Page turners can pick up a paperback copy of The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson ($5), nab a newly released hardcover edition of Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb ($13.50), or encourage a school-aged reader with the popular Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell ($5.25).
The Escape’s shelves are loaded with a multitude of gifts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, and handmade pieces that cater to the full spectrum of shopper personalities. Consider gifts for $25 or under, such as a stamp collector made of cherry wood ($19) or longhorn coaster made of slate ($8 each), or sort through a collection of nightlights to find a stylish solution to your nyctophobia. Prepare for next Valentine's Day by checking the jewelry section and surprising your sweetie with a pewter horny-toad pin, which can also double as a pet if you’re allergic to pets ($12). Visitors unaware of their fated purchase can ask a friendly staff member for help or wander the aisles searching for ways to enhance kitchens, desks, the outdoors, and more.
Poppy Tots' assortment of new boutique fashions and gently used items appeases its diminutive patrons with affordable, high-end clothing in a wide range of styles. Little ones can chicly frolic about with a boys' Frosk T-shirt ($30) to drip ice cream on after school or a girls' romper by LoFff ($66) to emboss with the dog's muddy paw prints. The back area of Poppy Tots boasts a treasure trove of previously owned garments organized in bins based on size, gender, and Tooth-Fairy-legend susceptibility. Shoppers can clothe kiddies in gently adventurous garb such as a girls top ($6.75), an infant romper ($8), or an Oilily dress ($18). Housed in a historic limestone building erected in 1870, Poppy Tots' newly remodeled interior features wide spaces ideal for shopping while pushing a stroller, leading a child-leash, or rolling a kid-sized hamster ball.