Supreme Golf makes maintaining an oft-pricey golf addiction a bit easier on the wallet by granting golfers discounts at golf courses and golf schools, as well as cutting the price of books, golf clubs, and nutritional supplements. Golfers can enjoy relaxing, discounted rounds at area courses in cities across the country including such area courses as Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas, Gateway National Golf Links in St. Louis and St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in Atlanta, soaking in the sights and badgering local pros for analysis of the annual caddie draft.
What makes your business stand out?
While you might think a Flying Club is all about airplanes, it's really about people . . . who share a common interest. It's the people who make any Flying Club stand out, and ours surely do. One of our founders not only co-owns several of the planes but donates his time and skills to maintain them. Many of our instructors don't have to teach; they want to. They're there to share their experiences and enjoy the aviation related experiences of others.
What inspired the owner to start or run this business?
The founders of the Club started it to help making flying more accessible to those wanting to fly. By combining resources, costs come down. It doesn't hurt, either, that you get to make new friends with similar interests.
What is your most popular offering?
The student pilot/new pilot training program is probably the most popular offering of the Club, due to the greatly discounted cost over commercial schools. The rental fleet comes in a very close second, however, since there are simple planes for basic VFR pilots, a tailwheel aircraft and even a complex aircraft great for travel, all at excellent rates.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The social aspect of a Flying Club is often greatly overlooked. You might be surprised to learn how often the elderly gentleman sitting next to you turns out to have been a P-51 pilot during WWII or the little old lady a few tables over helped build bombers; or that the fellow pulling a small Cessna across the tarmac with a golf cart flies 737 jumbo jets for his day job.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Recently an elderly lady went up for her first ever flight. Since she said her dream was to "touch the clouds" our pilot removed the door from the Citabria so provide a more open experience. She was elated!
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Helping those who have dreamed of being involved in aviation realize that it can be a part of their lives.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Discount Flight Training and Rentals
Pro Tip: Bring shades and a cap with a brim when flying—and dress cool (no a/c!). Wear sunscreen when watching!
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
In 2013, after I had my son. He is full of so much energy and loves to be outside. I started Play Loud Clothing to offer some cool shirts and hats for all ages while promoting a more active lifestyle. Our motto is "Get up, get out, and Play Loud." Soon after starting our clothing line, I decided to put together a fun run to help promote an active lifestyle. The Haunted Woods 5K is what we ended up putting together.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
This is a fun run, so don't stress to hard about training. There are some obstacles, mud, and scary things out in our woods. Work on your endurance and a little upper body strength. Most of all, just be mentally prepared to have the crap scared out of you.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is when other people get just as excited as I do when they see a new shirt design. I also love hearing how pumped people are to participate in the Haunted Woods 5K. When you put so much effort into something, it is very rewarding to know people appreciate what you've done.
A piece of metal and a ball of clay. They may seem completely different at first glance, but for Stephanne and John Martin those two basic materials represent the same thing: creative possibility. Stephanne has worked with clay for more than 20 years, and she sculpts and fires everything from functional dishes to abstract sculptures. For his part, John has spent nearly three decades turning steel and aluminum into furniture and fine art works?including metal saltwater gamefish, which are made out of plaster in real life.
The two artists formed Martin Galleries in 1997. In the studio, they work with clients to create commissioned sculptures along with masterpieces completely out of their own imaginations. They also host lighthearted educational sessions, including Corks 'n Clay classes in which people can throw clay on the wheel with one hand, sip wine with the other, and sculpt intricate designs into the clay with their teeth.
When the sun finally sets, Glow in the Park gives the green light to runners and walkers, setting them loose during 5K races that raise money for local non-profit organizations. Equipped with, and indeed wearing, an arsenal of glow-in-the-dark goodies, participants beam through the darkness, their bodies blank canvases for multitudes of bright colors. They wade through crests of foam, burst through plumes of neon powder, and splash through puddles of glowing water sprayed by volunteers or radioactive fire hydrants. At the finish line, groups gather in a glowing mass to show off their new neon and dance to the beats of a live DJ.
Facing the unknown can be as scary as it is invigorating. The course organizers at Mud Challenger pepper their 3- to 6-mile courses with a devious array of obstacles, many of which remain unknown to racers until they encounter them live in the mud-filled field of play. To this end, the only real guarantee at any given Mud Challenger is that participants will get a little muddy, and get as rowdy as they please at a post-race party complete with food, beer, music, and the chance to make many, many mud angels.