Teeming with precisely organized lighting fixtures, Passion Lighting's 9,000-square-foot retail show room—a multiple-year finalist of Residential Lighting magazine’s Showroom of the Year award—is designed to demystify home lighting and interior design for the everyday customer. Owner Bruce Paul—one of only 125 ALA-certified lighting consultants in the nation—uses his years of illumination expertise to help customers solve their interior-design conundrums. In addition to his company’s website, Paul maintains the video blog LightingGourmet.com, where he doles out expert advice on household lighting strategies and irresistible video clips of kittens installing solar panels.
Grapevine Guitar Works’ quaint little shop holds more Gibson, Taylor, and Yamaha equipment than Peter Frampton's attic—and the shop’s staff does more than just hand people instruments and send them on their way. They equip all skill levels with the knowledge to bring their guitar or bass to life through group and private music lessons. Englishman Robb Kelly handles the bass lessons while Paul Reitz teaches guitar—acoustic, electric, classical, and jazz—going far beyond a few simple chords. Having accumulated vast teaching resources in his long musical career, Reitz shares insight through finger-strengthening exercises, technique drilling, and instruction in general theory. He also helps fledgling performers enhance their stage presence by developing their repertoire and showing them the best way to light their guitar on fire mid-solo.
Losing weight requires a 24/7 commitment, which is why BaroSolutions Wellness and Weight Loss’s online support hub never closes. Program participants can contact a nutrition coach 24 hours a day via live chat or phone to discuss their progress through the program’s fitness routines and three-phase meal plan, including specialty plans such as a 10-day detox regimen and plateau-buster meal plan. Further guidance comes from an ecookbook stocked with 365 recipes for dishes that contain less than 300 calories, which helps participants fulfill their nutritional goals without resorting to eating only paper-thin slivers of cheesecake. House-brand diet supplements accelerate the weight-loss process by suppressing cravings, which catalyzes fat burning. For in-person support, clients can visit one of the clinics in the wellness centre’s network, staffed by nutrition- and weight-loss-savvy professionals.
Owners Steve and JoAnn Barker sling their spicy creations—which include 12 to 15 types of tamales and 35 varieties of house-made salsa—from their own store between Ball and Scribner, and at the Grapevine Farmer’s Market on Main Street. Served hot or frozen and prepared without gluten, Tommy’s tamales teem with fresh and creative ingredients, from pumpkin and sweet potato to spinach and cinnamon, with vegetarian options and a breakfast tamale stuffed with sausage and potato. An epic spread of mild to hot house-made salsas seize their spiciness from panoplies of different peppers, including habaneros and serranos, and part their piquant surfs for crispy tortilla chips and roving bands of piñatas.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jay M. Harrison of Lifetime Family Health Center believes in treating the underlying issues of pain and illness instead of focusing on the symptoms. This is why he employs chiropractic medicine, nutritional support, massage, and exercise to help restore his patients' health.
Eyeworks's expansive selection of fetching frames and vision-correcting lenses focuses malfunctioning ocular orbs with aplomb. Frames from such brands as Tiffany ($99), Dolce & Gabbana ($199), and Tommy Hilfiger ($189) come in a plethora of shapes and sizes to complement patrons' differing styles and number of noses. Capri’s Flexure children's frames ($200) comfortably fit youthful faces, and luxury frames from the likes of Prada ($399) accessorize faces with opulent design. Lenses range from basic, single-vision plastic options ($111) to advanced polycarbonate sight-sharpeners ($251), with optional anti-glare technology to ease sunlit escapades and protect eyes against the gleaming smiles of tooth fairies.