A splash of bright fuchsia greets visitors as they approach Crazy Mama's, foreshadowing the trove of colorful vintage clothing, gemstones, and enchanted signature jewelry that line the shelves inside. Owner Diana Diamond?exclusive designer for the Contemporary Arts Museum and host of a recent Exxon Mobil private jewelry-making team-building exercise?provides self-empowerment emanating from her stock of perfumes, which fan the flames of prospective love interests with bona fide pheromones. During signature scent classes, perfumers ply their olfactory wizardry to make personalized scents, carrying on a tradition they trace back to Cleopatra. Aside from these nose-tickling wares, Crazy Mama's covers forms with retro gear, weighs down bookcases with self-help tomes, and fills empty wind tunnels with delicate chimes.
Hosted by Diana Diamonds, exclusive Designer for the Houston Museum of Natural Science' Imperial Jade Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Lakewood Church, and various high end shops in the Galleria & Highland Village areas. Exxon Mobil recently hosted a private jewelry making party as a Team Building exercise with Diana Diamonds.
The Glass Cat’s handmade dichroic jewelry, artwork, and unique knickknacks are crafted by local artisans and the shop’s owner, a certified art teacher and glass sculptor with pieces in galleries and juried art shows throughout the U.S. Candles circulate tantalizing scents across an onsite art gallery peppered with creative wine-bottle artwork, as well as the shop’s selection of stylish purses and robust coffees from Ganovia, a gourmet coffee company. Taught by the owner, art classes guide students through dichroic-jewelry making and ceramic glazing, with studio time available for Glass Cat alums looking to work on a new piece or reheat pizza slices in a piping-hot kiln.
The seasoned paranormal investigators at the Spirit Quest Center instruct burgeoning ghostbusters in the art of spectral detection on its spine-tingling Spring Ghost Tour. Before embarking into the ectoplasmic world, Spirit Quest preps spirit walkers ages 10 and older with a Ghost Hunting 101 lesson. Students learn investigation techniques such as detecting magnetic-field disturbances, using dowsing rods to communicate directly with specters, and uncovering electric voice phenomena (EVP) in digital recordings that capture the kelpie vibrato of karaoke phantasms. A professional paranormal investigator then leads the tour past some of Old Town Spring's oldest buildings, regaling the fascinating history of the vexed settlement with frequent stops for ghostly apparitions and interaction. During the 2.5- to three-hour tour, phantom pursuers may get the chance to chat with the poltergeists through the medium’s translation, asking questions about ghostly life and what it’s like to hang out with Elvis.
Spring Beads' stone-stringing instructors impart the basics of bead and wire craft to eager minds and inexperienced hands in a two-hour session held on Tuesdays. Harvest class supplies with a 10% discount on a plethora of stocked baubles, including gemstones, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, and seed beads, which, when planted, become buried beads. Attendees gather around the communal beading table to design a distinctive piece of jewelry while the teacher dispenses general threading wisdom and project-specific construction instruction. Spring Beads' schedule provides a glimpse into the many other beading disciplines available, such as advanced wire sculpture, Victorian earring construction, and found-object jewelry making, where students learn to turn everyday curiosities—such as watch cogs or otherwise useless pennies—into fashionable accessories.
Penny Primeaux has had a passion for holistic wellness for more than 20 years. A love of aromatherapy and Eastern philosophy lured her into caring for others with alternative therapies, which she does daily at Bella Luna Holistic Spa. Inside a charming peach Victorian-style house, Penny nudges her clients toward tranquility with services such as Ayurvedic chakra balancing, crystal therapy, and Hylunia facials. Her skincare services are fueled with organic and vegan ingredients that are safe and effective for sensitive and aging skin types. Bella Luna's menu also includes massages, bridal makeup, body jeweling, and body-jewel pillaging.
Elite Corps Fitness's Christian Hollums trains hard, and he expects his boot-camp participants to do the same. By enrolling in Elite’s 12-week program, clients make a serious commitment to changing their fitness routine, rather than just flexing in the mirror and calling it a day. Christian helps each participant construct a customized, long-term plan based on their current level of fitness. To that end, he conducts personal-training assessments on the weekends, analyzing clients against eight fitness indicators such as lean-muscle mass, cardiovascular capabilities, and ability to chew through glass. Christian also develops personalized meal plans, ensuring that clients receive the appropriate amount of lean protein to keep them energized through their workouts. Indoor and outdoor workouts take place at Gym Jessop.