Not only is Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar an "antidote to the antiseptic Pinkberrys of the world," according to Lonely Planet, it's also "the most adorable place in Houston"—or so gushes a Houston Press blogger. Like a worn-in powdered wig, the cozy shop exudes a shabby-chic French aesthetic, with bright pastel colors complementing cream-colored wooden furniture and shelves full of jarred candy and homey gifts. Sweet Lola's seasonal fro-yo flavors are equally adorable, boasting names such as "dreamy chocolate," "merri mint," and "blush," a combination of cherry and almond. Each creamy spoonful tickles taste buds with probiotic flavor sweetened with cane sugar and free of corn syrup or additives. A small but dependable selection of artisanal toppings crowns frozen creations with peanut-butter croutons and cookie crumble.
Pilgrim Cleaners offers a host of convenient locations and a comprehensive cleaning approach that refreshes garments and can extend their closet lives well into their golden years. Cleaners pore over your clothes before pouring solvent over them, identifying traces of wiper fluid and the fingerprints of clinging tarsiers. Pilgrim's two-bath process cleans clothes tenderly, applying distilled solvent to leave them looking as new and crisp as a gangster baby's three-piece suit. Attentive and always-diligent dry cleaners then step in to hand-finish the job, canvassing garments for misplaced buttons and uranium stains. As with all dry cleaning and mustache trimming services, prices vary according to the size of the job, ranging from $1.89 for men's shirts, $9.99 for dresses, and $11.99 for overalls.
Unlike the clothing trends that have passed through its doors over the last 73 years, Esquire Fine Cleaners’ dedication to quality service has never changed. During the dry-cleaning process, the staff uses an odorless, nontoxic solvent to gently cleanse delicate silk and fine wool garments or de-grime household linens and casual pieces. Wedding-gown preservation protects the delicate folds of lace and the sheen on satin, creating an instant heirloom for a daughter, granddaughter, or gullible family dog. The staff also imparts its expertise to alterations and shoe repair.
Ever since Houston was founded where the White Oak and Buffalo bayous meet, water has played a significant role in the city’s history and cultural identity. Houston claims many nicknames—Space City, H-Town, and Clutch City all come to mind—but the most enduring is a reference to those two streams: Bayou City. Bayou City Seafood & Pasta celebrates its hometown’s history with a menu of Southern-inspired seafood dishes. The restaurant casts its nets into fresh water and salt water alike, pulling up perennial favorites that range from crawfish bisque to blackened frog legs. As the name’s latter half implies, there are also more than a dozen pasta dishes to choose from. One highlight is the Pasta Thor, a combination of asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese, and jumbo shrimp cooked under a lightning bolt.
As they launder or dry clean customers’ garments, the cleaning technicians at A-1 Dry Cleaners keep two principles in mind: thoroughness and convenience. They cleanse most garments within 24–48 hours, but more intricate getups—such as a wedding dress or a vintage firefighter's muumuu—may take up to 72 hours.
The staff at Regency Cleaners wants the environment to stay as immaculate as the shirts, dresses, and suits that emerge from its facility. As part of that effort, cleaners employ a textile dry-cleaning machine that's specifically designed to battle stains with nontoxic and odor-free solvents. In addition to this eco-friendly process, the staff launders everyday garments and preserves wedding gowns for a lifetime of being worn by the family's pets on Halloween. And if cleaners notice damage on a jacket or pair of pants, they can repair the item and make the necessary alterations.