"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who’s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that’s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
Houston Wellness Boutique is decorated with numerous butterflies, and there's a reason for that. "When my clients walk in the door, they feel like a caterpillar," says owner Terry Tribble. "When they walk out, I want them to feel like a butterfly." She and her staff achieve this transformation with a selection of slimming body wraps that use a special solution to draw out toxins and help promote circulation. The treatments begin with dry brushing, a relaxing service that exfoliates dead skin cells to help the solution penetrate deeper into the body. Clients can achieve even greater results with an additional infrared-sauna session. Houston Wellness Boutique also specializes in pampering cancer patients by providing permanent makeup services, post-mastectomy products, and fashionable wigs.
Named "Best Aquarium Supply - 2010" by Houston Press, Fish Gallery provides a plethora of sea-bound critters as well as the accouterments to create an aboveground abode for them. Its stalwart staff guides pesca-philes in the selection and care of freshwater and saltwater creatures. On the freshwater side, bettas enjoy the solitary life ($3.99 each), and neon tetras turn tanks into techno-dance parties ($3.49 each, $30 for 10). The percula clown fish somersaults in saltwater ($29), swimming circles around the illustrious coral beauty fish ($25). Fish-friends create water-filled wigwams, making their new swimmers feel right at home with plant decorations that can also be used as disguises during underwater chase scenes ($7.99+).
Midtown Veterinary Hospital's Dr. Richard Clive, alongside his wife Janelle and staff of registered vet techs, helps animals live long healthy lives. Inside the hospital, pets can curl up in the sun, which filters through the reception area's large windows, or enjoy such comforts as a padded exam table. Their bipedal counterparts, meanwhile, appreciate cushy, white chairs set on dark hardwood floors, cookies to balance on their noses, and vibrant animal prints that decorate the office.
Owners keep their pets up to date with an array of services, including regular check-ups, vaccinations, and dental exams. They can also rest easy knowing that should pets ever need further treatments, such as digital radiology or surgical services, Midtown's facilities are well prepared with an onsite lab and a heated surgical table that staves off chills as pets get their coats dry-cleaned. The hospital also sports a pharmacy that supplies owners with medications to prevent such maladies as fleas, ticks, and heartworm with next-day prescription filling and an online, home-delivery pharmaceutical service. :m]]
At Bayou City Veterinary Hospital, two veterinarians tackle pets' ailments with different approaches. Dr. Brenda Flores explores the malady with thorough diagnostic techniques designed to get at the root of illnesses and works hard to ease any associated pain. On the other hand, Dr. Kristy Kyle excels at surgical procedures, especially for cats, and maintaing a tranquil setting for nervous pets. The hospital is AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited and has been dubbed cat friendly by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Wabash Antiques and Feed Store has been providing Houstonians with everything from animal feed and heirloom tomato plants to puppies for over a hundred years. Before owner Betty Lou Heacker moved the shop to its current location on Washington Avenue in the Washington Corridor, it had been an antiques shop and a traditional feed store under previous owners for the better part of a century. Now, it’s known as the place to go for organic gardening supplies, the biggest tomato plant selection in Houston and adorable chicks and ducklings at certain times of the year. Pick up plants, feed, bee supplies, bird supplies, fountain supplies and nearly anything else a garden might need – or just stroll the aisle and imagine the possibilities.