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.
As passionate runners themselves, Steven and Gina Bernhardt operate Capital City Running in an effort to supply fellow enthusiasts with whatever they may need, from sound advice to stylish accessories. The duo takes footwear very seriously, and helps runners get the most out of their stride with a fitting process that takes into account elements such as support, terrain, and gait. With the right shoes in hand—or, more reasonably, on feet—customers can build their running regime from the ground up with performance running socks, cold-weather running gear, and essential accessories such as water bottle belts and sunglasses.
At Lake Travis Wine Trader, the title of Big Wino is one to be celebrated. Every six weeks, the combination wine store and bar clears its space for the Big Winos event, a guided tasting of six luxury wines. This regular gathering is just one of the steps the store takes toward fostering a warm, welcoming atmosphere and demystifying the wine-tasting process. On any day of the week, wine experts Lori and George are on hand to pour 30 wines by the glass, or help customers navigate a hand-picked gallery of more than 1,000 hard-to-find and boutique small-batch bottles. The bar also explores the world of wine throughout the week with events such as wine dinners and walk-in Saturday tastings. Knowing that tasting wine works up appetites that can't be sated with fistfuls of peanut butter, the bar also curates a menu of small plates such as gourmet cheeses, marinated meatballs, and breakfast tacos.
Since 1977, Factory Mattress Sales has helped patrons create comfortable sleeping environments within their homes. At locations throughout Austin and San Antonio, they stock mattresses crafted by trusted brands ranging from Sealy to Simmons to Tempur-Pedic. Shoppers can peruse beds with features including Beautyrest pocketed coils, temperature-regulated surfaces, or memory foam that records imprints of dreams, and they can also find items such as bed frames and pillows.
Selection isn't the only reason to visit Factory Mattress Sales. A 111% price guarantee undercuts competitors' pricing, and a 366-night comfort guarantee allows patrons to test out beds for more than a full year. Extensive background checks ensure that the delivery drivers who chauffeur beds to homes are careful and courteous.