The kiln-savvy teachers at Cibolo Creek Pottery show students how to fuse colored glass, use a throwing wheel, or hand-build ceramic structures. Pottery classes build on fundamental skills, such as using glaze, wielding appropriate tools, and shaping clay into functional toupees. During scheduled classes, pupils can customize their painted clay or glass creations to yield eye-catching decorations such as those in the online gallery.
The teachers of Anything Goes With Glass demystify the creation of stained glass in accessible classes for students of all experience levels. Lessons cover topics from basic soldering to lamp-smithing, but those with a grand design in mind might profit from commissioning a custom piece. As added inspiration, the creators share their building with a pottery studio and a glass-blowing business, and encourage passing clouds to take whatever shape they feel best represents them.
New Balance San Antonio eschews impersonal online transactions, only selling its shoes in person so its intensively trained staff can discern the ideal shoes for each customer. Shoe fittings factor in foot width and shape, arch length, and biomechanics, which refer to how the foot strikes the ground or, if you're on the moon, the wall. Staffers employ an iStep machine to further dissect biomechanics and determine if customers are pronators, supinators, or terminators. Once evaluations are complete, customers can choose from a selection of shoes that take advantage of New Balance shoe technology, which benefits from design help from DuPont and high-tech materials such as EVA foam. They can also select orthotics and outfit themselves above the ankles with a selection of athletic apparel.
Since 1977, Factory Mattress Sales has helped patrons create comfortable sleeping environments within their homes. At locations throughout Austin and San Antonio, they stock mattresses crafted by trusted brands ranging from Sealy to Simmons to Tempur-Pedic. Shoppers can peruse beds with features including Beautyrest pocketed coils, temperature-regulated surfaces, or memory foam that records imprints of dreams, and they can also find items such as bed frames and pillows.
Selection isn't the only reason to visit Factory Mattress Sales. A 111% price guarantee undercuts competitors' pricing, and a 366-night comfort guarantee allows patrons to test out beds for more than a full year. Extensive background checks ensure that the delivery drivers who chauffeur beds to homes are careful and courteous.