For many Americans traveling abroad, Europe's centuries-old charm sparks feelings of love. That’s what happened for Carissa Hoopes, and while she didn’t fall for a mustachioed bread maker, it was during a trek across the pond where her passion for photography solidified. After returning home, Carissa was inspired to pursue a professional career, first learning under other commercial and wedding snappers, and eventually opening a business with her husband, Chris. As he manages the production and design details, Carissa takes the creative lead, capturing the tender, genuine, and naturally funny moments clients have when they aren't aware they’re in her camera’s viewfinder.
Expect an inspiring day of fun, calorie-burning workouts such as Zumba, Body Interiors' The Ultimate Burn Skinny Mini 30 minute workout, boot camps, and the anywhere-anytime TOWELmoves workout, which sculpts your body using just a towel. Beyond the workouts, there will be specialty sessions on healthy cooking, panels of expert trainers, myth busting, and meet and greets with Biggest Loser alumni, as well as demos for heavy rope training, kettlebell training, and myopractic balance.
Harris Hill Road houses a 1.8-mile racetrack designed by track expert David Donovan that twists and turns 11 times through 150 feet of elevation changes, featuring a 962-foot straightaway and an 80-foot rise and drop in turn 4 named “Santa Rita.” Up to 10 determined drivers roll up in their own sportscars or sports sedans for an approximately two-hour school. Harris Hill’s speedy curriculum breaks into four sessions, starting with a classroom session where racers discuss safety and are introduced to car-control techniques useful on the racetrack, the street, and in the supermarket aisles. The intrepid instructors then familiarize their driving disciples with the track and their cars, teaching students how to coax speed out of their gearshifts and getting them on a first-name basis with their brake pads. Finally, Harris Hill Road unleashes rubber-burners on the track, accompanied by their instructors, to show what they've learned about safety, control, and speed.
In the early 1960s in the Navy, Don Dibble embarked upon what would become a decades-long career in scuba diving. After 10 years in the service, he founded the Texas State University scuba program, to which he still devotes many hours. In 1972, Don opened The Dive Shop to spread his passion and scuba know-how to the uninitiated and those scared by all the sand in the movie Jaws.
At the shop, two experienced instructors head up classes in an outdoor pool. The sessions cover everything from snorkeling to securing an NAUI certification with structured dips in the pool and local lakes. The shelves in the pro shop brim with gear for training and recreational dives from brands such as ScubaPro, Bare, and Trident.:m]]
Why is the studio's schedule so packed with fitness-tinted dance classes? "Because sweating is fun," explains its slogan. Between yellow-green walls, professional dancers teach kids and adults how to cut rugs and stay fit at the same time. Classes like Zumba, Pilates-infused burlesque, and hip-hop dance classes let on-staff choreographers showcase skills they also employ for special events—customers commission them to polish their wedding and quinceañera dances.
Mobile Phone Geeks's technology whisperers repair phone screens crippled by accidents and environmental damage and turn them into like-new picture purveyors. After patrons drop off gadgets or mail them to the rehabilitation shop, phone patchers seal screen cracks, massage ink blots from their LCD surfaces, and fix water damage on phones left to boil too long. Each repair comes with a 30-day warranty. For Apple’s latest tablets, gizmo healers shun rehabilitation in favor of replacement and re-outfit book-sized supercomputers with brand-new screens. Patrons can also fix phones plagued by hardware problems freezing, keypad failure, and autotext set to Wingdings.