While its mediums are many, the goal of Ceramics-N-More is singular: to tap into visitors' artistic potential. Here, you can paint pottery or get the hang of wheel-thrown forms during classes that utilize motorized pottery wheels. Even kids can get into the action by adorning ceramic pieces with handprints and footprints, or joining friends for an art-fueled party. The center also offers glass-fusing classes, which teach participants how to create colorful works of art from glass and the one magical power all humans take for granted: fire.
Professional Organizer Brigitte Starkey at Cure for Space develops individualized organizational systems not only for residential homes, but also for businesses. She helps overwhelmed clients focus on reorganization by providing recommendations for how to disperse unused items as well as tips for maintaining organization and setting priorities. Brigitte combs over entire homes, organizing everything from kitchen cabinets to the garage. On top of that, she shares recommendations for furniture arrangements and color schemes by implementing general Feng Shui principles.
When students sign on for a Rock About climbing class, they don't just learn to rope their way up mountainsides and trade banter with goats. The company's certified guides also educate clients about the cultural history and complex geology of the climbing sites. On climbing treks to Reimers Ranch Park, owner Adam Mitchell and his team teach top-roping and belaying techniques while exploring the notion that climbing allows humankind to commune safely with the earth's natural wonders. For those uneasy about vertical exploration, the guides offer non-climbing adventures such as interpretive hikes.
All locations boast ample security features and personnel, so clients can sleep soundly knowing that their dollar-signed sacks of dirty laundry won't fall into the disappointed clutches of cartoon burglars. And if you're looking for a cool place to store a beloved chocolate monolith or snowman’s wife, the Mopac and Pond Springs locations have mastered the art of climate control. Though pricing varies slightly by location, basic stowing starts as low as $32 to $40 per month for a hall closet unit (25 square feet). For more info, check out the rates online for the Ben White, Mopac, and Pond Springs units.
Today's side deal gets you a 30-credit-hour, live real-estate course at The Austin Institute of Real Estate for $75 (a $175 value). The course offers a comprehensive education, perfect for someone looking to jumpstart a career, or a current agent seeking on-going education cred.
Brookstone, the national chain of upscale gadget and trinket stores, offers a carefully curated selection of specialty and luxury items. Their location at the pricey outdoor mall The Domain on Century Oaks Terrace is a prime example of the Brookstone model: lifestyle items, made well, with knowledgeable staff on hand to help you shop. Walk inside to find everything from remote control helicopters and futuristic alarm clocks to massage chairs, computer accessories and blankets. Customers are encouraged to try out the store’s wares before making a purchase, which is a bonus given the wide array of unique and eclectic products on hand. But these functional gadgets and quirky playthings do have one thing in common: most are built by Brookstone themselves, which means a quality build construction and pleasing design.