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West End Bicycles

Located near the bustling Memorial Park, West End Bicycles is a full service bicycle sales and repair shop. West End deals in Surly, Specialized, and a variety of other brands and is the only dealer of electric-assisted bikes in town. The shop also offers a large selection of steel frame bikes and has been in business for 28 years at …

Tri On the Run

Tri on the Run is the oldest triathlon specialty store in the Houston area, catering to multi-sport athletes for over 7 years. It is also the only specific triathlon specialty store and offers the largest selection of triathlon bikes and equipment. As any triathlete knows, the amount of gear required to train for three sports can be a bit overwhelming. …

Terry Hershey Park

Terry Hershey Park offers five miles of continuous paved trail, stretching from the Elkridge Parkway to the Sam Houston Tollway, but side trails will add on an additional 7 miles for a total of 12. The path, which follows Buffalo Bayou and is predominantly concrete, offers a variety of amenities, including water fountains, bathrooms at Eldridge Parkway, and several “runner’s …

Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli

A vegetarian/vegan oasis near the University of Houston, Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli offers an expansive menu with daily specials ranging from spaghetti to enchiladas and nachos. The regular menu offers vegan burgers, po’ boy  sandwiches, wraps, deli-style sandwiches, soups, smoothies, and fresh juices. For a small store, the menu is very extensive and can be almost overwhelming. …

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen focuses on delivering healthy food in convenient, pre-prepared portions. The company has four locations across the Houston area, each featuring a clean, bright café with some seating. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, juices, snacks, and desserts that are pre-prepared, but patrons can also get a made-to-order salad. The takeaway meals are pre-portioned and come in a variety …

Ruggles Green

Ruggles Green bills itself as “the greenest restaurants in Texas” due to its commitment to using local and organic ingredients. With four locations across the Houston metro area, the restaurant uses hormone-free meats, recycles everything, composts, and uses electricity generated 100% by wind. If their commitment to sustainability wasn’t enough of a reason to pay Ruggles Green a visit, their …

Rice University Trail

Circling the beautiful Rice University campus, the Rice University Trail is a wide dirt path made available for use by pedestrians. The best feature of this three-mile loop is that it is completely shaded, providing a respite from the Houston heat and sun, especially in the summer. Shade can be hard to come by in Houston, so this is a …

Memorial Park

Memorial Park is easily Houston’s most popular destination for those looking to exercise; this place is busy at all hours of the day! The 2.9-mile crushed gravel loop is very wide, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone who wants to get a workout in, but peak hours are especially busy. Workout stations are located along the path, with …

Luke’s Locker

Take just one step into Luke’s Locker and you can immediately tell you’re in a runner’s paradise; it’s one of the biggest running specialty stores I’ve ever seen! Luke’s offers a gigantic selection of many different brands, including some new, smaller companies you may have never heard of. Customers are very engaged with the store, and much of their merchandise …

LoCal’s Healthy Joint

Looking for a borderline-overwhelming menu of healthy, low calorie meals? Look no further than LoCal’s Healthy Joint.  This conscientious restaurant uses only low-fat proteins, including bison, tuna, chicken, turkey, vegetarian proteins, and portabella mushrooms.  Foods are prepared only in healthy way, meaning nothing is ever fried, and all drink options are low calorie. Tacos, pasta, dinner entrees, rice bowls, and …

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