Texas Stores and Shopping

Boutique Apparel and Accessories at Bless Your Heart (38% Off). Two Locations Available.

Bless Your Heart

Multiple Locations

Cozy, densely packed stores stock Toms shoes and locally made jewelry

$40 $25

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$25 for $50 Worth of Hair Extensions, Tools, and Accessories at Hair Pop

Hair Pop

Multiple Locations

Shop for hair extensions ranging from synthetic to natural Remy tresses, along with tools, styling products, and accessories

$50 $25

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Watch Battery Replacement or Jewelry Repair at Austin Classic Watch and Jewelry (Up to 53% Off)

Austin Classic Watch and Jewelry

Austin

Knowledgeable staff with more than 100 years of combined experience replaces dead watch batteries and repairs all manner of fine jewelry

$25 $12.50

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Vacuum Bags, Belts, or Filters, or Vacuum Services and Repairs at Vacuum Depot (Up to 58% Off)

Vacuum Depot

Fort Worth

Store supplies bags, belts, and filters for major brands like Hoover and Dyson to make sure your vacuum is running effectively

$24 $12

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$12 for $30 Worth of Books, Games, and Educational Materials at Adventures in Learning

Adventures in Learning

Ranchland West

Educational puzzles, games, workbooks, and toys mask learning with play

$30 $12

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$11 for $20 Worth of E-liquids for Electronic Cigarettes at Rock N Roll Vapes

Rock N Roll Vapes

Arlington

E-liquids for e-cigs can be customized to change the type and strength of the flavor, the pg/vg ratio, and nicotine levels in the vapor

$20 $11

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$12 for $30 Worth of Verizon Wireless Phones and Accessories at Wireless Communications

Wireless Communications

South Side

Wide variety of Verizon products like the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, tablets, and accessories like cases, chargers, and speakers

$30 $12

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$63 for $114 Worth of Jewelry — PARAMOUNT JEWELERS

Paramount Jewelers

Plano

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$114 $63

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New and Recycled Fashions and Accessories at Culture Clothing (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Culture Clothing

South Overton

Pieces of vintage clothing mingle with current designer items and apparel by brands such as Michael Kors and Seven For All Mankind

$20 $10

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Custom Rhinestone, Vinyl T-Shirts and Embroidery at GPuppy Press (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

GPuppy Press

GPuppy Press

The company specializes in custom rhinestone and decorative clothing, t-shirts, and sporting goods

$25 $12

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Used Games, Board Games, and Card Games at Game Quest (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Game Quest

Amarillo

Shop stocks beloved card games, such as Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon; Nintendo, Gameboy, and X-Box games; and Dungeons & Dragons

$20 $11

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$9 for $20 Worth of Arts and Crafts Supplies — daniel kim

Daniel Kim's Art

Grand Prairie

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $9

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Cell Phone with Activation and Cell Phone Accessories (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

All In One Solution - Authorized Dealer of Cricket Wireless

Multiple Locations

Cell-phone and smartphone accessories such as speakers, headsets, and memory cards

$20 $12

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$45 for Three 90-Minute Basketball Skills Sessions at XrossOver Academy ($90 Value)

XrossOver Academy

Multiple Locations

Athletes aged 6–21 wear the unique XrossOver vest while improving their dribbling, ball control, and speed and working toward ambidexterity

$90 $45

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$38 for $60 Worth of Men's Accessories — Shangri La

Shangri La

McAllen

Red by Perry Ellis gives men the perfect fragrance for everyday wear in a 100-milliliter bottle

$60 $38

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$150 for $300 Worth of Furniture at Ashley Furniture

Ashley Furniture

Abilene

Furniture giant sells affordable, eco-friendly trappings crafted by expert designers, plus mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and Simmons

$300 $150

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Custom Phone Case at IcaseU (Up to 52% Off)

IcaseU

Multiple Locations

Personalized phone case made from your photo or a stock image; available for Apple, Samsung, LG, and BlackBerry models

$39.99 $19

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Jewelry and Accessories at Marc Robinson Jewelers - Treasures Custom Jewelry (Up to 61% Off)

Marc Robinson Jewelers - Treasures Custom Jewelry

Round Rock Outlet Mall

Store offers custom pendants, diamond rings, name-brand watches, and bracelets

$125 $49

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Custom Tailored Shirt at Haberdashery Custom Apparel (Big & Tall available) (45% Off)

Haberdashery

Richardson

Choose from more than 1,000 of the finest apparel fabrics; unlimited collar and cuff styles

$165 $91

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$33 for $60 Worth of Gourmet Cookie Bouquets from Cookies In Bloom

Cookies In Bloom

Vista Ridge Square

Gourmet cookie baskets and bouquet-style arrangements help celebrate special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays

$60 $33

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$10 for $20 Worth of Medical Supplies, Medicine, and Over-The-Counter Items at GoldStar Pharmacy

GoldStar Pharmacy

College Station

The staff has a combined 50 years of experience with retail pharmacy and business management, providing fast service and free delivery

$20 $10

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Jewelry or Watch Repair at Elegant Jewels (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Elegant Jewels

Multiple Locations

Skilled jewelers repair watch pins, resize rings, retip prongs, and solder gold and silver

$20 $10

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$5 for $10 Worth of Specialty Batteries and Light Bulbs at Batteries Plus Bulbs

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Pearland

Diverse selection of batteries to power everything from power tools and vehicles to laptops and cellphones

$10 $5

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Beginner's Jewelry-Making Class for One or Two People at Ny6design INC (Up to 61% Off)

Ny6design INC

Allen

Jewelry-making experts teach beginners to make their own necklace and earrings; all tools and materials are included

$45 $22

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$10 for $20 Groupon — Vapor Sense

Vapor Sense

League City

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $10

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$99 for $220 Worth of Haircare — Great Hair Straightener

Great Hair Straightener

Sugar Land

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$220 $99

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$98 for $179 Worth of Jewelry — Texas Gemological Services

Texas Gemological Services

Baytown

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$179 $98

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$8.50 for $20 Worth of Batteries at Batteries Plus

Batteries Plus

Pharr

Storeroom filled with more than 40,000 batteries keeps everything from laptops and UPS units to motorcycles and cars going strong

$20 $8.50

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Custom-Fit Sterling-Silver Toe Rings at Sweetfoot Designer Fitted Toe Rings (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sweetfoot Designer Fitted Toe Rings

North Richland Hills

Elegant, Hawaiian-influenced sterling-silver toe rings add sparkle to feet in a variety of styles; custom fitted

$30 $15

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$65 for Two Gift Cards, Each Good for $50 Worth of Apparel and Home Accents at Pookie Jane’s Boutique ($100 Total Value)

Pookie Jane's Boutique

Historic Gruene

Eclectic inventory of clothing & accessories from brands such as Consuela, Voom, Free People, 3 Sisters Coats, and Grazie Footwear

$100 $65

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$11 for $20 Worth of General Merchandise at Why Not Envy Me?

Why Not Envy Me?

Spring

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements at Nutrishop

Nutrishop

Cedar Park

Trained staff and certified sports nutritionists help clients pick supplements to achieve fitness goals, such as weight loss and muscle gain

$30 $15

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Home Decor and Furniture at The Naked Mermaid (50% Off)

The Naked Mermaid

Galveston

Sea-inspired boutique brims with furniture and decor such as clocks and wall hangings—many of which are crafted by local artisans

$20 $10

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Skincare Products from Instantly Ageless (Up to 50% Off)

Instantly Ageless

Multiple Locations

Anti-aging skincare products, including moisturizers, face and lip scrubs, and a cosmeceutical serum dubbed “facelift in a bottle”

$20 $11

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Smoothies, Coffee Drinks, and Vitamins at Smart Drinks & Nutrition (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Smart Drinks & Nutrition

Multiple Locations

Smoothies made with fresh fruits, nutritional supplements, and protein free of preservatives and powders; stock of Blueblonnet vitamins

$10 $5

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$10 for $20 Toward any E-cigarette Starter Kit

MotoVape

Cedar Hill

E-cig shop with a bar-like atmosphere and knowledgeable staff on hand to help clients find the right vaping accessories for them

$20 $10

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$20 for $40 Groupon — Rick's Home Store

Rick's Home Store

Wylie

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$40 $20

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Apparel and Accessories at Anna's Hope Chest Resale Shop (50% Off)

Anna's Hope Chest Resale Shop

Hurst

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $5

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$11 for $20 Worth of Greeting Cards and Gifts at Martha's Hallmark

Martha's Hallmark

Multiple Locations

Rotating collection of cards, gifts, and LSU-themed merchandise

$20 $11

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$25 for $50 Worth of E-Cigarette Products from Vapor N Ice

Vapor N Ice

The Courtyard At Pleasant Run

E-cigarette shop stocks a variety of kits, pro tanks, filters, tips, and atomizers

$50 $25

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$25 for $50 Worth of Arts and Crafts Supplies — Froggy Fibers and Gifts

Froggy Fibers And Gifts

Hudson

Needle felt a project in one night! Wool roving and barbed needles create jewelry and collectibles. Very user friendly!

$50 $25

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$10 for $20 Worth of Haircare — Beauty Within Hair Supply

Beauty Within

Farmers Branch

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $10

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Apparel and Accessories at Pink Lemonade (43% Off)

Pink Lemonade

Kyle

Boutique with a variety of hand-selected women's clothes and handmade accessories for ladies of all ages

$35 $20

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Pottery, Home Furnishings, and Dining Accessories at Polmedia Polish Pottery & Stoneware Outlet (58% Off)

Polmedia Polish Pottery & Stoneware Outlet

Seguin

More than 60,000 pieces of Polish pottery and stoneware line the shelves at eclectic warehouse space

$50 $21

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$12 for $20 Worth of Electronic Cigarettes at LeCig Electronic Cigarettes

LeCig Electronic Cigarettes

Multiple Locations

Starter kits complete with e-cigarette, charger, and cartomizers; disposable e-cigarettes; high-resistance atomizers

$20 $12

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$35 for $70 Groupon — Potent Smokables E-Cigs

Potent Smokables E-cigs

Clifton By The Sea

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$70 $35

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Consignment Furniture and Home Decor at Me and My House (56% Off). Three Options Available.

Me and My House

Midlothian

Consignment shop stocked with furnishings ranging from large gently used furniture pieces to dishware and jewelry

$30 $14

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Women's and Men's Apparel and Accessories at Best Friend's Closet (Up to 65% Off)

Best Friend's Closet

Stafford

Selection of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories includes t-shirts, jerseys, tops, shoes, and purses

$50 $20

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E-Cig Vapor Liquids or Devices at The Vapor Reserve (Up to 50% Off)

The Vapor Reserve

Kingwood

E-cig and vapor experts offering a curated selection of high-end liquids and quality hardware within refined environs

$22 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Services at Katy Pharmacy

Katy Pharmacy

Houston

The pharmacy's services include vaccinations, custom compounding, blood and saliva tests, and health seminars

$30 $15

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$32 for $50 Worth of Women's Clothing — Crafters From The Heart

Crafters From The Heart

Levelland

Clothing for women and children; we also have plus sizes up to 3X

$50 $32

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Smoking and Tobacco Accessories at Live Oak Liquors and Smoke Shop (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Live Oak Liquors and Smoke Shop

Live Oak

Variety of smoking and tobacco accessories, such as glass and water pipes, cigar cutters, mixers, e-juices, and vaporizers

$40 $20

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$10 for $20 Worth of E-Cigarette Liquids and Supplies at Skyline Vapor

Skyline Vapor

Addison

Tobacco-lovers puff smokeless electronic cigarettes with flavors such as cream and melon or pineapple-coconut

$20 $10

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$52 for $95 Worth of Home Accessories — Stone Creations of Texas

Stone Creations Of Texas

Tomball

From the merchant: Initial boulder, engraved into the stone for an elegant look, stone size approximately 12x12x5, sizes and shapes vary

$95 $52

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$10 for $20 Groupon — Head to Toe Beauty & Skincare

Head To Toe Beauty & Skincare

San Antonio North

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $10

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$6 for $10 Worth of Services at Penny Stretchers Resale Shop

Penny Stretchers Resale Shop

Webster

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $6

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E-cigarettes and Accessories at The Vapor House (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

The Vapor House

Whitewright

E-cigarettes and accessories, including starter kits, e-liquids in a variety of flavors, and wicks and coils

$20 $10

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$11 for $22 Worth of Jewelry — www.jabsjewels.com

Jabs

Houston

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$22 $11

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Bridal-Gown or Sweet 16–Dress Purchase or Rental or Gown Cleaning at Charmed Wear Boutique (Up to 60% Off)

Charmed Wear Boutique

San Antonio

Elegant bridal gowns and bright quinceañera and Sweet 16 dresses available for purchase or rental

$600 $299

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Ballpark in Arlington Seats and Bottoms from The Cowboy House (55% Off). 5 Options Available.

The Cowboy House

Lake Dallas

Seat bottoms with images and complete seats taken from The Ballpark in Arlington

$350 $159

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$20 for $40 Worth of Refurbished Cell Phones and Accessories at BestBuyCells.com

BestBuyCells.com

Northwest Austin

Gently used, thoroughly tested cell phones and smart phones available without contract

$40 $20

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Teen Apparel and Accessories at Inertia Productions Video & Photography (55% Off)

Blazing The Runway Fashion Show

Cultural District

Tickets to Blazing the Runway Fashion show on October 11th in Fort Worth; proceeds benefit abused and battered women.

$40 $18

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Consignment Clothing at The Label Exchange (60% Off). Two Options Available.

The Label Exchange

El Paso

Boutique clothing and accessories by brand-name designers such as Michael Kors, Coach, and Oakley

$30 $12

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$7.50 for Knife Sharpening at Nuts and Bolts Hardware ($15 Value)

Nuts and Bolts Hardware

Arlington

Techs make quick work of dulled knives, restoring a keen edge

$15 $7.50

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Smart Phone Accessories at InsaneCellular.com (50% Off). Two Options Available.

InsaneCellular.com

Plano

Tech outfitters stock cell-phone accouterments, including cases for iPhone, Samsung, HTC, and LG phones

$20 $10

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$20 for $40 Worth of Women's Fashion Apparel, Statement Jewelry, and Shoes at Accessory Touch

Accessory Touch

Preston Smith

Boutique stocks on-trend statement jewelry, tank tops, sandals, and scarves adorned with edgy details such as studs and animal prints

$40 $20

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$13 for $25 Worth of Nutritional Supplements at Total Nutrition

Total Nutrition

Amarillo

Supplement superstore offers products for men and women, as well as those looking to build muscle or lose weight

$25 $13

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Men or Women's Perfume Body Oils at Superior II Fragrances (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

​​​Superior II Fragrances

Lake Ridge Village

Shop that educates and inspires women and men to find the ideal scent for their body chemistry, everything from Burberrys to Coach Poppy

$20 $10

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New and Pre-Owned Women's Clothing at Second Evolution (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Second Evolution-Mckinney

Stonebridge Ranch

Contemporary casual wear, formal wear, and accessories from the fashion world’s most popular brands

$30 $15

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Contemporary Furniture at NIU Urban Living (Up to 66% Off). Two Options Available.

NIU Urban Living

Multiple Locations

A collection of modern furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and offices includes a tufted headboard and frosted-glass tables

$100 $39

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$300 for $600 Groupon — The Hair Boutique

The Hair Boutique Beauty Supply

Pearland

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$600 $300

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Gems and Jewelry or Custom Jewelry Design at American Blue Diamonds (50% Off)

American Blue Diamonds

Cedar Park

Browse a 3,500 sq. ft. shop specializing in custom jewelry, repairs, appraisals, as well as an array of earrings, rings, and necklaces

$100 $50

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Wood Furnishings at The Old Galveston Trading Company (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Old Galveston Trading Company

Galveston

Wooden benches, sculptures, and hutches carved from Indonesian teak

$20 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Monogramming at Tees into Treasures by Mominizer

Tees into Treasures by Mominizer

Grapevine

Monograms are embroidered on fabric items within seven days

$20 $10

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$99 for $180 Worth of Makeup — FACES

Facesbymel

Fairfield At Grant Road

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$180 $99

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$50 for $99 Worth of Computer Software — Improve My Credit GPS

Improve My Credit Gps

Humble

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$99 $50

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$249 or $399 Toward Furniture from Princeton Furniture

Princeton Furniture

Katy

Staff members curate furnishings for dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms, along with rugs, lamps, and throw pillows

$249 $87

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$30 for $60 Worth of Electronic Cigarettes at Tobacco Express

Tobacco Express

Multiple Locations

E-cigarettes provide flavorful puffs of nicotine without the smoke or ash of traditional cigarettes

$60 $30

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Anti-Shock Screen Protection Package for a Smart Phone or iPad at Cellz Emporium (Up to 76% Off)

Cellz Emporium

Multiple Locations

Tech wizards install an advanced anti-shock screen protector system with 98% transparency to protect phone or tablet screens from shattering

$30 $8

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While many children learn by performing hands-on tasks, school systems have yet to figure out how to incorporate gardens, imagination workshops, and towering aqueduct mazes into their budgets. With 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, the Children's Museum of Houston sparks creativity by allowing kids to explore 14 learning stations. Ranked No. 1 among the 10 best children's museums in the nation by Parents magazine, named one of the 12 best children's museums in the country by Forbes.com and one of the 10 best by USA TODAY, and voted Best Museum in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by the Houston A-List Poll, the museum has accrued a lot of praise. The Huffington Post has also given a nod to the Children's Museum of Houston, which encourages children to explore their curious nature with a variety of interactive exhibits. Exhibits include the interactive EcoStation, a solar-powered outdoor utopia with activities such as stream creation and leaf rubbing that inspire kids to think about environmental responsibility. At the Invention Convention workshop, kids can explore engineering possibilities with building blocks, propellers, and even basic robotics. The sprawling cityscape of Kidtropolis invites children to participate in a simulated economy. The experience requires them to earn paychecks, budget money on pretend debit cards, vote for political candidates, and learn how to obsessively check milk expiration dates at the onsite grocery store.

1500 Binz St.
Houston,
TX
US

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

849 E Commerce St
San Antonio,
TX
US

Though Casie Caldwell loved posh restaurant salads, she couldn’t afford to eat them on a regular basis. And casual salad bars, though inexpensive, were too often stocked with limp iceberg lettuce and tasteless tomatoes. Frustrated by this state of affairs, Casie quit her corporate job and opened Greenz, where she filled reasonably priced salads with gourmet ingredients such as brie, portobello mushrooms, and daikon. Her hard work quickly paid off; Greenz’s tasty, healthy food drew a wealth of media attention from the likes of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Business Journal, and Examiner.com. Soon, Casie was launching additional Greenz locations across the state.

Although their menus vary slightly, each of these spots draws diners in with fresh ingredients in creative combinations. Goat cheese and crumbled bacon rest on foundations of mesclun greens, baby spinach, and chopped romaine. Hawaiian influences come out in a salad topped with pineapple and seared ahi tuna, and Asian flavors yield a medley of panko-breaded shrimp, daikon, and wasabi peas. Diners can also design their own salads or transform them into wraps that, like babies born during a blanket shortage, are snugly swaddled in tortillas. The menu also extends to meatier options, such as a barbecued-pork sandwich or the turkey-chili soup featured on CBS DFW’s list of the Best Bread Bowls in DFW.

4023 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas,
TX
US

Andrea Martin founded Jackie's Play & Stay so no dog owner would have to endure the same experience she had after boarding her four-year-old border collie, Jackie. After dropping her off on a Friday, Andrea picked an ill Jackie up on Sunday. Her rapidly declining health suggested some form of poisoning, and she soon passed. Determined not to let Jackie's death be in vain, she founded a daycare and boarding facility where owners could feel secure every time they parted with their best friends.

Today, Andrea and her caretakers earn owners' and dogs' trust by getting to know each four-legged guest individually to ease their transitions in and out of Jackie's Play & Stay. They also keep the 14,000-square-foot facility meticulously clean, using disinfectants that target canine viruses and fungi. Believing that a tired dog is a happy dog, the staff supervises indoor and outdoor play and socializing. They provide small dogs with their own play space, and welcome dogs to relax on their own if that's what they prefer. The facility’s suites for overnighters are climate-controlled, with dog beds and relaxing music that plays through the night. The staff also encourages owners to leave their pets with a familiar item, such as a favorite blanket or the neighborhood fire hydrant. Beyond daycare and boarding, Jackie's Play & Stay extends to grooming and training, where dogs learn everything from basic obedience to how to drive stick. Today, Andrea and her caretakers earn owners' and dogs' trust by getting to know each four-legged guest individually to ease their transitions in and out of Jackie's Play & Stay. They also keep the 14,000-square-foot facility meticulously clean, using disinfectants that target canine viruses and fungi. Believing that a tired dog is a happy dog, the staff supervises indoor and outdoor play and socializing. They provide small dogs with their own play space, and welcome dogs to relax on their own if that's what they prefer. The facility’s suites for overnighters are climate-controlled, with dog beds and relaxing music that plays through the night. The staff also encourages owners to leave their pets with a familiar item, such as a favorite blanket or the neighborhood fire hydrant. Beyond daycare and boarding, Jackie's Play & Stay extends to grooming and training, where dogs learn everything from basic obedience to how to drive stick.

3822 Airport Boulevard
Austin,
TX
US

Part-time personal chef Steven Bailey was growing tired of bland, industrially processed food. As detailed by D Magazine, Steven was determined to do something about his frustration, so he hit the road one weekend in his Volkswagen Rabbit and began scouring Texas farms and markets for fresher ingredients. The more organic, locally grown food he brought back, the more friends and neighbors started requesting some for themselves. The growing demand led Steven to start Urban Acres, where customers can track down organic produce, dairy, and grass-fed meats from local farmers and artisans who never use pesticides, hormones, artificial flavoring, or shoddy magnetic force fields.

As a member of Urban Acres, members pick large, medium, or small shares of organic fruits and veggies, as well as meat, coffee, and granola shares if desired. Urban Acres also sells locally grown grub to members and nonmembers alike at its Oak Cliff Farmstead, which D Magazine says "brings a bit of country to the big city." There, visitors can find shelves and counters fashioned from reclaimed wood, a bee colony on the roof, and produce snuggled in boxes of hay. Urban Acres also offers hands-on educational opportunities to learn about small-scale urban farming.

845 Foch St.
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Con’s Organic Spa owner Con Ciecko isn't just an expert in the beauty industry. She's also a reiki master and a medical tattoo technician. These specialties, along with her education and training at Michigan and California institutes, have prepared her to execute services that both beautify and relax her clients. Besides kneading muscles with several massage modalities, she cleanses skin with organic facials, bronzes limbs with airbrush tanning, and administers makeup applications for weddings or black-tie viewings of TV weddings. Joined by a skilled staff that includes her daughter Kiya, a massage therapist and nail technician, Ciecko infuses her new spa confines with a welcoming and personable vibe as she helps her clients develop their own signature looks.

720 S Stanton St
El Paso,
TX
US