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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.

1517 Aquarena Springs Dr
San Marcos,
TX
US

Featured in Southern Living magazine, Kiss the Cook equips cooks of all skill levels with the tools and toys needed for whimsical culinary escapades. Carrying a coterie of high-quality cookware, bakeware, and kitchen-friendly gadgetry, Kiss the Cook will have you on your way to creating simmering sauces or luxuriously stacked baklava. Specialize your slicing repertoire via a paring knife with sheath ($9.99), invigorate your vintages with a Vinoair wine aerator ($19.99), or unshackle hunks of innocent limestone with a marble cheese slicer ($19.99). Ensure accurate measurements with magnetic measuring spoons ($16.99) or extract the magic nectar of citrus juices with a lemon squeezer ($14.99). Kiss the Cook's friendly, knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist with your culinary queries.

201 Wimberley Sq
Wimberley,
TX
US

Endorsed by financial author Dave Ramsey and highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's Life Lift blog, eMeals charts out a week's worth of dollar- and health-savvy dinner recipes to relieve the burden of kitchen-related stress. Each week, organized grocery lists—categorized by family size, dietary desires, and store preferences—showcase flavorful culinary creations for discerning palates. Plans developed by working parents capitalize on sale items at stores such as Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, and an "any store" list can be used to navigate the aisles of other favored grocers. Family meal plans serve seven meals for three to six people, whereas plans for two are tailored to singles, couples, or a pair of sock puppets on a date atop a chest of drawers.

Special paleo, gluten-free, clean-eating, low-fat, and portion-controlled meal-plan options aid nongeneric eaters in assembling targets for their teeth and fitness regimens. The classic version of the Walmart family plan supplies culinary sustenance to families of three to six for an average weekly cost of $75–$85 and takes advantage of the store's regularly discounted prices. A duo can fill a Publix cart for $50–$60 a week, including side dishes.

Born of founder Jane DeLaney's desire to feed her family stress-free dinners provisioned from an organized list without coupons, eMeals allows shoppers to spend more time at the table and less time wandering about the grocery store uttering monophonic 10th-century chants in dismay.

600 Congress Ave
Austin,
TX
US

Signature service: Custom picture framing
Established: 1999
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: We custom make frames on the premises.
Pro Tip: Share with us pictures of your home and color palette to get the best results from our designers.

Q&A with Carol Meyer, Owner

Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Clients have family heirlooms and memorabilia that mean the world to them. We preserve them and turn them into amazing art pieces for them to enjoy all the time.

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We try to exceed expectations by providing design options that give their artwork the wow factor when it is on the wall.

What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The enormous range of possibilities that there are for a client to choose from. We help narrow down the options to make sure they are not overwhelmed.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We can frame almost anything, from knives and guns and swords to kimonos and scarves and fans. [We also frame] sports and military memorabilia, as well as family portraits and works of art. We provide expert advice and guaranteed craftsmanship.

9901 N Capital Of Texas Hwy
Austin,
TX
US

Everyone has a different vision of how their living space should look, which is why ART on 5th fills its three-level, 6,000-square-foot gallery with art to suit all tastes. Works by notable names such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Theodor Seuss Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—rub shoulders with rotating collections from some 60 lesser-known artists.

In addition to displaying fine paintings, ART on 5th offers custom-framing services, and backs each of its frames with a lifetime guarantee. The store’s artisans meticulously choose a flattering frame for each piece from more than 3,000 styles—helping artwork mesh stylistically with its destination, be it a living-room wall or an endless hall of mirrors. They eschew colored, paper mats in favor of neutral-toned, hand-wrapped linen mats, leaving some wiggle room between art and frame and imbuing each piece with richness and depth. Each frame is hung with kevlar, a bulletproof material that prevents damage caused by rusted hanging wires and showboating ’80s action-movie stars.

3005 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin,
TX
US

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.

1779 Wells Branch Pkwy
Austin,
TX
US