After shedding the extra pounds that came along with hypothyroidism and three pregnancies, Melody Chandler founded Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp to share her weight-loss strategies and support with other women. Her all-female staff of certified personal trainers helps exercisers of all fitness levels shape their bodies during group fitness classes. In an effort to challenge muscle memory, the team shakes up workout regimens by using different techniques and equipment—including kettlebells, resistance bands, and lead sweatpants—each day. Melody’s team also helps exercisers retain their results by supplying nutrition support with meal plans and recipes that use healthy ingredients.
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According to the Dallas Morning News, sewing and handwork gave Laura Kay Houser's life "balance"—guiding the stay-at-home mother through life's daily challenges as well as more trying ones, namely her son's illness. In 2006, Houser and two partners turned that restorative hobby into a business venture. Houser now spends most of her days behind the counter, eyes figuratively glued on her latest project.
Inside the colorful shop, shelves overflow with fabrics by brands such as Andover, Benartex, and Marcus Brothers, as well as with books, kits, and experimental needlework patterns inspired by the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Experienced teachers pop in to lead a variety of classes, ranging from sewing basics to workshops with renowned authors and designers. As the culture of quilting has always involved gifting quilts to those in need, the store publicizes volunteer opportunities involving quilting and other crafts.
For nearly 30 years, Future Flight has unfurled its fleet of parachutes to send riders soaring through the open sky aboard lightweight two-person flying machines. Sky captains brief each patron during a preflight inspection and provide a few minutes of on-the-ground instruction on flying powered parachutes to ensure a safe and fun trip. The seasoned aviators then throttle up a rear propeller from the pilot's seat and rumble down the runway until the attached parachute swells with wind and lifts the craft into the air, sending pairs soaring above the Lake Lavon shoreline at altitudes of up to 1,000 feet. For patrons interested in amateur migration, Future Flight also runs training lessons for solo flying in sport-pilot and Far Part 103 Ultralight craft, and sells new and used vehicles and accessories.
A cubic container of red roses ($49.95) is a classy bundle of blooms for any occasion. Encounter unearthly delights in a paradise found arrangement ($59.95), and, if a friend broke her butterfly net trying to catch iguanas, give her a fluttering dancing butterflies arrangement ($59.95–$99.95). This Groupon cannot be used toward any Goodies From Goodman gift baskets or Teleflora keepsake products.
With more than 2,500 square feet of supplies such as Copic markers, die patterns, and paper adornments, Every Last Scrap is a shopping paradise for scrapbookers turning treasured memories into artful keepsakes. A regular lineup of classes unites like-minded crafters as they learn the finer points of cropping or origami, forge new friendships, and swoon over their favorite decorative borders. Students can continue cropping work with free daily crops Tuesday–Friday as well as cropping events, such as Hen Parties. Adorable patterned book covers emblazon albums with splashes of color, while an arsenal of specialty paints, brushes, markers, and stickers invite hobbyists to fashion their own beautiful designs.
Not many people discover their life's calling by the age of 12, but guitar teacher James Gabriano did. Now well-versed in multiple styles of music, he started with classical-guitar lessons as a child evolved into serious music study at the University of North Texas, where he honed his chops in the classical- and jazz-guitar curriculums. James's career would eventually lead him to play for music greats such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny G and to share his talent and love of music with local children. During guitar lessons, he teaches students how to develop their skills and how to make their guitars sing, from the first chord to the last stage smash.