As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
At The Royal Canvas Painting Parlor, owner Cassie Black and her staff of art instructors teach painters of all skill levels to create canvas-bound masterpieces. Each class blurs the line between artistry and social interaction, like when Leonardo da Vinci would bring the Mona Lisa to parties as his date. The focus falls on a predetermined painting composition, ranging from a quirky, cartoonish sheep for children's classes to re-creations of iconic works such as van Gogh's The Starry Night to challenge more adept artists. While students follow step-by-step instructions, they sip wine, nibble snacks, and rediscover their creative side.
Andrew King joined the military straight out of high school and went on to serve in Desert Storm. When he returned home, he helped his brother start a business—an endeavor that inspired him to open Andy's Services. Seventeen years and 2,000 loyal customers later, Andy is still offering household services that range from painting walls to cleaning gutters and windows. He's also EPA certified for renovations and repairs.
Jeff Hawken, owner of Texas Painting Company, dispatches crews armed with Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore house paints, powerful pressure washers, and an arsenal of other home-improving tools. Jeff passes on more than a decade of experience to workers, who arrive ready to replace siding, refinish decks, or repair the mailboxes of Bowling Ball of the Month club members.
With more than 40 years in experience being handy guys who wouldn't think twice about opening pickle jars or getting flour down from the highest shelf, House Calls can turn barren white walls into an atmospheric abode in no time flat. They'll come to any home in the Austin Metro area and glitz it up in two even coats to brighten the darkest room or refresh the dingiest den. For $150 extra, you can upgrade to include woodwork and ceiling painting. A Service Magic-certified Pro business, House Calls always keeps their work clean and their demeanor courteous.