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 Novita Spa is a full-service day-and-medical spa that focuses on clinical services with a pampering attitude. As owner of Novita Spa on the Square, Megan DiMartino encourages her expert staff?which includes four aestheticians, four massage therapists, and four nail technicians?to embody this attitude. Services from simple facials to advanced clinical-spa treatments incorporate products from the spa's signature Novita Spa Clinicals line, which Megan designed and manufactures herself. A European aroma therapy detox steam room refreshes bodies after any service. A luxury style membership program was created to give further savings on services, products and events. Services include clinical and medical aesthetic facials, laser hair removal, Botox and dermal fillers, massage, body treatments, spa manicures and pedicures and laser treatments for toe and nail fungus. After treatments, clients can stop in to browse Novita Spa Clinical products and mineral cosmetics in the boutique.
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.
At The Williamson Museum, history is painted right onto the walls. Seven murals cover spaces in the museum, with each one depicting a historical scene from the 1930s and 1940s. Turn-of-the-century photographs take visitors back even farther, profiling Williamson County during its earlier days. Many of the other exhibits cater to children's curiosities with interactive features, like Willie's Kids Corral. There, a chuck wagon sends kids back to the days of the cowboys and even lets them ring a dinner bell, which was used before cowboys could send text messages to say the beans were ready.
The Williamson Museum operates as a nonprofit organization, with proceeds going toward funding various forms of educational outreach. The staff also runs history-themed camps for kids and leads tours of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, among a variety of programs.
Berroco. Skacel. Louet. These aren't the members of a European pop trio. Rather, they're just three of the many yarn suppliers that Needle Arts of Georgetown carries. And the shop doesn't just carry the goods of various suppliers?it also makes use of them, even knitting helmet liners for troops overseas. Shoppers can get in on the activities, taking classes to learn how to create sweaters, scarves, and felt bags. They can also peruse the ample supplies of yarn for specific textures and colors for their projects.