The experienced crafters at Beading2Go curate a collection of more than 8,000 styles of beads, semiprecious stones, metallic charms, and the supplies to finish each project. Guests can dive into cascades of colorful strands, eyeball sterling-silver earrings, or scoop up handfuls of czech crystals and birthstones. The staff members lean on their love of making jewelry to help the uninitiated to get comfortable with the hobby, and jewelry-making classes help crafters of every skill level to string together eye-catching statement necklaces, elegantly understated bracelets, and tastefully bedazzled lassos.
For three days in November, the Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market brings Olde World Christmas spirit to New Braunfels. Vendors set up cheery red and green booths in the German-style holiday market, where they sell homemade wares such as aromatic roasted nuts, unique toys, vintage cameos, and homemade toffee. Nearby, authors sit ready to discuss their novels or sing their favorite Christmas carols at the on-site book fair and a jolly Santa eats breakfast with kids of all ages. To keep guests warm during the event, Sophie's Cafe serves up warm mugs of soup paired with sandwiches or tempting desserts.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Sophienburg Museum and Archives, which serves as the hub for immigration ship logs, photos, and documents of the first German Americans who found their way to Texas.
Marketplace Cinema's 12 screening rooms delight audiences with a rotating selection of Hollywood's latest cinematic confections. State-of-the-art Sony 4K projectors quadruple the number of pixels in each image, sharpening images of billowing explosions, tender kisses, and dolphin slap-fights. A kitted-out concession area includes delectable snacks as well as fermented libations for of-age patrons.
At first blush, Millennium Medi Spa seems to suffer from a crisis of identity. On one hand, the med spa relies on the clinical expertise of its physician directors to rejuvenate clients’ skin with advanced treatments. But one can’t help but notice the tranquil, spa-like atmosphere and the profusion of treatments—mani-pedis, massages, hydrating facials—that seem rooted in relaxation more than anything else.
These two personalities converge seamlessly thanks to a staff that splits its focus between results and relaxation. Technicians beautify nails with scrubs, paraffin dips, and glossy coats of polish while aestheticians tighten skin and release toxins with body wraps. Similarly results-based procedures include chemical peels, dermal fillers, and vibradermabrasion treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines and barnacles stuck to the face.
Within the McKenna Children's Museum, the laughter of parents and children bounces through the corridors of hands-on educational exhibits. The ever-changing features and activities foster creativity in youngsters while stimulating their interest in science, health, and nature. In a realistic grocery store, shelves full of goods let kids practice nutritional shopping and arguing over the expiration dates of coupons. Further along, the Destination Space exhibit hosts a simulated space shuttle where children can take the helm of important-looking controls. Outside the museum, a colorful maze snakes up a 30-foot climbing structure, and cushy blue building pieces are scattered across the outdoor playground.
A large gift shop packs shelves with interactive toys from Melissa & Doug and Alex. A fresh salad bar stretches across the dining room of the onsite bistro, complementing a menu of healthy snacks that fuel wee ones for their day of play and night of blackmailing the boogeyman.
D Pad preserves the social aspect of video gaming by welcoming visitors into its haven of pixilated entertainment, filled with classic arcade machines, modern console systems, and a wide selection of retail titles. Ten PC gaming rigs and 16 flat-screen TVs equipped with Xbox 360 and PS3 systems rouse friendly competition from birthday revelers and other groups inside the store’s LAN center, decked out with exposed brick walls and sealed power boxes. Plucked from closed shopping malls and laundromats found frozen in icebergs, vintage arcade game cabinets, including 1942, X-Men, and NBA Jam entice quarter collectors to spend their cache in attempts to conquer difficult levels. An on-location retail shop also sends gamers home with favorite titles from yesterday and today through D Pad's buy, sell, and trade services.