Chris and Karen Williams combined more than 25 years of optical experience when they created Specs Appeal Optical and furnished it with designer frames and experienced eye-care professionals. The boutique's hand-selected licensed opticians and sales staff treat each pair of eyes that wander in through the door with absolute care and attention. The team works together by first providing eye exams and then helping direct clients to the frames best suited to their face shape and personal style. Customers select frames from among such sought-after brands as Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Ray-Ban, and Oliver Peoples. Those interested in contacts can park themselves at attractive rosewood stations where they can get fitted with contacts or evaluate their ocular swag in the desktop mirrors.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Offered in monthly sessions, weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-year-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The one-month membership (a $75 value, plus $60 membership fee) allows you to take one class per week, with makeups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open-gym sessions (contact location for schedule). One Groupon must be purchased for each child, and each child must be accompanied by at least one adult (but more than one adult is welcome).
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
The team at EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center help pets live longer, healthier lives by providing the kind of compassionate medical care pet owners would want for themselves. Joined by a team of technicians and assistants who share their passion, the practice's veterinarians provide services that include preventive care and soft-tissue surgery. And as much as the team relies on modern digital X-rays and laser therapy, they also bring a compassionate, empathetic approach to each appointment, whether performing teeth cleanings, treating skin issues, or checking for heartworm. An in-house lab also helps the practice get test results quickly without the hassle of outsourcing samples to another provider.
Though they specialize in weddings, Nella and her crew at Glamour Floral Creations concoct colorful displays of flora for all manner of parties or events. In styles that range from creative to classic, they make decorating on the big day easy by arranging packages that include ceremony displays, boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, and the ceremonial venus flytrap that eats all the leftover cake.
Since 1968, Austin’s Diving Center has outfitted underwater explorers with gear from more than 75 manufacturers, including Aqua Lung, Poseidon, and Halcyon. Ranging from tanks to waterproof accessories, their stock furnishes equipment for activities such as scuba diving, freediving, and spearfishing for people who don't already have spears for hands. In the shop’s classes, newbie divers can master scuba basics or explore specialty styles before testing their newfound skills in rental gear. Veteran divers, meanwhile, can stop by the shop for air fills and regulator and tank services.