Parvizian Rugs International has cushioned Houston footfalls for more than 40 years with antique and custom-made carpets and rugs. Rug workshops and wool factories in Romania, Pakistan, and India fill Parvizian’s American and European storefronts with luxe piles of wool and silk, which are draped over displays or custom-created with help from savvy in-house designers. Parvizian also travels to homes and offices to clean carpets with hand-sudsed shampoos and environmentally friendly supplies, and restores rugs ravaged by moths and foot traffic with meticulous re-weaving, fresh twirls of fringe, and re-backing torn from the pages of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Led by experienced captains, the staff members at Caribbean Breeze keep watch over and rent out a small fleet of fishing, pontoon, and jet boats, as well as one socially awkward sailboat. Although they don’t provide the fishing gear or water skis, they keep their boats updated with features such as iPod docks, rod holders, and electric fish finders. The captains also afford guests picturesque views of the setting sun from their 40-foot pontoon party boat during sunset cruises and help passengers find delicious bounties during fishing charters.
Tiny legs scamper across Lone Star Bounce Town's 9,000-square-foot floor, bounding from one cushy inflatable to the next and pausing before a gallery of kid-friendly toys and games. Disney-inspired bounce houses populate the open space, including new plush slides and domiciles that pay homage to the bubbly heroes of Toy Story 3, Winnie the Pooh, and Dante's Inferno. Tykes hone their hand-eye coordination by shooting hoops on the inflatable basketball court, cracking plastic balls off baseball tees, or threading straws into juice boxes in the Lone Star Cafe. A special subsection designed for toddlers, Lone Star's Tiny Town, features scaled-down playhouses, toy cars, and colorful, bouncy balls.
The clatter of foosball and air-hockey tables makes a steady drumbeat, over which drifts the sounds of an arcade—the happy digital babble of a modem dreaming. Ten leather couches with a full view of the children accommodate parents as they surf free WiFi and enjoy coffee from the café.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Sears Garage Door Repair is staffed by a team of experienced professionals who specialize in diagnosing problems with and repairing garage doors. They can replace springs, rollers, cables, and hinges; install Craftsman openers; or sell new doors.
When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition needed to outfit the Kubena family’s home, they turned to local closet expert David Linda. He and his company, SpaceMan, donated seven closets and a pantry, as well as a team of trained technicians to handle the installation. Giving back is nothing new for David and his company, which frequently provides materials to local Habit for Humanity projects. He brings that same helpful spirit to private jobs, striving to simplify homes by offering custom storage solutions. SpaceMan’s technicians collaborate with homeowners, molding the right closet to a home office or kitchen or saving space with an easy-to-conceal Murphy bed. All designers are certified by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and offer free in-home design consultations to jump-start the process. SpaceMan’s quality products and service have earned them exclusive partnerships with many of Houston’s homebuilding companies, allowing their work to be seen in multimillion-dollar homes and well-regarded beaver dens about town. All closet and storage systems are manufactured in Houston and carry a lifetime warranty that covers system repairs and replacements.