Vibeage – 10305 Quaker Ave. | 806.368.7074
Vibeage (n.) – a collection of tangible representations of one’s personality as expressed to and felt by others. OK, got it. Vibeage is not only a word that Ruby Gabler made and defined herself, but it’s the trademarked name of her newest venture with her Texas Tech alum husband. After three years of owning and operating The Blue Bonnet in Midland, the couple decided Lubbock was truly where their heart was. They made the move north, rebranding their clothing boutique and opening up shop on South Quaker.
The upscale, relaxing vibe greets you as soon as you walk in. Vibeage is the exclusive Lubbock retailer for Principle, Black Orchid and Dear John, and the boutique can clothe just about any woman in fresh, edgy threads. In just a few short days of being open, Ruby said she’s pleased to already see a diverse clientele coming through her doors.
The Rack House – 7604 Milwaukee Ave. | 806.562.2141
Steaks, barbecue and bourbon: That’s what you’ll find at Lubbock’s new rustically elegant dining experience, The Rack House. The locally owned restaurant covers the spectrum of food you’d expect to find on a Texas menu, with each plate presented with finesse. Most importantly, they are keeping it all local, from the ranchers and farmers to the wine and web designers – even the craftsmen who made the tables are local.
There’s a long list of qualities that make The Rack House a unique place. For one, it’s the only grill-your-own-steak option in West Texas, which will be available soon. We started the meal with some Man Candy (I couldn’t pass that up), which are maple bourbon glazed hunks of bacon. I don’t think I need to elaborate any on how delicious it was. Though there were plenty of beef options for dinner, seeing as they boast their local ingredients, I went all-out West Texas with the Pecan Crusted Quail covered in maple bourbon cream gravy. Wow, just wow. We finished off the meal with a flight of Texas bourbons for dessert, which takes me to the next part.
Separate but connected to the dining room is The Rack House’s bourbon bar. This is where the fireworks start – literally. Just watch above to see how they make their signature old fashioned. They do it right. If you want to expand your palate beyond the typical, go-to whiskeys, the friendly bar staff will steer you toward some tasty alternatives. As I mentioned, they have bourbon flights, and they come with detailed tasting notes so you can compare side by side. If whiskey isn’t your thing, all the taps are craft beers, and all the wines come from local grapes.
FIT The Fitness Boutique – 6701 Aberdeen Ave. | 806.781.2241
There’s not another gym like this in town. Melissa Assiter has been a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer for nearly eight years. After working at various gyms over the years, she wanted to branch out on her own, so FIT The Fitness Boutique opened this summer in Lubbock.
If you want to schedule a workout, you’re first going to need to download the app from the App Store or Google Play store. From booking classes to payment, everything is driven through the app. FIT focuses on keeping its classes small in size, 10 to 12 at most, allowing for a more intimate setting with opportunity for one-on-one time with your trainer. Apart from Pilates, Zumba, barre and stretching classes, FIT has regular boot camps to focus your workout on a particular goal. Drop-in rates cost $12-$15 with a 10-class pass for $100. The unlimited monthly plan includes all classes and boot camps for $120 per month.
FIT specializes in personal training, group fitness, nutritional guidance and meal plans, but what really sets this gym apart is the ability for personal trainers to rent the space to privately train with their own clients.
There are several places we expect to open up in just a couple weeks, so stay tuned for our October New in Lubbock to keep up on all the great businesses opening up around town. Have you seen a new shop that you’d like us to check out? Mention it in the comments below.
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