For more than 75 years, Shipley's Do-Nuts has served up hot and fresh hand-cut donuts daily from Lawrence Shipley's time-tested recipe. Currently furnishing more than 60 varieties of fried ambrosia to donut disciples, Shipley's Do-Nuts creates three types of craveable crowns for the taking ($5.95/dozen glazed, $6.55/dozen mixed). The traditional yeast donut's everyday attire is a glaze coating, but it entertains a closetful of options, including curve-enhancing nuts, sequin-like sprinkles, and black-tie appropriate chocolate icing for attending formal french-bread balls. Filled yeast donuts protect their secret stash of cream or fruit with a sweet glaze force field, while denser—but not dumber—cake donuts aid rough morning wake-up calls by operating as portable pillows perfect for commuting or by sliding into stomachs in icing, glaze, sprinkles, or au naturel.
The perfect combination of flowers, plants, and landscaping can drastically transform the look of a home—something that P.J. Whitehouse, the owner of Heights Plant Farm, knows firsthand. When searching for a business location, she eschewed the traditional storefront and instead purchased an old house. She then transformed this building's front and back yards into a sea of flowers, potted plants, and trees.
To help customers make over their own yards, P.J. and her staff design landscapes for free, creating the perfect arrangement of flowers, trees, and plants. And to ensure these new residents live healthy lives, they run a deliver-and-dig program. With this service, gardeners will deliver, plant, and potty train each customer's chosen flora.
While plants dominate the outdoors, P.J. devotes her business's interior to handcrafted jewelry, locally produced honey, and relaxation aids. She also stocks the works of local artists.
For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
With a new-trampoline smell still fresh in the recently opened, indoor jump center's air, bouncers somersault and catapult across Cosmic Jump’s 29,000-square-foot of arenas. Four lanes run the length of the main trampoline area, with angled pads at the ends and, in the center, a high vault called The Summit that can only be cleared by heroic bounds or hitching a ride on a mountain goat. After dark, Cosmic Jump transforms into a glowing jump zone as a premium sound system blasts music, with LED black lights and colorful lights pulsing to the beat. Trampolines also host body-sculpting boot camps, dodge-ball classes, and Latin cardio dance classes designed to strengthen the core. Cosmic jump also hosts a wide variety of special events and birthday parties.
Rich-colored wood and contemporary metal frames find their purpose at Creative Framing & Mirrors as the shop's artisans mold pieces to fit customers' cherished keepsakes. A framer chooses from a selection of more than 2,000 frames, including those with intricate designs and hidden compartments to store backup photos, which complain less loudly than backup quarterbacks. Photographs, childhood keepsakes, and stamp collections can look even more attractive with personalized interiors that boast vibrant colors, fun shapes, and fitted borders.
Not content to stick to framing services alone, Creative Framing & Mirrors artisans can also transmit images or photographs onto small or large stretched canvases. Staff members employ their tech-savvy to operate a large-scale printer and then carefully tug the subject from all corners to stretch it to an ideal size.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.