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.
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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.
Patrons will be able to make a selection from 21 varieties of Torres Cigars, which range from $5–$20 per cigar. Containing masterfully crafted blends with a Texas twist, Torres Cigars provide smokers an opportunity to sample top-notch tobacco in a striking package. Additionally, visitors can kick back and relax next to the bar, where a selection of wines and beers with the purchase of food await to wet the smoke-parched whistles of distinguished smokers and budding connoisseurs alike. You can use this Groupon toward cheese plates that include aged cheddar, havarti, imported gouda, and more ($3.75 for 1/2 plate, $5.75 for regular plate, $8.75 for large plate).
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.
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.
Karen Million strives to detoxify bodies and help clients feel good through holistic, natural treatments such as colonic hydrotherapy, for which she holds certification from the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. During a session, Million sends warm, filtered water through her client’s large intestine, helping to loosen and remove toxins that can cause bloating, constipation, lethargy, skin problems, and numerous other common ailments. Also a nationally certified massage therapist, she preforms pin-and-stretch therapy, or soft-tissue therapy, which “pins” muscles before stretching them back to their original length. The process restores circulation to musculature and promotes natural healing.