For Meredith McCord, looking at a piece of pottery brings back decades worth of memories. McCord started The Mad Potter in 1998, and since those early days, she's used her kiln to immortalize countless special moments. She traveled to hospitals to capture the footprints of newborns, helped a young man create a dessert plate with the words "Will you marry me?" emblazoned across it, and auctioned off items for charity. Yet some of her fondest memories center on the day-to-day interactions with customers, specifically when they return to pick up their fired pieces and utter three words of amazement: "I did that?"
The Mad Potter has since expanded into three Houston-area locations, where children and adults come to paint their own works of art or create replicas of their ancient ancestors' garden gnomes. More than 500 bisqueware items line the shelves of each studio, including coffee mugs, plates, and figurines. Staffers then help visitors select from more than 54 available colors of paint and supply them with everything else they might need, including brushes and stencils. The staff can even take things over and create more intricate designs?while still consulting closely with the customer. Whatever route a person chooses, there's always time for a sip of wine or beer; the River Oaks location sells wine and beer while Bellaire and Woodway maintain a BYOB policy.
The staff at Mediterranean Day Spa knows that true beauty comes from this inside, a notion they honor by providing therapeutic services to local military veterans and their families via Operation Oasis. Within the spa?s luxurious confines, both service members and civilians let their eyes drink in the soothing sights of nature-inspired artwork on natural walls before selecting from the spa?s eclectic service menu. Plush, leather pedicure chairs foster an array of invigorating foot treatments while private treatment rooms host massages, wraps, waxing, and body scrubs that reflect the tradition of Turkish hammams.
California Closets' certified designers specialize in making space for all your worldly possessions with home, office, and garage storage organizers. After a free consultation with one of these expert order keepers, you'll have a good idea of where to stash your collection of lawnmower blades, as well what it will cost to do it elegantly. Sate your bedroom's intimate desires for increased organization with a basic closet-accessory package, tidily bursting with four shelf dividers, six hooks, one belt rack, and one garment valet rod to park your apparel with sleek, effortless ease ($500). The storage space parcel can fit into any 12-inch- or 14-inch-deep closet system and is easy enough to install yourself, though members of California Closets' professional team can settle it into its new digs for an additional fee.
For more than 26 years, the licensed and insured cleaning crews from A-Best Water Damage Restoration have been cleansing carpets and upholstery after flood damage or everyday wear. After using powerful dry-vac systems to remove loose soil and lodged tumbleweeds, the technicians then steam clean carpets with truck-mounted equipment to power through stains, odors, and dirt. Specializing in water-damage cleanup, the technicians assess carpets and upholstery after such an event, performing free estimates and even negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of customers. The company is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to schedule an appointment or call for help dealing with a water-damage emergency.
With more than 20 years of commercial and residential landscaping experience, Victory Landscape Management delivers a variety of custom maintenance and design services. A seasonal flower replacement transforms barren yards and gardens into blossoming masterpieces with a vivid kaleidoscope of brightly colored petals; hearty leaves; and sweet, earthy fragrances. Victory’s experienced countryside stylists remove existing plants and their earwig hitchhikers, and prep beds before creating professional floral schemes with 100 florets of your choice in 4-inch pots. The team then fertilizes the new arrangements, sure to attract common pollinators such as the jubilant hummingbear, encouraging flourishing thickets of outdoor bliss to grow and prosper.
Home Performance Concepts' team of seasoned craftsfolk and licensed auditors helps homeowners to save money on bills while reducing their carbon footprint. During 75-point home energy audits, technicians pore over heaters, insulation, and air filters, using thermal imagers to check for structural air leaks caused by ill-fitting light fixtures, rickety doorframes, and trick siding. Their expertise in eco-friendly home improvement allows them to grace houses with such enhancements as solar-powered ventilation systems, argon-insulated windows, rainwater-collection tanks, Energy Star–qualified roofing shingles, and attic air-leak seals.