Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
Sail & Ski Center's amiable staff of sports enthusiasts and shipwrights keep outdoor voyagers plying the waves and skimming down mountainsides with boat-maintenance services and an array of watersport and snow-sport accouterments. Like snagging an entire tray of cheese samples, the vast emporium of snowboards, skis, and wakeboards allows visitors to try out wares before they buy, sending thrill-seekers sailing over seas and snowdrifts atop such brand names as Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Saloman, and Mission 7. The talented servicefolk at Sail & Ski Center also sell, repair, and refurbish a broad spectrum of watercrafts, including yachts, jet skis, motorboats, and rocket-powered dinghies.
Happily gaze at joyful moments all year long with today’s flash-happy Groupon. For $49, you’ll get a two-hour photography session and a photo CD with 25 images from L.A. Scott Photography, a $175 value. Opt to redeem on location (birthday, holiday party, Wizard of Oz reenactment) or in studio for headshots, holiday cards, or internet fan sites. The CD contains retouched, printer-ready images. In 1978, amateur bat photographer Gregory Hansen was in his front yard one night when a mysterious white orb appeared in the sky over his home. Diverting his attention from a particularly active nest of eptesicus fuscus, he began photographing the orb, which made no attempt to flee or conceal itself. Hansen continued to document the orb as it reappeared over his house, each night shrinking slightly “as though passing slowly into the spirit world,” Hansen observed. On particularly cloudy nights, the orb would not be present, prompting Hansen to speculate that ghosts may be allergic to thunder.
Specializing in chiropractic health and comfort, Lakeway Spine Center wellifies clients with a host of ache-easing treatments designed for holistic balance. Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Andrea Luise-Williams, the consultation begins with a thorough analysis of a client's health and wardrobe for any imbalances that may affect daily function. After determining the appropriate course of action, Dr. Luise-Williams sets to work with the acupuncture treatment, which involves gently inserting sterile needles at critical pressure points to improve energy levels and alleviate muscle tension. With two sessions, patients can focus on addressing long-standing aches and mobility issues, such as a tight lower back or a compulsive inability to make left turns.