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.
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.
At Clay Casa, patrons create their own original works of art, whether they're vibrant pieces of painted pottery or gemlike mosaics and fused-glass pieces. For the pottery option, guests can choose from hundreds of unglazed bisque pieces to decorate with their choice of more than 60 nontoxic glazes. Sponges, stamps, and stencils are on hand to help them add pattern and texture to mugs, bowls, or colorful plates that make great gifts for friends who just learned to eat off dishes. Fused-glass and mosaic projects can result in trivets, coasters, crosses, and other brightly colored pieces. Clay Casa also ups the ante with regular special events, including a once-monthly Ladies' Night at their recently opened New Braunfels location.
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.
Living Health New Braunfels focuses on five simple words—holistic, integrative, naturopathic, and respectful humility—while tending to patients with nutrition, massage, hormone balancing, and detoxification services. The staff of registered nurses and massage therapists specializes in detoxification, helping patients lighten their loads by eliminating toxins and stockpiles of marbles from their bodies with colon hydrotherapy, lymph-boosting massages, whole-food supplements, and ionic footbaths. No matter what treatment they administer, they recognize that no one knows your body like you; even though they'll make recommendations for certain treatments, they'll never push you toward a treatment you don't want.
"It's like throwing a party every day," Byron Severance, who co-owns The Jumpy Place along with his wife, Cathy, told the Hays Free Press. "It's the most fun I've ever had in a job." Byron and Cathy's indoor playground—kept immaculate with a strict socks-only policy, daily disinfectant washes, and an unbudging ban on trashcan-dwelling Grouches—relieves the endemic of excess energy common to youths aged 10 and younger. As children bounce in and slide down air-filled fortresses, adults entertain themselves with complimentary coffee, WiFi, and cartoon-free television. Both locations are open every day except Tuesday, and each admission grants all-day access that allows families to come and go as they please.