A bright, five-pointed star gleams above the Texas State University campus on select nights. Fixed atop Jackson Hall—a 12-story building that marks the campus's highest point—the star can be seen for miles throughout Hays County, letting fans know that it's time to celebrate a Bobcats victory and take out the pizza they started baking at half-time. Throughout the Bobcats' proud history, the Victory Star has had many occasions for beaming, as the school has won a litany of championships across multiple sports, including NCAA Div. II championships in football and men's golf and NAIA titles in men's basketball and men's tennis.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet guide customers through a vast inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Reduced-rate items equip customers with enough hardware to construct a tree house inside a doghouse. A Dirt Devil Scorpion hand vacuum ($29.99) helps tidy up workshops and sushi-restaurant kitchens that are coated in sawdust, and a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ lithium-ion compact drill ($127.99) obtains full charge within 45 minutes. Each product, including reconditioned items, carries a warranty of up to one year.
A stay at AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at the University of Texas places you in the heart of Austin, walking distance from Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Blanton Museum of Art and University of Texas Tower.
Make yourself at home in one of the 297 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and a technology helpdesk. Planning an event in Austin? This hotel has 40000 square feet (3716 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Secure parking is available onsite.
The arboreal handlers of Brents Tree Service discipline unruly yard life with trimming, removal, and cleanup services for trees of all sizes. After setting up an appointment, a representative will assess the needs of each project, quoting the total price of services required and some choice phrases from The Giving Tree. Hearty four-man crews appear out of morning mists, tackling tasks that last from one–six hours in length depending on the amount of flora trimming needed with heavy-duty equipment and wood chipper in tow. Brents Tree Service covers specialty and emergency projects as well, such as removal of storm-damaged flora, mistletoe, or persistent ball moss. After raising canopy levels or removing lifeless limbs, the green-thumbed crews meticulously hunt debris great and small, grinding it up and hauling it away to add to their wood-chip collection. Before departure, if owners are at home the foreman walks them through their made-over yard to ensure service satisfaction.
Noticing that water restrictions were increasingly frequent, gardener Eric Pedley decided to turn his hobby of cultivating succulents into a business. With business partner and fellow local Julie Patton, he filled a rented greenhouse with desert-dwelling plants capable of storing large reserves of water in their leaves and surviving in arid climates. The diverse inventory ranges from prickly cacti to lush aloe and agave, all of which make for nontraditional additions to home gardens. While customers shop, staffers dish out tips on soil mixes, drainage systems, and guttural incantations to prolong the life of potted or outdoor arrangements. The knowledgeable staff—featured on Central Texas Gardener—also creates and delivers festive potted arrangements.
For more than 26 years, the licensed and insured cleaning crews from A-Best Water Damage Restoration have been cleansing carpets and upholstery after flood damage or everyday wear. After using powerful dry-vac systems to remove loose soil and lodged tumbleweeds, the technicians then steam clean carpets with truck-mounted equipment to power through stains, odors, and dirt. Specializing in water-damage cleanup, the technicians assess carpets and upholstery after such an event, performing free estimates and even negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of customers. The company is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to schedule an appointment or call for help dealing with a water-damage emergency.