ClearVision Optometry's optometrists and opticians have built their practice on continuing feedback from clients. They've loaded their gallery of frames with autoflex metals and colorful plastics from names such as Versace, Coach, and Tres Jolie. To fully accommodate clients, the opticians can cut and seat lenses in-house.
During eye exams, computerized equipment precisely measures how well patients can see or roll their eyes at bad jokes. Automatic refractors measure current prescriptions, and retinal photography creates digital records of the eyes to compare with future images.
Dr. Rodney McDaniel, Yorktown Dental Care's chief tooth tender, has been fending off dental difficulties with comprehensive examinations and advanced treatments for more than three decades. Aided by his associate, Dr. Irina Novak, Dr. McDaniel surveys mouthscapes for cavities, gum disease, or picture-worthy landmarks to capture with intra-oral cameras and digital x-rays. Custom teeth-whitening kits restore shine to smiles, and meticulous hygienists keep mouth diamonds gleaming with regular cleanings and custom-designed preventative maintenance plans. While tooth tenders dote over smiles, patients relax with headphones, pillows, and heated wraps, and enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks in the waiting room. To straighten up unruly food grinders, Dr. McDaniel also continually educates himself on orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign, which steadily and stealthily shifts teeth until they're straighter than an arrow under a steamroller.
To Angela Smith, the entire San Antonio area is a photography studio. A specialist in natural-light photography, Angela conducts outdoor, on-location shoots, typically at locales of her clients? choosing. The natural process allows her subjects to pose at venues of personal significance, such as the site of a marriage proposal or the site of a taffy-factory accident that left them attached together. During shoots, Angela often eschews conventional poses in favor of candid, active shots, encouraging her clients to relax and have fun while in front of the lens. Though each photo shoot is a collaborative process between client and photographer, Angela recommends that most shoots take place either before 10 a.m. or in the late afternoon or evening in order to work in the most ideal lighting conditions and allow for the extremely long lunches her camera demands.
Since beginning Irish dance more than 40 years ago, Deborah Bristol, TCRG, has founded Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance, coached five solo champions, and competed in international competitions. At Rhythm of Ireland, which is accredited by the Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha, she teaches students the craft of Irish dance, focusing on critical elements such as basic steps, attire, and performing.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Swain, Dollamur mats, BAS, Century
Pro Tip: Come in appropriate workout attire (i.e., sweatpants, yoga pants, or similar and a T-shirt).
Bill and Katharine Davis opened Bill's Seafood House in 1980, unveiling mouthwatering plates of the ocean's bounty before loyal patrons for 17 years before passing the torch to employees Mike Dawson and Ken Earls. Mike, Ken, and their wives Jenny and Lisa all draw from their experiences working at Bill's to continue the restaurant's longstanding tradition of serving fresh shrimp, oysters, and flounder while maintaining long-lasting, friendly relationships with customers through gracious service and nautical-trade treaties. Guests perch atop cushy, leather booth benches, savoring the light, buttery taste of sautéed scallops or the spicy tang of pepper-jack shrimp. Sprays of zesty lemon kiss flaky filets of blackened tuna, and seaside comfort fare of crab cakes, clam chowder, and fried shrimp quell hunger pangs with their familiar flavors.