Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.
Every graduate of The Premium Institute of Bartending Schools' 34-hour mixology program can count on one thing—being hired as an on-call bartender with Premium Event Staffing, a company that provides staff for private parties and corporate events. Like a pie-fight truce, this guarantee benefits everyone involved. Students get to earn income while they use the institute's job-placement services to find a steady gig at an affiliated bar or elsewhere. Premium Event Staffing in turn gets access to bartenders who have completed the mixology program and who know their way around a muddler.
The reason even the institute's most recent graduates are so comfortable behind a bar isn't that they're wearing footie pajamas under their clothes—it's that classes take place in such a realistic setting. Students work at a bar setup that includes bar guns, liquor bottles, and 14 types of glasses, and they learn to pour on a real draft-beer system. This hands-on approach also characterizes the four-hour introductory classes the school holds for people who wish to learn to make martinis, shots, frozen drinks, or other specialties.
Scott Smith knows about the importance of firearm safety. He began hunting at the age of 7 and eventually went on to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Texas Army National Guard, where he trained soldiers in the use of various firearms. Scott brings this experience and dedication to NTX Firearms, helping teach students of all levels to become safe, responsible gun owners. Introductory-level, NRA?designed courses familiarize students with the fundamentals of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Half-day courses provide the training and education that customers need before applying for a concealed-handgun license. Additionally, NTX Firearms offers specialized instruction, including clinics that cover hunting safety and the responsible use of period-authentic muzzleloading firearms.
Since 2000, Art House has kindled creativity and a love of history by offering museum-quality art classes for budding Picassos aged three through adult. Inside each location, degreed artist-teachers helm classes year-round, guiding students through a structured curriculum in everything from drawing and painting to sculpting. The teachers combine lessons in artistic techniques with a study of art history in order to form a well-rounded educational experience that keeps kids from accidentally painting a self-portrait that looks exactly like Van Gogh’s. Art House also brings art-loving youths together in camps, workshops, and private parties.
Dryve Cleaners spruces up delicate duds with laundering and dry-cleaning services, and frees up overbooked schedules with complimentary porch-side pickup. Peripatetic washer-persons collect soiled vestments from residential verandas, returning them, like a thief with a fundamentally flawed concept of burgling, the next day. Unsoil sartorial sidekicks, including shirts ($2.95), pants ($3.55), dresses ($5.75), and two-piece suits ($6.95) with the dry-cleaning service, or throw old-fashioned laundering into the mix for less finicky frocks ($1.70 for a shirt, $3.95 for pants).
At True Path Martial Arts, we envision martial arts as an exciting and unique “pathway” to self-improvement. Through the practice of Taekwondo techniques, the student not only acquires skill, but also develops greater confidence and focus, improved fitness and flexibility, and reduced stress levels.