Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
Bead Basics lavishes jewelers of all skill levels with the necessary equipage and abilities to craft their own bead masterpieces. Instructors string together a monthly calendar of more than 25 classes that teach up to 16 students at a time techniques or specific projects such as Beading Basics, Tila Spiral Bracelet, and Viking Knit. The online catalog's virtual glass cases brim with exquisitely crafted pieces and the requisite tools for shaping bracelets, stringing necklaces, and swapping out the queen's jewels with decoys.
A participant in HGTV's Landscape Smart, Lawn and Landscape Gardens imbues its services with 19 years of knowledge as they craft unique designs and maintain lush lawns. Its brigade of yard artists pledges allegiance to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and continually takes continuing-education classes to stay ahead of industry advances. Refusing to sacrifice quality for profits, the company limits the number of new customers it takes on each season to make sure each one gets enough attention and hand-typed secret-admirer notes. In addition to beautifying neighborhood yards, Lawn and Landscape Gardens extends their service into the community at large, sponsoring courses at the University of Minnesota's agricultural school and assisting schools with garden projects.
The seasoned racers at Right Fit Running know the mechanics of an excellent stride, the structure of sneakers, and the joys and trials of pounding the pavement. As runners themselves, they're fit to equip fellow athletes with shoes, apparel, and gear that enhance performance. When runners need new shoes, sales associates begin by evaluating foot shape and pronation. When runners want to scale up from half marathons to full marathons, the experts suggest energy supplements and performance-enhancing gear, such as compression socks and jet packs.
With shows throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, Lisa Nelson collaborates with clients to create customer-designed pieces of wearable art ($30–$60 each), fashioned from sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold fill and hand stamped with words and symbols. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or first skydiving date with a necklace, bracelet, or pair of lucky ear parachutes bearing amulets in an array of possible shapes and sizes. Once you've selected the base for your body garnish, Lisa will adorn your chosen piece with a name, a pair of names, or a favorite quotation from A Tale of Two Cities. Popular stamps are always on hand to spark inspiration. Call to arrange an in-studio visit to peruse current offerings or craft a signature work.
The botanical bond between the Mickman Brothers has sparked more than three decades of award-winning landscaping services and their unwavering commitment to eco-friendly harvesting practices. Comb through the aisles of Mickman Brothers' garden center to discover a colorful variety of 4-inch annuals ($4.79) and persistent perennials ($7.99), which grace the public with years of repeated appearances, like Kiss farewell tours. Assorted floral shrubbery, such as a rhododendron ($24.99), regally presides over mulched kingdoms to accent landscapes and decorate house façades. The vivid red petals and prodigious stamen of a tropical hibiscus ($14.99) form a horticultural satellite for insects to download up-to-date pollen reports and test emergency sprinkler alert systems. The Mickman Brothers' helpful blog for plant purchasers suffering from greenhouse quandaries works in concert with on-site employees to answer customer questions.