Even painstakingly crafted footwear from renowned brands such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik experiences eventual wear and tear. That’s where the cobblers of Houston Shoe Hospital come in. The skilled craftspeople have meticulously revamped footwear of all kinds with the same attention to detail since the business’s inception in 1906. Using high-quality, handpicked rubber and leather products, they affix new heels, soles, and souls to myriad shoes, boots, and foot Spanx.
The diverse, talented staff at Angel Salon and Day Spa primps clients with an assortment of relaxing cosmetic services. Stylists shape coiffures with haircuts, highlights, and extensions, and aestheticians revitalize nails and skin with everything from Shellac manicures to facials. Bodycare experts extract unsightly fuzz using warm wax, taking a cue from the rainforest’s famous hairless honeybees.
In 1985, drawing from his own struggles with learning to read, Dr. Ken Gibson set out to change the way we learn. After convening with other experts to discuss challenges children were facing in the classroom, he cocreated a cognitive-skills program that eventually became the foundation of the LearningRx centers.
The clinically proven brain-training method, which is used on adults and children alike, consists of specific targeting, one-on-one coaching, and immediate feedback. Using professional cognitive tests, the centers first identify where strengths and weaknesses lie in their clients’ cognitive framework. From there, they are able to tailor mental workouts that help strengthen those areas of the brain and even create new neural pathways. The brain-training method can be beneficial for struggling students, adults wanting to remain competitive in the workplace, and the elderly.
Sweet & Sassy’s expert aestheticians glamorize girls with child-friendly salon and spa services. They lead birthday parties for flocks of fashionable partygoers, painting nails and applying makeup to transform celebrants into magical princesses, pop stars, or TV news anchors. Within the cheerful, sweet-smelling spa, the aestheticians also pamper girls with themed packages such as Diva for a Day or Pampered Princess.
By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
The Crayon Academy's committed wisdom warriors have dedicated nearly two decades to setting solid scholastic footing for children before they step into classrooms. During this two-week trial (a $248 value) youngsters mold brain matter with a day-long itinerary that hones in on fellowship, academics, and art. Four different schedules cater to moppets of varying ages and experience, and Crayon's knowledgeable teachers can help students with homework, learning tips, and the latest in pencil-sharpening practices. Crayon's open-door policy allows curious parents to sit in on the learning whenever they like and without wearing kid disguises.