Voted Small Business of the Year by the Tri-County Small Business Summit, The Sugar Shack satisfies sweet tooths and tongues with mouthwatering candy displays, homemade goodies, and thoughtful gifts. Fans of well-dressed fruit can fill empty paws with hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries ($10 for six). As with training for a marathon or sumo competition, sugar supporters should start small, easing their way into snack bliss with tiny treats such as Jelly Belly jellybeans ($4.50/lb.) and chocolate-covered peanuts ($4.50 for 1/2 lb.) before moving on to more challenging comestibles such as chocolate malt balls ($4.50 for 1/2 lb.) and jawbreakers ($5.99 for 1/2 lb.). In addition to display cases laden with trays of homemade white-, milk-, and dark-chocolate bites, visitors will find classic packaged candies such as Skittles and Hershey bars ($1.29–$1.59). A wealth of cheerful gifts such as 22 oz. Yankee Candles ($24.99) adorn the walls, ensuring no birthday or dog obedience-school graduation goes unappreciated.
Paddling, tubing, or camping along the Colorado River is more fun when someone else does most of the planning for you—and gives you the gear, too. Luckily, Bastrop River Company does both. Along the shores of the Lower Colorado, visitors can grab giant inflated tubes and enjoy one- to three-hour floats down the water, enjoy guided kayaking tours under the moon, or take tours down the El Camino Real paddling trail on standup paddleboards.
The Book Basket brims with brand new and pre-read literature to enthrall the mindscapes of mystery, romance, and sci-fi bibliophiles. Peruse freely in The Book Basket's clean, bright enclave outfitted with high ceilings for comfortable browsing and professional-basketball-player miming. Customers can sidle up to the store's coy pup Cici while thumbing through tenderly read novels ($3–$5 for paperbacks, $10–$15 for hardcovers) or hot-off-the-press treatises ($6–$16 for paperbacks, $20–$28 for hardcovers) from an arsenal of genres. Groupon holders can also cull eye-catching greeting cards ($1–$5) for birthday celebrations and igloo-warming parties.
At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements.
Lost Paintball hits its targets of safety and fun with the varied terrain of its fields, detailed defensive instructions, and an emphasis on less waiting and more playing. Full rental packages include unlimited time in the great outdoors, a protective facemask, a Spyder Xtra paintball marker and barrel cover, unlimited air refills, and 500 Valka and Draxxus paintballs. Before games commence, all players—whether brand-new to the joy of spattering paint or well-versed in the art of stalking human canvases—receive a thorough safety debriefing. Players battle through four different environments, marking and shooting to their hearts' content. Meanwhile, Lost Paintball's cheerful, paint-covered staff stands by ready to assist with questions, directions, and heated squabbles over whether that deer knowingly crossed into enemy territory.
Wimberley Media-Spa combines medical techniques with soothing spa treatments to rejuvenate hominids in a clean, upscale setting. During the 60-minute treatment, entrust your meat suit to a makeup-wand-wielding staff member, who will assess the dermal surface to hatch a beautifying plan that best corrects the skin's flaws and evokes the client’s natural allure. Wimberley's wunderkinds will then fuse therapeutic products and mineral makeup from gloMinerals to brighten the face’s appearance until it glimmers like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Throughout the makeover, the specialist will also impart techniques to patrons on how to replicate the makeover process at home.