Of all of the dry cleaning companies that I have used over the years, Avalon Dry Cleaners stands out as the best. Not only do the clothes come out looking perfect every time, but their customer service is top-notch too.
In addition to their special promotions and dry cleaning coupons, we have benefitted from their integrity. When Jonathan has left things in his pockets or had a broken button, they took care of it right away, without charge and without complaint.
Everyone there is always ready with a smile and a helping hand – Avalon has a 24-hour drop-off bin, will bring your clothes out to your car when it’s done, and even has a FREE pick-up/delivery service to your home! They will text you when your clothes are ready, have a mobile app to schedule pick up and delivery, and offer same-day service.
There is no place better!
Avalon Dry Cleaners
23010 Seven Meadows Parkway
Suite D — Katy, TX 77494
Monday-Friday – 7 AM – 7 PM
Saturday – 8 AM – 5 PM
Sunday – Closed
I just informed my husband of where I would like to have dinner in December to celebrate our thirty-first wedding anniversary – Cafe Rabelais! It is located in Rice Village at 2442 Times Blvd in Houston. I even know exactly what I will order – Steak & Frites made with Black Truffle and Cognac Cream. And, for dessert, Profiteroles which are Puff Pastries served with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce and Nuts. Their portions were very generous! And, how do I know this? I just enjoyed this wonderful meal there with my daughter, Nina! Cafe Rabelais offers an extensive menu of French cuisine as well as wines including Escargots, Lemon Sole Meunière and Margret de Canard.
What is equally interesting is the name of this establishment, “Cafe Rabelais.” Francois Rabelais (c. 1483 – 1553), was a French writer, priest and medical doctor. He went by the pseudonym, Alcofribas Nasier, and published “Gargantua,” a series of satirical books. The first of these books was entitled, “Pantagruel,” in which he coined the expression, “parce que rire est le propre de l’homme” translated “because laughter is the characteristic of man.” This has also been interpreted to mean, “eat, drink and be merry.” In addition, in his book he wrote this inscription on the gate of Rabelais’ “Abbey of Theleme,” “Fay ce que vouldras” which means “Do what thou wilt.” Cafe Rabelais is the perfect setting to do just that!
2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
I randomly discovered Ms. Scott’s blog over a year ago, enjoyed it, and subsequently purchased and read her first book. I initially thought, “Jennifer would be a perfect friend for my daughter, Laura! They have so much in common!” She is a young, married mom with a career… all of which she strives to balance with a positive attitude and class. I quickly realized, however, that even though I am much older than Ms. Scott, many of her lifestyle ideas resonate with me as well, and I have introduced some of them into my life. As a result of reading her book I have:
– tried to grow an orchid (with success!);
– took a trip to Paris;
– organized my closet by season and created a daily wear section;
– watched several French movies; and,
– listened to assorted classical music.
Her new book, “At Home With Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life” is no less inspirational. It also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive attitude even when faced with seemingly mundane tasks, and offers many specific suggestions to enhance one’s daily life, some of which are:
– growing African Violets and ferns;
– de-cluttering your home; and,
– daily rituals to avoid frumpiness.
The book is divided into two major sections each of which are subdivided into smaller sections, offering daily doable practical tips. She even incorporates some of her favorite recipes, musical selections, and candles, all of which I am eager to try. Jennifer assists us with putting in place systems that allow us to focus on enjoying the here and now so that we may live life more fully! I highly recommend both of her books!
Ask most women what they would like for a gift and a new handbag almost always pops up alongside a new piece of jewelry.
As a young girl I remember traveling with my mother from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the “D” train to Lord & Taylor Department Store’s annual handbag sale. We would arrive at the store and spend hours sorting through all of the sale bags and ultimately end up with a handbag that was either brown or black (only one new bag per year!), leather, and mine had a shoulder strap while Mom’s had a traditional top handle.
So what makes certain handbags so irresistible?
Exclusivity for one. Everyone wants a bag that is, by virtue of its price, or the number available for sale, deemed exclusive. Think Chanel, Hermes or Louis Vuitton.
Another factor is utility. What are one’s current needs? Do you need a cross-body in order to be hands free,a clutch for evenings, or a bag to place on your arm that is functional yet stylish?
Other considerations in the selection process include color, shape, size, and materials. Black, brown or red? Rectangular or a sack? Large, small or medium? Leather or cloth?
All of these factors come into play when deciding upon the newest addition to your current collection. Above all, it is an opportunity to express your individuality and personality. But beware! You will be judged by the handbag you carry!
My three year old granddaughter LOVES tortilla chips with salsa. I recently bought Wright’s of Texas Fresh Red Salsa for her, only to find out that it is made right here in Katy, Texas! What a pleasant surprise!
Carina, our salsa expert, thinks it is delicious! It is all natural and has no artificial preservatives or added sugar. It can be found in HEB locally or ordered from wrightsoftexas.com.
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