The Georgetown Farmers Market Association unites more than 50 growers from 11 nearby counties to treat shoppers to a bounty of wholesome produce, free-range eggs, artisanal breads, and canned goods. Not only does the bumper crop of fresh greens, fruits, and veggies keep clients eating healthily, but it also connects consumers to their surrounding land and agriculture industry. While perusing bushels of onions, tomatoes, peppers, and melons, visitors can mingle with local farmers to shake the very hands that harvest the crops and learn the secret fifth verse of the Green Acres theme song.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
New Balance Round Rock outfits pavement pounders in its store stocked with a large selection of running, walking, cross-training, tennis and trail running shoes, accessories, and apparel. The only exclusive New Balance retailer in the Austin area, the store boasts a total fit service, which customizes kicks to fit all foot types and frolicking needs.
Gingersnaps Kids, a charming, boutique with pastel-colored walls, stocks its shelves with a wide array of children's and babies' clothing, accessories, furniture, and toys for both girls and boys from a variety of designer brands. Swaddle a newborn or sneak a baked potato into a bar with a polka-dot-sprinkled pink onesie ($19), or use a blue-and-white-striped pair of Kate Mack Isle of Capri girl's flip-flops to protect tiny feet from even tinier grains of sand ($26). Boys can emulate their favorite stringed instrument in a Wes & Willy 3 Guitars T-shirt ($18) and a POGO pink-and-white-striped rabbit makes for a perfect pint-sized playmate or inanimate dinner guest ($16). Capture it all by putting your Groupon towards a signature photo session (minimum investment of $200) at Gingersnaps' on-site photography studio.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, 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 or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.