Current and former military and law enforcement officers comprise the staff of instructors at Blue Line Defense, who aim to increase firearm awareness and the training level of the general public with each class they teach. The course list runs the gamut from introductory defensive handgun lessons to women's self defense and advanced group training classes. The site also provides firearm-related resources for the community, such as familiarization with use-of-force laws, firearm-sales intricacies, and gun-naming dos and don’ts. Blue Line also regularly participates in fundraisers and charities to help give back to the community.
Owner and stained-glass enthusiast Judy assembles custom pieces for cabinets, doors, and windows, as well as hanging decorations including address signs, reproductions of drawings, and flower mosaics. In her introductory classes, students create easy-to-follow designs, such as a three-dimensional Moravian star. Judy teaches pupils the basics, from cutting and soldering glass to comforting elderly glass with stories of a promised afterlife as beach sand.
Third-generation barbecue master Willie J. Bridgeforth III, owner of Willie B.'s Memphis BBQ Catering, has traveled from Mississippi to Memphis learning to prepare authentic southern barbecue for catered events. The business-luncheon menu ($9–$12/person) boasts five combo options with seasoned meat that marinates for 24 hours, smokes for eight hours with three woods, is basted with an 18-ingredient sauce, and scored a 1430 on the SATs. The combos sate luncheon-goers with two side dishes, including creamy coleslaw, Memphis mac 'n' cheese, or Susie Q.'s southern baked beans. Generous helpings of cornbread help sop up leftover sauce from crispy chicken, pork chops, or racks of pork ribs that can form the centerpiece of a corporate get-together or post-LARPing dragonfeast.
Extracting odors and stains from clothing for 62 years, Martinizing Dry Cleaners serves 19 locations around the Twin Cities. Free men's dress shirts of stains, creases, and nametag residue ($2.89), or slide legs comfortably into the spotless surfaces of men's and women's slacks ($7.19). Blouses ($7.19) can frolic in the fresh air and warm sunshine of summer after spending quality time with sanitary solvents, and men's and women's suits ($12.59) can seek out water-free cleansing after food fights with hostile raiding parties from HR. Cleaning tips give customers insight into the mysterious and mostly nonmagical world of stain abolition.
Getting in shape after giving birth can be difficult; taking care of the baby takes a lot of time and leaves bodies weary and sapped of energy. Stroller Strides understands these common struggles and has designed an exercise regimen with new mothers in mind. All you need to get started is you, your baby, and a stroller. The classes, taught by specially trained instructors, usually take place outdoors and consist of a warm-up, a buggy-bandying power walk, and interval stations where participants do a variety of body-toning exercises. Instructors provide everyone with exercise tubing and, in the event of a fussy-baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby. Classes are appropriate for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old.
Dave Santos, the shutterbug behind H Larson Photography, evinces his 40 years of experience with attention to detail and a genial camera-side manner. Each one-hour session begins when families, children, and pets gather at home or Dave's studio for an indoor session, or in the Minnehaha Falls area for an outdoor photo shoot. Dave also welcomes individuals, such as high-school seniors, business executives, or rugged vigilantes, to pose for solitary depictions. During in-studio sessions, clients select their favorite backgrounds and sets—along with up to three costume changes—before Dave translates their memories into static images. Alternatively, Mother Nature welcomes pose strikers during outdoor sessions, where dense shrubs and floating censor bars facilitate up to two costume changes.