Trends & Traditions houses a glittering trove of designer jewelry produced by southwest artisans to catch eyes, capture hearts, and preserve memories. Woven sterling-silver bracelets by Chamilia easily encircle wrists, ankles, and the tiny waists of Victorian snakes with slim bands. Though the store's selection of charms may vary, an array of interchangeable sterling-silver beads and clips can stay attached to the same look for a lifetime, or graciously relinquish their hold to allow new partnerships. Add to charm collections with custom-coordinated bling, swirling abstract designs, and representational statuettes of hearts, animals, letters, and cybernetic robber barons from rich loads of glimmering ornaments.
In the early 1960s in the Navy, Don Dibble embarked upon what would become a decades-long career in scuba diving. After 10 years in the service, he founded the Texas State University scuba program, to which he still devotes many hours. In 1972, Don opened The Dive Shop to spread his passion and scuba know-how to the uninitiated and those scared by all the sand in the movie Jaws.
At the shop, two experienced instructors head up classes in an outdoor pool. The sessions cover everything from snorkeling to securing an NAUI certification with structured dips in the pool and local lakes. The shelves in the pro shop brim with gear for training and recreational dives from brands such as ScubaPro, Bare, and Trident.:m]]
Mobile Phone Geeks's technology whisperers repair phone screens crippled by accidents and environmental damage and turn them into like-new picture purveyors. After patrons drop off gadgets or mail them to the rehabilitation shop, phone patchers seal screen cracks, massage ink blots from their LCD surfaces, and fix water damage on phones left to boil too long. Each repair comes with a 30-day warranty. For Apple’s latest tablets, gizmo healers shun rehabilitation in favor of replacement and re-outfit book-sized supercomputers with brand-new screens. Patrons can also fix phones plagued by hardware problems freezing, keypad failure, and autotext set to Wingdings.
Cornucopias are said to have endless supplies of nourishment. With their store of the same name, Dave and Dan Davis have created a health-minded shop where the entire neighborhood can stock up on wholesome goods. Upon its shelves, San Marcos? Cornucopia keeps vitamins and herbs, nutritional supplements, and healthy foods, including health bars, fresh juices, and organic produce. But the shop also carries niche items, such as pet supplies for dogs who simply refuse anything that isn?t natural or at least wrapped in ham.