Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters has been equipping hikers, backpackers, runners, and snow-sporters with top-quality gear for nearly 30 years. The outdoorsmen's paradise hosts a backcountry bounty of quality brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Asics, Merrell, Bogner, Burton, Kjus, UGG, and Keen. The staff of knowledgeable gear gurus will walk you through the finer points of carabineers versus catfish while pairing you with the perfect Arc'teryx Rampart pants ($99) to wear to this year’s family reunion. Prep for a frosty weekend getaway with a pair of SmartWool socks ($12.95), get some street cred from rival granola gangsters in your microvelour TKA 1/4 zip from The North Face ($55), or load your Osprey Atmos backpack ($199) full of steaks and introduce yourself to your region's newest bobcat colony.
Taipei China Bistro's chefs mix up an eclectic menu of sushi, seafood, noodles, and traditional Chinese dishes. Start the taste tour with a deep-fried Vietnamese egg roll ($6.99), four honey-glazed barbecue ribs ($9.29), or six Taipei pork dumplings ($5.99). Fans of delicate seafood can cheer for more than 35 sushi options, including spicy salmon rolls ($6.25) or the spurs roll prepared with shrimp tempura, avocado, tuna, salmon, eel, masago, and scallions ($13.95).
The beauty pros at Nuova Pelle Skin Clinic keep birthday suits smooth and sleek with an array of anti-aging and laser-hair-removal services. Beauty injections smooth wrinkle muscles for months on end, while HydraPeel exfoliation treatments strip away the effects of sun damage and time. The Lumenis LightSheer laser banishes unwanted fuzz from all types of skin better than a razor or fleet of tiny lawnmowers.
At Victory Medical Center, a friendly pharmacy teams up with a shop of natural health helpers and a café filled with wholesome treats. Lined with salads and sandwiches, the café's menu fuels visitors with fruits, veggies, and other healthy eats. Instead of bedazzling diners' slacks, the Fancy Pants salad pairs sweet and savory with a medley of pears, honey-roasted pecans, and gorgonzola cheese ($6.99) . Top a spinachy Strawberry Intent salad with one of eight dressings, such as ranch or poppyseed vinaigrette, or a sprinkling of heartfelt promises ($6.99). Guests can build sandwiches with trios of veggies and a choice of meat and cheese ($3.59 for a small; $6.59 for a large), or team a half-sandwich with a half-salad for an edible lesson on fractions ($6.59).
Men's Wellness Center of Austin caters exclusively to men with preventive care and wellness services that combine with spa treatments to ensure men of all ages maintain their youthful vitality. The center's physician, Dr. David Weiler, a neuroradiologist, became interested in men's health issues about a decade ago, and, in particular, in the theory that hormonal and wellness therapies could be used to improve men's health.
After noticing how well women responded to similar therapies, he decided to use those same techniques, including hormone optimization, health testing, and vitamin- and nutritional-supplement therapy, to help men to combat aging, curb weight gain, and prevent midlife crises sparked by looking at old pictures of preschool glory days.