HeartStart Express turns everyday citizens into life savers with CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator), and first-aid courses. Those certification courses cover performing CPR, using an AED, and applying first aid to adults, as well as children and infants. They can also certify healthcare professionals in basic life support, enabling them to recognize life-threatening emergencies and execute proper procedures such as CPR. Classes take place online, at one's place of business, or at other designated sites throughout the region.
What makes your business stand out?
We take a real-world approach to handguns and handgun safety. We share some "war stories" that shed light on real-life expectations.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
A rise in the amount of gun sales and gun violence. We want the right people using handguns confidently for the right reasons.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
A past customer who was terrified of pistols walked out with a new confidence. She contacted me later to get assistance in buying her own pistol and signed up for an intermediate class.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Teaching good people to defend themselves.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are trained officers with instructional experience and a long list of satisfied customers.
Shooting exams and live-fire practice take place at Winchester Shooting Gallery, which has 20 pistol lanes.
Customers can request handgun rentals when registering for a class; the range sells ammunition.
As the company name implies, TOPGUN CHL provides a full understanding in the fundamentals of firearms as well as the concealed handgun statutes for Texas. The staff—which includes NRA- and state-certified instructors in addition to police officers—also teaches private shooting lessons, during which beginner students learn gun safety, gun operation, and basic shooting skills that help them prepare for proficiency tests.
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Certified Tribal Belly Dance teacher Heidi Wunder embraces every creative aspect of her art, from its empowering twirls to the traditional hip scarves that she crochets herself. She welcomes women of all ages during her classes, where she tutors tummies on the low-impact, largely improvised dance style. The form's various cues allow participants to step in unison without planned choreography or flowcharts taped to their foreheads. Because of the dance's social element, Heidi views her 2,000-square-foot space as a venue for guests to make lasting bonds while they discover their potential for strength and grace.
Heidi also handmakes many ornamentations to complement her students' routines. Custom-sewn clothing and spiraling henna patterns comprise striking tribal ensembles.