714 Yale St., Greater Heights
Given our loyalty to nontoxic skin care and makeup, it’s only natural that we love a beauty boutique that checks off certain boxes: clean and luxurious products, transparent labeling, and a great overall message. So when Lemon Laine—a modern beauty boutique with an ethos that revolves around natural, effective, and sustainable products—opened in Houston, we were instant fans. Owner Laura Lemon brings her decade’s worth of beauty industry experience to the shop, in which she stocks some of our favorites, including Kjaer Weis, True Botanicals, and our very own goop skincare. Best yet: The design is clean with bright color—and there’s an oil bar where you can mix bespoke beauty formulas to meet your specific skin needs.
1701 S Shepherd Dr., Montrose
This spa's holistic energy combines traditional Japanese and Egyptian treatments with a little bit of Southern hospitality.
2005 West Gray St., River Oaks
This cycling studio is, in a word, remarkable. The highly trained instructors give you the benefit of intense, focused attention for forty minutes of heart-rate-pumping pedaling.
2303 Dunlavy St., Montrose
Instructor and studio owner Robert Boustany combines his forty years of experience teaching and practicing yoga into a specially crafted practice he calls Pralaya.
Phoenix Rising Acupuncture
2202 W. Alabama St., Greenway/Upper Kirby
Licensed acupuncturist Lori J. Earley thinks of the human body as "just the tip of the iceberg" when it comes to balancing her patients' discomfort and pain.
714 Yale St., Uptown
Maryam Naderi introduced Houston to the nontoxic manicure in 2016 with Paloma, the very first salon in the city to ditch the chemicals for five-free nail polish (formulas that contain no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, resin, or camphor).
milk + honey
2800 Kirby Dr., Greenway/Upper Kirby
If you're in need of a wax, a fast facial, a mani-pedi, or just about any self-care moment you can imagine, Milk + Honey is the spot.
Steel City Pops
420 E 20th St., The Heights
Disguised as a throwback to the ice pops of your youth, Steel City pops are actually a serious upgrade.
Tacos Tierra Caliente
2003 W. Alabama St., Montrose
Also referred to as "the taco Truck outside West Alabama Ice House," Tierra Caliente is another runner-up for best tacos in Houston.
3945 Richmond Ave., Greenway/Upper Kirby
Czech immigrants left their culinary mark on Texas back in the 1800s with the gift of the kolache—a bite-size pastry filled with something sweet or savory.
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