I had a wonderful experience with Liberation Gluten Free- Bakery. Angela, the owner, not only bakes some delicious goods, she is as nice and accommodating as a business owner can be. Let me paint a picture. I'm fairly new to Houston and my fiance and I are both gluten free and dairy free. 2/14/14 was not only Valentine's day, but also my girls Birthday! So, a big day for celebration and I, at the last minute, realize I need a cake that's not easy to come by. Time and skills did not lend to baking my own, so I scowered the web looking for a G free bakery. I came across the usuals, Gluten Fee Nation and such, but none were able to whip me up anything last minute on V-Day... understandable. I got Angela on the phone at 8am in the morning, explained my situation. She did not have the bandwidth to create a cake, but she offered to provide a batch of cupcakes for our Birthday celebration. We settled on Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, and she frosted them in her favorite color, blue, with some festive colorful sprinkles on top. They were delicious and made my fiance very happy at dinner that night. In fact, I've heard her mention the cupcakes to friends/family numerous times since. Another really cool thing is Angela works out of her home, which I appreciate. It is accessible right off of a major road and home baking is definitely a cleaner atmosphere. She also had no problem with me picking them up at 7:30 pm that night from battling Houston traffic. So accommodating! When I went to pick them up I was greeted by her husband, invited in to see the family (children) and treated very well. I tried not to take up anymore of their Friday night, but they didn't seem to mind and saw me off with kind words. I've said it all, but based on this experience I highly recommend Liberation, and 100% support small businesses like this---for all these reasons! Thanks Angela!
This is a recently opened massage business on Westheimer run by Lilly, a Thai lady, one of the most genuinely nicest people I've the pleasure of meeting in the years I've been getting massages in Houston. She just now opened her own shop after several years at another highly rated shop here in Houston. I was a client of her's at her previous shop for the last 3 to 4 years. Obviously her massages are excellent or I wouldn't have followed this lady from her previous employer. She is excellent at her craft of massage. She knows and is competent in many massage modalities. Personally I've tried several massages; Swedish, Thai, Lomi-Lomi and have settled on one they call Fusion Massage which incorporates elements from several modalities, very relaxing. Lilly and her staff excel equally well at relaxation or deep tissue hard massages. I am impressed with the new facility on Westheimer. It is beautifully decorated and a quality facility. Nothing cheap feeling at this new location. It has that extra atmosphere which adds a special element making the occasion so very relaxing. Women and men should feel equally at comfort here. A plus for me is the fact it is a massage only shop and I don't have to walk in past a bunch of women getting their hair or nails done. (A guy thing.) Also it has a very nice quality shower facility. If you enjoy an excellent massage, relaxing atmosphere, and a personable therapist I just can't imagine Reela Thai not becoming your new favorite place for massage. I hate to come off as going overboard but I've wasted too much time and money on poor massages to not to get excited about a place I get value and service and where I get a sense of genuine welcome the minute I walk in the door.
I enjoy having access to a decent beauty supply when I want to pamper myself, prepare for events or nights out with friends. It was nice to see a beauty supply that caters to ethnic women in my neighborhood without having to travel miles across the city to find quality product or variety. Before you enter the store, you can see everything at street view, an inviting spectrum of hair goodies and accessories are abundant from the moment you open the door. I visited the store on a day that left me short on time, and even thought I was overwhelmed with so many styles and lengths (as it does not help that I am feverishly indecisive) I found something on the fly in under 20 minutes. The clerk was more than helpful, sprightly assisting this lost one in selecting the right style and color. Finally, I have something to look forward to without having to go far out of my way to acquire some spoils. A beauty supply that beats corporate cookie-cutter franchises is right around the corner (at least for me). Smack dab in the middle of Highway 6 (two lights south of West Little York Rd, two lights north of Keith Harrow Blvd), I give it 5*s just for being a stop on the way home.