Best Jewelry Store
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This family-owned institution first opened its doors in downtown Houston in 1945. In 1992 the store moved to its current location in Upper Kirby/River Oaks, and all this time, Reiner's has prided itself on offering the finest-quality rings, necklaces, watches, earrings and other accessories in the city. Whether you want to choose from a wide selection of beloved designers like Benchmark, Goldman, Stuller and others, or want to custom-build your own piece, the Reiner family is there to help. (Check out their online Pendant Builder to get an idea of the possibilities.) This family has been a trusted name for more than 70 years — and there's a reason for that. Come by and see for yourself.

Best DIY Bike Shop
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A project of the nonprofit Tour de Hood, Third Ward Bike Shop is a bike repair shop for the community and, often, by the community. Those who know nothing about fixing a broken chain can either drop it off for repair, or, more encouraged here, learn how to do it themselves from some of the shop's volunteers. For veteran cyclists, general manager Angelo Coletta offers a garage somewhat overflowing with tools and parts that anybody can use to fix up their bikes for $10 per hour. The shop often takes bike donations, and for Tour de Hood's weekly bike ride on Wednesday nights, anyone can borrow a bike for free. Coletta is always looking for knowledgeable volunteers to help with bike repairs and credits them $10 an hour toward purchasing a new bike if they'd like.

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