Visit one of The Peddler Show Tour's events, and you'll likely see some smiling faces among the other shoppers in attendance. It seems like there's nearly always someone grinning widely, having just discovered a perfect gift. It might be a necklace from Nan's Precious Pearls, a bottle of lotion from Salve All Natural Skin Care, or a tin of indulgent sweets from The Caramel Candy Co. Or maybe it's all of the above.
The Peddler Show Tour has been connecting Texan shoppers with boutique gifts and housewares for well over three decades, but the show has never been stronger than it is today, with 26 events hosted annually across the state. Even frequent shoppers can find something new on each excursion, since hundreds of different merchants and boutiques apply to participate. While many come for the clothing, jewelry, and household items, others stop by to sample gourmet foods or purchase a bed frame made of fudge.
Instructors train at local facilities such as Eagle Peak Shooting Range and Astro Shooting Range.
Asgard National Training Group doesn't typically rent firearms, though a small selection of rental pistols are available.
The instructors at Asgard National Training Group come from military backgrounds including time spent in the British armed forces, the US Marine Corps, and the US Air Force. Along with their instructor certifications, this experience gives them the expertise to teach dozens of topics, including firearm classes in handguns, shotguns, and carbine rifles. Other sessions focus on medical skills such as First Aid and navigational skills such as map reading.
In the most impressive of martial arts moves, bodies fly across a 1,700-square-foot mat at Cavalo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where students train to become Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters. Classes cater to all skill levels with exercises designed to use leverage and submission holds to subdue an opponent.
For classes that incorporate live-fire training, Ready Learning Academy works out of their private shooting range in Georgetown, Texas.
Depending on the course, customers can rent 9 millimeter semi-automatic handguns such as a Ruger SR-9 or Glock 17/19, a tactical pump shotgun such as a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500, and an AR-15 such as a Colt LE 6920, Sig Sauer M400 or an LWRC M6. Models are subject to availability.
Ready Learning Academy's professionally trained instructors believe that responsible gun use comes from a solid foundation in shooting fundamentals. That's why the academy offers three levels of handgun, carbine, or rife and shotgun classes. During these sessions, instructors teach students of all experience levels on the fundamentals of stance, grip and hold, and trigger control. Pupils progress onto more advanced skills such as defensive tactics, cover and concealment, shooting while moving, and engaging multiple threats. Away from the range, the staff offers a variety of services including gunsmith tune-ups, sells firearms at its store and conducts self-defense courses.
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.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.