Austin Shoe Hospital's expert menders have repaired men's and women's shoes and boots since 1906. Old, comfortable footwear gains renewed life at the shop with replaced heels and soles, saving patrons from outfitting old pumps with cardboard-box bottoms. Additionally, the cobblers skillfully repair luggage, handbags, belts, and briefcases with services ranging from zipper replacement to full dyeing and reconditioning.
In near-alchemical feats, Big Frog's staff transforms customers' images, designs, or slogans into custom-printed apparel and accessories blanketed in a satisfaction guarantee. Patrons submit art digitally or in person, which staffers then scan and send along to graphic artists who tinker over designs in need of tweaking at no extra cost. Images can be emblazoned upon T-shirts and tank tops for adults and kids, or accessories such as mousepads, puzzles, and tote bags. Most items come to fruition within 24 hours, where they await their new owners for in-store pickup or shoot off into the wild blue yonder with international delivery.
The professional shutterbugs at Paul Marcus Photos capture timeless images of each person in front of the camera lens, creating memories to be enjoyed for years to come. Up to six people or poltergeists can come together to model their way through a one-hour in-studio photo shoot, receiving friendly tips, posing suggestions, and demonstrations of proper eyebrow waving along the way. For an extra fee, nature-loving families can choose to vogue in an outdoor locale.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Maria Bernal developed her international eye for snapshottery over three decades and continents, swiftly earning the 2009 and 2010 Photographer of the Year awards from the Austin Professional Photographers Association after establishing her studio after she moved to Texas in 2007. Specializing in domestic depictions of infants, children, families, and more, she and her expert staff capture relations just as they should be remembered: well-groomed and organized by height. The camera crew's 30-to-40-minute scenic family portrait sessions deftly capture their subjects' personalities, and the infant images provide adorably embarrassing blackmail fodder for tween years to come.