After seeing the sluggish affects that venous insufficiency had on his clients, board-certified general surgeon Dr. Mark Kneuper's curiosity about vein therapy grew. This interest eventually led him into the practice of vein therapy more than two decades ago. But as the times have changed, so have Dr. Kneuper’s methods, which is why his practice, Hill Country Vein Center, now offers technologically advanced vein treatments. Invasive services, such as vein stripping or tickling the vessels until they oblige, have been replaced with a noninvasive, radio-frequency-based Venefit treatment and gentle sclerotherapy injections. But before any treatment begins, Dr. Kneuper's registered vein technicians rely on advanced ultrasound machines to painlessly pinpoint troublesome vessels.
For 35 years, the designers at Petals To Go have assembled prearranged and custom flower displays for every occasion, from pristine wedding bouquets to heartfelt sympathy arrangements. They also offer market-style bouquets and bulk flowers for guests interested in creating their own floral designs. As an edible treat or thoughtful gift, staffers can recommend gourmet baskets or Build-A-Bear-Workshop teddy bears that convey messages such as "Happy Birthday," "Cheer Up," or "I'm Sorry I Called Your Goldfish 'Ugly.'"
With its corrugated sheet-metal siding and rough-hewn wood pillars, the façade of Pookie Jane’s Boutique hearkens back to a frontier saloon. But the rustic exterior belies the boutique’s sleek collection of designer apparel and accessories by Desigual, Solitaire, and Elan. In addition to bold-patterned threads, the store brims with hand-wrought home accents from local artisans, including Jane’s own hand-poured soy candles, whose warm glow and sweet scents prove a romantic alternative to a flaming rose bouquet.
Most popular offering: Cute, comfy, travel-friendly fashions for the Hill Country lifestyle
What sets your business apart from your competition?
The personal attention and care we give our customers?it's not just about selling our products. In addition, the products that we do carry are fun and unique?just what you're looking for when you shop in a small boutique.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I started by selling jewelry, then I realized that, while I was showing women how important accessories are in our wardrobes, it would be even easier to demonstrate if I also offered the wardrobes to accessorize.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"I love this store," and, "It's so great to find clothes that aren't just for the super young and super skinny." That's especially gratifying when it comes from women who live in large cities and have lots of shops to compare us with.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
I love working with the customers and helping women choose things that make them feel beautiful.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are authorized dealers for Pandora. Some of our most popular lines: FDJ jeans, Lisette pants, Foxcroft wrinkle-free blouses, Gretty tops, Baggallini bags for travel, and Thymes home and body products. Please check our Facebook page for more updated pictures and information.
Action Angler & Outdoor Center, a stream-side fly-fishing shop, offers access to a unique segment of the Guadalupe River, replete with trout, bass, and panfish, and reserved exclusively for fly-fishing. The shop's owner and TXPW-licensed lead guide, Chris Jackson, draws on his 30 years of fly-fishing experience, which began at age 12, when he caught his first trout on the fly in the Rio Grande's headwaters. Patrons can buy or rent equipment ranging from kayaks by makers such as Outcast and Diablo to rods, reels, and wading boots, ideal for jogging into the depths during races with your reflection. Once outfitted, visitors can strike out independently, or opt for guided floats and fly-fishing lessons on the Guadalupe. Guides can also chaperone full-day floats on the San Marcos River, Colorado River, and Lady Bird Lake.
The 72-degree spring-fed waters of the Comal River snake through New Braunfels, throwing reflected light on tree branches that crane over the banks. One of the shortest navigable rivers in the United States, it stays a constant 72 degrees year round. Corner Tubes outfits visitors with black inner tubes or new vinyl tubes, letting them float down the river at a leisurely pace, then ride a shuttle from the last public river exit back to the entrance.