Gourmet Body Treats’ beauty products are made from all natural, fair-trade ingredients, making them as friendly to the earth as they are to the body. Lather up with the organic coffee soap, a dense square of vegan, nontoxic oils infused with ground coffee and raw chocolate for extra antioxidants and a skin-loving lift ($10.50). Tress-tenders and yetis in need of pampering can lather hair with the vanilla-mint shampoo, a fragrant concoction bubbling with rosemary, nettle, peppermint, and yucca and packed with proteins to moisturize stressed strands ($24.00 for 8 ounces). For a finishing touch, slick on liquid eyeliner, a mixture free of synthetic preservatives or colors, complete with organic sunflower oil and vitamin B5 to smoothly highlight sultry eyes or quickly doodle on lightweight reading glasses ($13.99).
New Balance San Antonio eschews impersonal online transactions, only selling its shoes in person so its intensively trained staff can discern the ideal shoes for each customer. Shoe fittings factor in foot width and shape, arch length, and biomechanics, which refer to how the foot strikes the ground or, if you're on the moon, the wall. Staffers employ an iStep machine to further dissect biomechanics and determine if customers are pronators, supinators, or terminators. Once evaluations are complete, customers can choose from a selection of shoes that take advantage of New Balance shoe technology, which benefits from design help from DuPont and high-tech materials such as EVA foam. They can also select orthotics and outfit themselves above the ankles with a selection of athletic apparel.
Across hundreds of stores in the U.S. and Canada, Lumber Liquidators provides homeowners and contractors with more than 340 flooring options. Lumber Liquidators, which has been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and HGTV’s Dream Home, lays down floors such as solid and engineered Bellawood pre-finished hardwood with a transferable 100-year warranty and eco-friendly bamboo and cork. An array of professional-grade tools, such as table saws and floor nailers, help homeowners easily install their new floors, and the company's Flooring 101 search engine and Ask Bob customer-support team answer any questions that arise on the fly.
Look behind the blooms of A Rey of Flowers and you'll find Rey Rodriguez—a nationally certified florist with more than 25 years of experience. When he's not competing for the Texas Cup or supporting Battle ALS with Flowers, he's readying delivery orders at either of his two locations. He and his staff combine roses and lilies into vibrant bouquets for weddings, birthdays, and more. The staff also scatters their shops with gift ideas, and can even whip up homemade treats with some advanced notice.