Texas Express Lube and Auto's piston quenchers thwart friction by providing up to five quarts of blended synthetic oil. Car techs sub in crisp new oil filters to handle the motor oil, which is rated at 5W-20 or 5W-30 according to its dating-site profile. A quick checkup surveys the vehicle's fluid levels, lights, and air filters, and an interior vacuuming sucks up crumbs. Before revving back onto roadways, cars ask technicians to grease their chassis so they can travel squeak-free and to check their wiper blades so they can wave hello to raindrops. Customers can upgrade to full synthetic oil for an additional fee.
The friendly staff at Bella Luz aims to exponentially increase the confidence of its clientele via beautifying services administered in a lush spa environment. Potted flowers, a high ceiling, and woodsy artwork give the space an airy, natural vibe in which customers can sip on a selection of gourmet coffee and juice while bracing beauty nodules for imminent improvement.
PrecisionFit Golf owner Philip "Keith" Chatham Jr., recipient of the 2006 award for International Clubmaker of the Year from the Professional Clubfitters Society, utilizes advanced technology and artisanal skill to create custom-fitted golf clubs for players of any skill level. During fitting sessions, which typically last one to three hours, Keith will examine the club being replaced while customers answer questions about their current equipment, golf game goals, and feelings about the color plaid.
From the outside, The Museum of Western Art’s heavy timbers and rough limestone, designed by renowned southwestern architect O’Neil Ford, evoke the hulking beauty of a fortressed hacienda. The equally breathtaking interior draws the eye upward with 23 bóveda domes, and end-cut mesquite wood joins terra-cotta Saltillo tile floors in setting the stage for paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from and featuring the American West. The museum’s expansive 14,000-square-foot gallery space hosts artwork from modern-day brush wielders and pieces from its permanent collection, which boasts 150 sculptures, 250 paintings, and numerous artifacts. Bridging artwork from the old and the new West, the museum takes visitors on a thoughtful journey from historical paintings, such as works inspired by the artistic community in Taos, to modern-day depictions of bionic buffalo.The museum also educates the public with events, workshops, and lectures, and it encourages young artists with immersion programs at the Western Art Academy. A research library with more than 6,000 books and periodicals invites armchair buckaroos to stock up on snake oil, don hats of any liquid capacity, and embark on individual adventures into the art and culture of the American West.
Pocketful of Poseys' expert team of quilt-makers stocks its 4,000-square-foot store with everything from fabrics to books. Customers consult with friendly staff on their projects before browsing novelty, floral, and '70s-era prints or sip on cups of freshly made Cajun-style coffee. Quilters grab Dan Morris's checkered What's Cookin fabric ($9.99/yard) for decorating kitchens with new placemats and tablecloths, or they design bedspreads with Yellow Brick Road quilt patterns ($8.69 each) and pure-cotton batting for twin-sized quilts ($19.49). Eight-panel skirt patterns ($14.69) feature four different designs, fostering the creation of simple yet playful makeshift dresses, and a quick-trim ruler ($16.69) allows precise measuring of shapes such as circles, triangles, and Grover Cleveland's mustache.
From simple roots as a roadside fruit stand in 1969, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods has grown into a gourmet-condiment authority by blending fresh ingredients into award-winning recipes. The 2010 NASFT sofi Award–winning Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce ($6 for 14 oz.) fuses fresh basil and whole cloves of garlic into a delectably seasoned tomato sauce, which begs eaters to pack a backup wedding dress in case the one they're wearing gets dirty. Unite rival sweet and spicy taste buds with complex flavors, such as the Spicy Sesame Stir Fry & Dipping Sauce ($9.95), winner of the 2011 Fiery Food Challenge for best consumer-ready Asian/stir-fry condiment, or the popular Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce ($9.95), a gluten-free gem that brings out the flavors in meat, chicken, and fish with sweetness backed by a smoky, spicy kick. Myriad salsas ($6.95) and jellies ($6.95) entertain houseguests, dripping from chips at parties or spreading across toast while guests settle their bed-and-breakfast bill. In order to thread their condiments around dietary restrictions, condiment chefs promise transparency with a nutritional guide spotlighting which of their products are gluten free, all natural, low sodium, or have no sugar added.