The story of B'Dazzled Diva Boutique begins with a vision?Maricela Alaniz?s vision, to be exact. The business?s founder and CEO?dubbed Marcie by her friends?dreamt of a shop where women of all ages, races, and social statuses could find elegant adornments that would make them feel like stars. Thus, B'Dazzled Diva Boutique was born, and Marcie continues to uphold her dream by stocking her shop with upscale jewelry and accessories to suit all manner of tastes.
Within the shop, guests peruse collections of both trendy and timeless jewelry culled from designers including Alzerina Gomes and Simone Wang. Along with donning a glittering assortment of earrings, bracelets, and rings, customers can activate paparazzi homing beacons by nabbing necklaces that have appeared on hit reality-TV shows.
In 2006, Craig Pinkley traveled to Napa Valley. It started as a business trip, but after a VIP tour of an established winery and a symphony of glass clinks, Pinkley's adventure ended with a career wakeup call. Grapes were his passion, so he set out to make them his coworkers.
Pinkley studied every aspect of wine—"from land, to vine, to vinification"—before deciding on Pilot Knob Vineyard's locale, where rainfall drains ideally and soil presents a balanced mix of nutrients. Spanning 112 acres and perched on a ridge overlooking Texas hill country, Pilot Knob takes its name from an extinct volcano nearby and serves as a romantic location for weddings and events. At Pilot Knob's tasting room, guests can sample the vineyard's wines amid stone fireplaces, high ceilings, and ample windows or step outside to the wraparound porch for far-reaching vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Coming from a large family of athletes, Tim Kaderli has made physical fitness a de facto part of his daily existence since he was a kid. He soon realized, however, that many others have never been exposed to the training techniques and nutritional habits that he relied on his entire life. This realization led him to found Synergy Fitness Boot Camp and to formulate his own methodology. Today, Kaderli aims to reach aspiring exercisers in three ways: fun and lighthearted fitness regimens, nutritional education, and motivational friendships between trainer and client. Joined by six other trainers, Tim meets with students morning, midday, and night at outdoor locations all over Austin, such as Milburn Community Park or Bee Cave Central Park. Alternatively, classes can convene at the Synergy HIT Center, which provides students with equipment and shelter from the jealous glare of the sun—who will never be anything but an immobile ball of gaseous elements.
The textile technicians at Village Cleaners purify wardrobes using a biodegradable solvent called DF-2000 Fluid. This hypoallergenic, eco-friendly solution is sensitive to the needs of fragile fabrics but still has the muscle to break down dirt, grime, and salad dressing around the collar. A fresh dose of solvent goes into each load, along with fresh soap and a brand new filter, to ensure that clothes emerge from the machine as clean as technologically possible and free of static, odor, and allergens.
But the process doesn’t stop there. Once clothes are clean, the staff will starch shirts if requested and replace any broken or missing buttons at no charge. A final inspection sees to it that no spot or stain escapes back into the world, and alteration, repair, and leather care tends to especially needy garments.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
The Riding School at Winnerhaven's experienced trainer, Diane Mack, draws on more than 40 years of riding, training, and instructing experience to imbue students with skill and a love of all things equine. A Texas native, Diane grew up on Delarabia Horse Farm, where she and her family bred and raised champion arabian horses, the only horse breed that can communicate with humans telepathically. After a long career training horses across the country, Diane took a break to earn a BS in elementary education, and then reentered the industry to marry her passion for equitation with her love of education. Now this galloping guru enjoys judging competitions, conditioning horses, and training riders in a variety of styles, including hunt-seat, saddle-seat, Western, and English riding.