Rockstar Chefs LLC sends private chefs—all of who have degrees from some of the top culinary schools in Texas—to clients' homes to create meals from fresh ingredients purchased at a local grocery store. Using the cookware and spices they've carted to the homes, the chefs customize the menu to suit the client's tastes, concocting such dishes as lobster tail and pan-seared rib eye with parsley butter. The chefs do all of the cooking and cleaning, leaving clients to enjoy their meal without worrying about whose turn it is to throw the dirty dishes out the window.
The Jenny Craig Program provides people with nutritious, heart-healthy foods, a personal consultant, and a plan specially tailored to helping them attain their desired weight. Clients meet with a Jenny Craig consultant to assess their current eating habits and to create a scheme for shedding superfluous pounds. Then, the week-one planned menu unfolds like a paper airplane made of phyllo dough (items in blue are included in the plan, and orange items are recommended additions). A sample day starts with the Breakfast Scramble, a mound of scrambled egg whites and turkey ham topped with melty low-fat mozzarella and served over diced red potatoes. Lunch is beef chow mein, which is packed with vegetables (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and rooglebetas) and remains unpacked with calories (it has only 220). Dinner brings the comfort of macaroni and cheese and tops it off with a cookie for dessert.
Southern Images Photography's professional lens pointers snap carefully composed portraits for families, high-school seniors, and special occasions. The luminous smiles of up to 10 family members—including pets—rival flash bulbs as clicking shutters measure time during relaxed, one-hour studio sessions. After the session, subjects can select their preferred pose for a slight retouching treatment that softens lines around the eyes, removes facial blemishes, and erases embarrassing thought bubbles. The photographer immortalizes the finished image on a compact disc, which subjects can take home along with a three-unit package of prints to distribute liberally among relatives and former high-school crushes. For an additional $50, Groupon customers can upgrade to a location shoot.
At Texas Skatium, roller skaters roam the rink as a disco ball spins from the center of the ceiling, with dozens of flags hanging above them and speakers pumping out Top 40 jams. Originally opened in 1989, the recently remodeled building houses both a roller rink and a play area complete with brand-new bounce houses and arcade games. The upgrades from the renovation also brought in a state-of-the-art A/V system and projection screen. The 33,000-square-foot space is ideal for private or public events, which range from kids' birthday parties to after-hours adult soirees with alcohol, a DJ, and screenings of uncut episodes of Murder, She Wrote.
Featured in numerous television and online media, the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash showcases trendy apparel from more than 50 designers, as well as accessories from chic lines such as Jay Clay Jewelry, Divine Sole Boutique, and Frederick's of Hollywood. Style mavens descend on the event to sample cocktails and relax in an onsite spa lounge. Visitors also take advantage of discounts on handbags and accessories from locally based brands. At the end of the day, select attendees go home with eco-friendly, reusable tote bags, which are filled with coupons, certificates, and at least $30 worth of beauty products from brands such as Pureology and TanTowel, including lip balm, compact mirrors, and envy balm to apply directly to the eyes of coworkers jealous of your ensemble.