For centuries the world has wondered how to combine a bakery, coffee shop, and disc-golf center. In Rockwall, three businesses decided to put the matter to rest with The Life House, which engenders a healthy community with its triple hit of organic baked goods, house-roasted coffee, and disc golf. When Fresh Life Foods founder Katy Standifer’s sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Katy saw links between processed foods and her sister’s condition. With her mother, Lynda Ahlen, she began baking organic pastries and breads for her family before expanding the practice and selling the tasty goods to the community.
Elsewhere in Rockwell, home roaster Jeremy Standifer was testing his careful eyes, nose, and second nose on custom-roasted organic coffee beans that would eventually become the staple of FLF Organic Coffee. Jeremy's aromatic coffee made an ideal pairing for Katy's sweet and savory fare, which ranges from empanadas to loaves of cinnamon-swirl bread, so the two combined their practices. What makes The Life House rare, though, is what customers discover when they venture outside. Jeremy's love for disc sports led him, along with fellow roaster Chris Kelley, to found Life Disc Sports, which hosts camps and clinics and sells gear. Outside the café, their nine-hole course challenges experienced and novice players before they venture back inside to fling pastries into their mouths.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness?an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers?including professional football players and mixed martial artists?lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
The playing field is level and accented in aqua at LOA Fitness for Women, where health is a community endeavor. The gym houses special strength-training equipment with 5-pound pin-adjusted weights that, by virtue of being lighter, prevent injury and foster healthy muscle development. On-site babysitting services and an all-female crew of personal trainers similarly break down physical, practical, and emotional barriers to women's well-being. Eleven types of group movement classes, including Zumba and Pilates, re-enforce the feeling of sweat-bonded camaraderie that permeates the ranks of treadmills and bikes, and nutrition counselors equip women with the skills to make healthy choices at home.
LOA Fitness also offers team training, which incorporate equipment such as kettle bells, balls, and sandbags, and group fitness classes, which include kickboxing, yoga-lates, Zumba, and much more. During automated spa treatments, women step into tranquil chambers that rejuvenate muscles and skin.
The sun melts into the horizon, leaving a bright-orange band of sky in its wake that gives way to a deep-blue Texas night. Twinkling lights wrapped around the windmill flicker on as ebullient music fills Fish Camp's outdoor patio, to the delight of diners savoring their desserts in the open air. Such evenings are hardly a rarity at the restaurant, which beckons guests to its quiet countryside location with a menu of seafood and traditional Southern comfort food.
Inside the buzzing kitchen, chefs whip up mouthwatering dishes featuring aquatic ingredients such as clear-water, farm-raised catfish and gulf prawns. The chefs also assemble platefuls of comfort food using traditional recipes from across the South, ranging from Texas toothpicks and Cajun-style blackened tilapia to Kentucky-bourbon pecan pie. Young diners can frolic on the deck and partake in casual fishing to retrieve lost contact lenses, and local musicians assemble on Friday and Saturday nights to delight patrons with live performances.
Owner and educator Rashida Hobbs has always had a passion for music and dance, leading her to open Pole'iticians Fitness Studio, where she and a troupe of certified instructors create a supportive setting for ladies to build strength through sensual dance classes and workshops. Invented by Hobbs, Floormotion classes, also known as Sensual Dance, focus on the art of erotic movements, building on the principles of cardio striptease to transform students' regular dance moves into sexy shimmies. Pole-dance classes impart students of all skill levels with erotic moves to add to their exotic bag of tricks, enhancing the quality of future routines performed for a significant other, in front of the mirror, or during awkward silences in idle conversations. The Pole'iticians team also leads a breadth of Zumba, dance, and yoga classes, and opens the spacious studio for private parties and special events.
Owner and Texas-native Mike Davis and the NRA-certified instructors at Extreme Defensive watch over range members and educate patrons in the principles of effective marksmanship and responsible possession during small group courses. Amid 24 forest-green range stalls, shots ring out from the hands of shooters as they pierce target papers and warn standby target papers of the workday they're about to have. Firearms training courses imbue marksmen with proper handling and safety skills, and the 10-hour Texas Concealed Handgun License certification course taught by Mike—himself a concealed-handgun-license holder—helps students satisfy application requirements. During classes, shooters improve their technique before the guidance of the experienced professionals, improving both form and CIA sunglass-removal technique.