Thanks to the colorful, sparkling mural that's spray-painted on the front windows of Bounce USA, kids are likely to get excited as soon as you pull in the parking lot. Once inside, they can scale numerous bounce houses and inflatable slides during open play or private birthday parties. The play center is open to kids of all ages, and also has arcade games, board games, and an Xbox. It's not just for kids, though, as Bounce USA hosts adult nights on the second Friday each month that invariably test parents' abilities to lie to their kids about where they're going. Concessions help revelers refuel with nachos, hot dogs, and snow cones.
At seven locations throughout the Houston metropolitan area, Discount Inspection and Brakes' ASE-certified mechanics keep vehicles in tip-top shape. They check and repair squeaky brakes, change out old oil, and inspect cars to make sure they comply with state emissions requirements and seasonal fashion trends. Aside from everyday preventative maintenance, the knowledgeable crews also repair cracked windshields and get to the bottom of engine trouble with a computerized diagnostic system.
Owner Robin Curtis and her dressy canine sidekick, Sadie, welcome
guests into the cozy, flower-filled storefront of Aroma Garden Creations, where invigorating scents urge browsers to peruse the lace-lined shelves stocked with Robin's homemade soaps and toiletries. Glassware brimming with colorful bath salts send perfumed wafts of air through the boutique's selection of straw hats, jewelry, and wineglass koozies. Signs made from old barn wood depict catty sayings, and a pink claw-foot tub cradles a reclining mannequin, whose relaxed gaze lands on customer favorites such as oatmeal-peppermint soap and aromatic linen sprays. Robin can also ship special orders filled with her private collection of shea crèmes or Grammy's sugar scrubs, crafting perfect gifts for girlfriends in other states or just-out-of-reach bathtubs.
Casanova's downfall deftly doles out upscale women's clothing brands and elegant accessories with a customer-focused staff of fashion experts. Overflowing racks hold wardrobe staples, from party-ready dresses to comfortable and casual blouses, by designers such as Joseph Ribkoff ($150–$250), with custom orders available for out-of-stock sizes and archaic Betamax cassette belts. LipSense lipstick ($18) shades puckerers with party pink, cranberry, and other vivid hues blessed with the kiss-ready staying power of a thousand Marilyn Monroes.
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Kicking back on the deck of a boat is easy when all you have to worry about is the occasional wind gust and avoiding?or embracing?the occasional spray. At Sailaway Clear Lake Charters, the toughest decision clients make is how long they'd like to stay out on the water. During cruises, Captain Matt Ceviker?who has more than 30 years of sailing experience under his belt?takes the helm of the multi-hull boat, navigating through the sparkling waters of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. Sailing guests are more than welcome to bring along snacks and alcoholic beverages. All utensils are provided, including ice, cups, and temporary gills.