Burleson never ceases to amaze me. Not only does this town have the cheapest gas around, usually 20 cents per gallon less than Fort Worth, but Burleson now has a gas station with a gourmet farmers market, specializing in organic fruits and vegetables. Also stocked are specialty teas, coffees, grains, rice, and meat alternatives such as tofu. You can also get a lovely lunch from their selection of salads and specialty sandwiches and drinks. Also available are: vitamins and nutritional supplements, plants, a car wash, and other little necessities.
I started taking my daughter to the Emler Swim School in Arlington when she was 3 years old. She loved it! The instructors are very patient and use a lot of back patting, praise, and some M&Ms to encourage students. My daughter was never pushed or made to do anything she did not want to do, and she was reassured because she could see me watching her through the glass partition. After the lesson, she loved going down the water slide, and showering off underneath the palm tree.The facilities are clean, very colorful, and kid friendly. Lessons are 1/2 hour long and classes are small. Private lessons are also available. Emler has lessons for children as young as 6 months, as well as adult swim lessons.The facilities are all indoors and can be rented for b-day parties. Prices are reasonable and the instruction is priceless.
I love Prairie Thyme in Old Town Burleson. It is a cozy little boutique filled with knick knacks, clothing, specialty soaps and candles, and various little items to accent your home or add a little pleasure to your life. Purchases are always put in pretty, decorated bags, with accent tissue. Not critical to shopping, but I love special, personal little touches when I go trolling for bargains and impulse buying items. Name brand items include: Yankee Candles, Brighton leather goods, Crabtree and Evelyn, and many more. I really like shopping there, especially when the owner will dicker with me and cut prices. I got a 40% reduction on a gorgeous Brighton handbag because I asked if there were any sale items. The owner promptly scanned her wares and lined up a nice selection for me. What more can you ask for in a store than a lovely array of fun and indulgent merchandise wrapped in pretty bags and an on request sale? I can't wait to go back.
I went into Plato's Closet because a friend of mine got a really good deal on a Coach leather purse. The store does have a good selection of nice, trendy accessories, purses, and shoes. Prices are good. However, as a 43 year old woman, I was not too excited about the clothing selection. The selection is for the under 25 crowd---and mostly the in shape under 25 crowd. For fit, teens, though, this is a shopping mecca. My 12 year old daughter would have a blast, but a lot of the clothing is a bit too figure revealing for her. Frankly, I like the store. I am just too durn old for a lot of the clothing. Love the shoes and accessories, though.
I am a science teacher who volunteers at summer camps for professional development credit. I took my daughter with me to the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp in San Marcos. We had a blast learning about fresh water ecology, watersheds, common freshwater invertebrates, freshwater conservation, fresh water field tests, and more. We also got to test fresh water using the same techniques specialists in the field use. Further, went on a glass bottom boat tour of Aquarena Springs. We also went to Sea World in San Antonio, practiced scuba diving in a swimming pool, hunted for and examined specimens and just generally went from dawn until dusk...and loved it.
Camp tuition is $595 for the week. Students stay in dorms at San Marcos State University and eat at the cafeteria or in local restaurants. All food and activities are included in the fee.
I have used Dan's pharmacy for a couple of years, and really enjoy the small town feel of a neighborhood pharmacy that is not associated with a major grocery store nor is a major chain itself. What I like best, though, is getting my prescriptions filled in 10 minutes or less. The prescription prices are comparable to the major chain pharmacies. However, other items are a bit more expensive. I can't imagine paying $9 for an ice bag. Candy and soft drinks are on part with convenience stores. Still, Dan does sell powdered sulfur for insect relief. I like non standard items in a store. There is also a drive thru service and flu and pneumonia shots are available. Hours are a bit shorter than the major chains, but I always felt I got more personalized service.
I have been using Burleson Family Medical Center since 1999. Dr. Nelon and Dr. Thomas are compassionate and quite personable. Frequently, they have given me free samples for my prescriptions and coupons for discounted prescriptions, as well. They also provide referrals for specialists, and I have never been disappointed. Further, you can receive medical attention without an appointment. Instead of waiting, you can request a beeper and run errands until your appointment. After the beeper beeps, you have 15 minutes to contact or get to the clinic. They have weekend and evening hours.
Creative Memories has been my favorite cake place since 1988, when they were located on Pipeline in Hurst. Their cakes are the tastiest this woman with a hard core sweet tooth has ever eaten. The cakes are moist, dense, and rich. Even better is the icing, which is thick and creamy. It doesn't taste at all like the grocery store icing that is fluffy and kind of waxy. What I like best, though, is the artistry in their specialty cakes. Over the years, I have ordered a teapot cake, an airplane shaped cake, a cake hand frosted to look like a USPS love stamp (the one with the cherub), a Loch Ness Lake cake I put the monster on, a Rainbow Fish cake (hand copied from a page in the book) and numerous others. Creative Memories also has balloon bouquets, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, bridal cakes, and other goodies.
I am on a very tight budget but needed to get a dining room table and chairs, and I did not want to purchase something that screamed, "She can't afford much!" So, I went to Tale of Two Settees, a consignment and designer discount furniture store and found what I wanted in about ten minutes, a beautiful glass topped solid wood country French table with lots of detail and an attached cabinet. I also got $150 knocked off the price! I was further surprised by the prices of two wood end tables I saw. Both were under $40 each. In addition to a large selection of living, dining, and bedroom furniture, there are several pieces of children's furniture and various knick knacks, baskets, and candles. All of the furniture looks new (some is) or "gently worn". Sherry also takes requests and is looking for a small writing desk for me. She has pictures of some of her pieces for sale at www.interiorconsignment.com. Hmmm, the oversized chair and matching ottoman look tempting.
I was really disappointed with my dining experience at Red Hot and Blue in North Richland Hills. Although the restaurant was not very crowded, my date and I were seated right next to a big family party, complete with restless tots. Not the best place to put a couple on a date. Our waitress was nowhere in sight and we had to prompt a nearby waiter just to get her over to our table. She brought out our drinks quickly enough, but brought no bread until we requested it with our meal. The bread was actually biscuits, not my favorite with dinner. Also, the biscuits were sweet and would have competed with the barbecue sauce had we dipped them into it. Unfortunately, there was very little sauce put on my brisket order. Yes, there are bottles on the table, but who wants room temp bbq sauce? I should have tried it, though. The brisket was dry, lacking in flavor, and somewhat tough. The food was overpriced for the portion size and quality. The manager came over and gave us a free appetizer card for our next visit. Any takers out there? My date gave it to me, and I don't want it.