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While attending Austin College, two important things happened to Kirby and Kristi Carmichael: they fell in love with art, and with each other. When Kirby moved to Italy after graduation to expand his pottery education, Kristi followed. During that time, she discovered she had a knack for majolica painting––a craft that Renaissance-era artists used to decorate vases, jars, and plates, all of which Leonardo da Vinci invented. The couple realized they had a sturdy link between their talents, and eventually returned to the United States jobless, engaged, and ready to share what they'd learned.

In October 2005, the Carmichaels opened Quiggly's Clayhouse, where potters and painters alike have since been crafting masterpieces and sharpening their skills with lessons. The studio's flexible walk-in availability encourages artists to visit whenever inspiration strikes—be it for painting pottery, sculpting clay, fusing glass, or forging mosaics. Frequent themed events also bring groups together in the name of casual creativity, including adult wheel nights, ladies’ nights, and kids’ nights.

1344 E Belt Line Rd
Richardson,
TX
US

In 2007, the North Texas Event Center underwent a renovation that transformed a former call center into four fairytale ballrooms and a museum for classic cars. The gleaming Gull Wings, Alpha Romeos, and M6s catalyzed the project, as their owners sought a way to share their collections with the public. This desire dovetailed with the designs of city officials, who wanted to create an enduring cultural institution in Richardson and a way to see the cars without masquerading as stop signs. In order to realize this dream and reverse signs of aging in the 1980 building, contractors installed gleaming parquet floors valued at $2 million, and built out rooms with vaulted ceilings, broad stages, or bars. A crew of event planners oversees the chambers, which range from 1,883 to 14,000 square feet, and contain surprises such as 360 degrees of white drapes and a marble gazebo.

677 W Campbell Rd
Richardson,
TX
US

Bob Landon has been making wine for decades, but he didn't always have French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks at his disposal. His first forays into small-batch winemaking took place in his basement, but like Batman's love of justice, his hobby was soon elevated to a profession. Today, he and the Landon Winery staff cultivate Texas–grown viognier and tempranillo grapes into a rotating selection of house varietals.

At either location, oenophiles can deepen their knowledge of wines or simply explore the facilities. The McKinney location features an old well that dates back more than 150 years, and the 15,000 square foot Greenville location boasts more than 100 oak barrels filled with grapey blends and one batch of orange juice just pretending. Landon Winery also hosts events and classes that allow visitors to pair wines with food, sample sips, and make their own custom wines.

101 N Kentucky St
McKinney,
TX
US

Crossroads Winery is Frisco's #1 winery and wine bar. We strive to give you the best experience with the best quality wines! We are a "grape-toglass" winery with most of our grapes coming from Generations Grape Growers in west Texas.We are open Friday 5-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 1-6.Our space is available to rent other times.

15222 King Rd
Frisco,
TX
US

In a world where technology advances in bounds and the tomes of what is known are ever expanding, Sci-Tech Discovery Center acts as an investment in future generations. With an emphasis on science, math, and technology, the museum instills a sense of innovation in children of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to pursue careers in fields such as engineering or education. Knowledge explored ranges from the periodic table—and the fact that the only letter not present is "J"—to palindrome numbers, which read the same backwards and forwards. The exhibits change throughout the year to explore basic scientific and mathematic principles in fun ways, touching on everything from animation to how the body works. The highly interactive displays let children experience principles firsthand while learning about real-world applications, such as how physics can affect the design of amusement-park rides or how arithmetic can calculate exactly how tall a giraffe wearing stilts would be.

8004 Dallas Pkwy
Frisco,
TX
US

It's a scene you'd expect to find on a private island. A canopy shades a beach party, where guests pull cold beverages from a cooler and munch grilled meats prepared over open charcoals by cooks. Just off the shore, a boat blasts music, giving a soundtrack to the festivities and making nearby pirates regret canceling their satellite radio subscription.

North Texas Lake Charters' crew creates this oasis at Lake Ray Robert's party cove. Another one of their boats ferries party guests to and from the ramp at Isle Du Bois State Park. From this launch point, the company's captains take passengers on various aquatic adventures. Speedboats pull wake boarders and water-skiers, while fishing boats carry anglers out in search of a prized catch.

100 PW 4137
Pilot Point,
TX
US