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There's a sublime grace in the flight of a raptor. It's a grace that the birders of Ronin Air Falconry Service hold dear. So to spread their feeling of awe, they host falconry shows and raptor demonstrations, teaching both raptor biology and the history of falconry. Not only are these shows tailored to each group's age, but they send birds flying freely overhead to both inspire them and help them learn how to identify bird bellies in the wild. For those whom the falconry bug bites—and it's likely to bite anyone—group and private sessions divulge how to handle and fly a team of hawks, hunting falcons, and eagle owls. And so that team doesn't get bored—and so others don't lace the environment with poison—Ronin Air Falconry Service also uses its raptors to remove bird pests, relying on the environmentally friendly technique of predator versus prey.

Texas Dept. Parks & Wildlife 17047 Highway 361
Port Aransas,
TX
US

Padre Ice's fully automated frost factories dispense 20-pound bags of clean, fresh-chipped ice 24 hours a day year-round. Customers can journey to one of the company's five commercial parking-lot locations, where automated shoots instantly fill coolers with the glacial sustenance needed to fuel parties or backyard ski jumps. Chips are produced by 100% food-grade stainless steel materials and never handled by human hands, making them highly sanitary, safe, and starved for affection.

14430 State Hwy. 361
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Burrowed within the Loma Alta shopping plaza, The Isle of Avalon Day Spa invites clients to imbibe a quiet, restful retreat worlds away from the day-to-day grind. Inside the spa's themed treatment rooms, flowers, ambient lighting, and neatly arranged decor surrounds massages, during which licensed therapists amp up relaxation with natural essential oils. Nearby, other staff members deliver restorative skin treatments, such as facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as waxing services and body wraps.

14254 S Padre Island Dr
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Executive Limousines elegantly transports polished prom-goers and chic carpool cliques in a luxurious fleet of stretch Lincoln Town Cars. The eight-passenger conveyances are outfitted with a bevy of entertainment-based accessories, including flat-screen televisions, DVD and CD players, and a beverage bar illuminated by fiber optics, the optimal lighting scheme for sparkling water bottles and bejeweled juice boxes. Chauffeured transportation offers a safe mode of travel for weekend pub crawls, bachelorette parties, and glamorous entrance-rides to state science fairs. Whether you're looking to impress an unsuspecting blind date or just want to cruise through town with your head out the sunroof, Executive Limousines has an elongated vehicle for your needs. Call ahead to arrange your pick-up.

13941 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Hot desert air churns in from the distant dusty hills, but it’s given no quarter at Destination Academy Cosmetology School. Here, turquoise walls and porthole-shaped mirrors evoke the feel of a vessel bobbing in the water of a cool oasis. Though the spa-salon’s windows reveal sweeping views of the mountains, its private treatment rooms shield clients from the desert sun with candlelight, tubs big enough for two, and a choice of seven kinds of aromatherapy including french lavender and new handbag. On the second floor, expert stylists—some of whom may be alumni of Destination Academy, the salon’s nationally accredited training program—use Moroccanoil and Pureology to shape cuts to individual faces and style preferences.

13915 S Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi,
Texas
US

Under the sage direction of Dr. Brian Young, the staff at Beauty Island Spa cultivates healthy complexions, eases aches, and whittles silhouettes with spa services for men and women. The spa’s island theme is reflected in its relaxation-inducing treatments and tropical atmosphere fostered by décor including peach-hued walls, plush white leather chairs, and palm trees inhabited by shipwrecked families. Aestheticians put their beautifying know-how to use as they administer innovative treatments such as LED therapy to help diminish the symptoms of rosacea, acne, or aging.

13915 S Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi,
Texas
US