An emporium of edible excess, Avenue Restaurant dishes up a palate-pleasing menu of seafood, meaty sandwiches, fried chicken, and other homemade goodies. Launch an edible expedition with a mound of fried pickles ($4.50) or a cup of savory shrimp-and-corn bisque ($3.50). Entree-seekers can dive tongue-first into the country-fried steak ($8.95) to wade with mashed potatoes and vegetables in a pool of gravy. Chomp into a Cajun au gratin stuffed potato ($8.95), an overfed tuber bloated with fried shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and butter with a crab-meat au gratin cloak. Scrumptious bread pudding ($2.75) and slices of creamy cheesecake ($2.75) activate sweet teeth and long-dormant sugar sensors. Avenue Restaurant serves up daily specials in a quaint eatery shaded by luscious trees and hovering spacecrafts.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
A certified Xtreme Lashes stylist, aesthetician Kim Tuyen Do skillfully applies extensions that bulk up and extend eyelashes for a fuller look. In addition to full extension sets and refills, Kim also offers facial treatments, microdermabrasion, and products such as eye makeup and tools.
The pet-loving technicians at Invisible Fence of New Orleans specialize in keeping man's best and furriest friends corralled, and happily so. Whether surrounding homes with a subterraneous containment system or setting up an indoor PetFree area, the techs design pet zones that match each owner's interests, then conduct training sessions to help dogs, cats, and dogs disguised as cats overcome their wanderlust. Invisible Fence's territory encroaches on the domains of bark control and behavioral training as well, and its efforts to improve the lifestyle of animals leads it straight into the world of pet doors, toys, heated wellness beds, and self-cleaning litter boxes.
Founded in 1976 by a group of ambitious visual and performing artists, the Contemporary Arts Center still keeps in touch with its roots as an artist-driven community organization. The award-winning design of its ever-changing gallery, atrium, and theater spaces juxtaposes the original architecture of a turn-of-the-century warehouse building with newer materials and aesthetics. Within its 30,000 feet of open event space, the CAC hosts a range of events, such as curated contemporary exhibitions, world and local music performances, and special galas such as the SweetArts Bash.
When not coordinating exhibitions and performances, the CAC staff also leads educational programs such as one-day art camps, which expose children and adults to the arts. In these programs, professional local artists train groups in drama, dance, music, visual arts, and creative writing.
Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.