Helmed by former collegiate golfers Gatlyn and Marla McDonald, Birdee’s Golf Center fosters club-flailing fortitude with astute instruction and immaculate practice facilities. During each 45-minute lesson, pupils pulverize orbs under the watchful eye of Gatlyn or Marla, who utilize video analysis to comprehensively dissect technique, pinpoint bad habits, and slowly morph unsightly swings into pendulums with the trustworthy tempo and course-readiness of an argyle-clad grandfather clock. The patient pedagogues can also cure chronic cases of the yips at their 5,000-square-foot emerald putting tapestry. Students also learn how to chip and pitch orbs close to each green’s flag-marked navel at the short-game range, which features a practice sand bunker. Each large bucket of driving-range balls brims with roughly 110 dimpled spheroids that willfully subject themselves to swing experiments atop the immaculate operating table of synthetic hitting mats.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Most Popular Attractions/Offerings: Dance, cheerleading, tumbling, and after-school care
What special training do you or your staff have?
We have state-certified classroom teachers, some of whom have degrees in dance, along with instructors who have professional dance experience.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our faculty and the amount of knowledge our instructors have.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Teaching and watching students grasp new concepts.
Nowadays, almost anyone can pick up a camera and call himself a photographer. But husband-and-wife team Mario and Gayle Guerrero have the experience to warrant the title: they opened Sunlight Portrait Artist in 1985, and have captured thousands of shots of weddings, newborns, and high-school seniors in the years since. Mario is a certified professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America, and Gayle served as her family photographer while growing up. Today their panoramic skill set covers photojournalistic, editorial, and classic styles as well as Photoshop skills.
A nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center utilizes a personalized tutoring approach to develop students of all ages and abilities into perceptive pupils. During the initial visit, children will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment that highlights trouble areas and serves as a base line for future progress. An erudite educator then leads four one-hour tutoring sessions tailored to young minds' particular needs, covering subjects that include math, reading, writing, and the ethics of alligator wrestling. Fledgling polymaths can use their customized tutoring sessions to prepare for future algebra tests or fine-tune study skills to get a head start on memorizing next year’s phone book. Sylvan Learning Center gifts proud progenitors with regular progress reports granting comprehensive summaries of their offspring's progress. All four Sylvan Learning Centers are open throughout the week, with hours in the morning and afternoon to accommodate busy schedules.
Josh Felker honed his gun-handling skills during almost a decade in the US Army, both in Special Operations and as an Infantry Officer. In 2004, he left the Army to take care of his sons while his wife, a fellow soldier, was about to deploy. On his home turf, he founded LoneStar Handgun, to share his expertise on safely wielding firearms through an array of classes.
He and his fellow instructor, Russell King, focus primarily on handgun training. They can teach novices handgun shooting basics—along with safety and range etiquette—or teach more complex defensive maneuvers to experienced marksmen. Their academy also teaches techniques for safely using other weapons, such as rifles and shotguns. Security officers can garner re-certification on the premises, and bodyguards can jumpstart their careers with a 15-hour certification course, which is more impressive than successfully guarding a cardboard cutout of Christina Aguilera.
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.