For more than 25 years, Mom & Pop Tobacco Shop has catered to smoking enthusiasts with an inventory that ranges from cigarettes and fine cigars to herbal cigarettes and traditional pipes. Newlyweds, new fathers, and inventors of perpetual-motion machines can toast their good fortune with stogies crafted by famous manufacturers such as Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, and Vice. Lighters, tasteful ashtrays, and pipes round out the smoker’s ensemble, perfect for pairing with ruminations in front of the fireplace and wistful gazes out a rain-streaked window.
Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
Even painstakingly crafted footwear from renowned brands such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik experiences eventual wear and tear. That’s where the cobblers of Houston Shoe Hospital come in. The skilled craftspeople have meticulously revamped footwear of all kinds with the same attention to detail since the business’s inception in 1906. Using high-quality, handpicked rubber and leather products, they affix new heels, soles, and souls to myriad shoes, boots, and foot Spanx.
Within Lavo Collections’ four bustling boutiques, an ever-updating array of fashionable threads entices visitors with catwalk-ready looks displayed on jauntily posed mannequins. Billowing fabrics and curve-hugging colors abound in silhouette-flattering sundresses or business-casual blouses, and waist-slimming pencil skirts provide canvases for intricate belts, delicate jewelry, or wearable versions of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.
Lane Four Swim Shop's interior is flooded with swimwear, goggles, and all the gear necessary for successfully treading water. With a set of Tritan swim fins ($19.50) firmly gripping their feet and anti-fog, custom-fit Speedo Speed Socket goggles ($19.95) strapped onto their faces, swimmers will be well equipped to paddle safely across unexplored seas. Environmentally friendly Speedo Endurance Jammers ($38) comfortably clench men's thighs with fabric that's highly resistant to stretching, fading, and attack sharks, and ladies can slip into a Dolfin Uglies one-piece ($27), available in brightly colored, assorted prints to help wearers blend in with coral reefs. After slipping out of the flippers, dry off with a tube towel ($20.50), an easy-to-tote towel made of micro-fiber suede for fast drying.
President and vice-president John and Cara Eckerman have developed an efficient boot-camp program that effectively cultivates muscle farms with a fruitful yield. Expert instructors lead new recruits through 45-minute classes that fluidly meld stretching, core-toning, and strength-boosting exercises into full-body fat-blasting sessions. Motivated groups help propel fitness-seekers throughout high-intensity interval training that sheds calories and stress faster than a robo-lion’s rise to the top of the food chain. A convenient schedule will leave busy boot campers with enough time to maintain their normal lives, regular routines, and Chia Pet collections, while indoor facilities ensure that visitors will get a workout regardless of rain, snow, or locust swarms.