A member of the US Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 until 1996, Mac Mackinzie?s time in the service jumpstarted a lifelong passion for training students of all skill levels in the importance of safe weapon handling. At Critical Defense Group, the certified instructor leads courses that cover subjects from basic safety and shooting fundamentals to more advanced techniques such as speed reloading and shooting while moving. In addition to groups, Mac meets with students one-on-one to help eliminate poor habits and explore topics of their personal interest. When he?s not training citizens, Mac also works with military, law enforcement, and security personnel to further their skills in areas such as force on force and protecting executives, dignitaries, and celebrities.
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.
In Bricks 4 Kidz hands-on programs, kids can learn to build anything from a motorized amusement park to a duck. But the building blocks aren't real bricks—they're LEGO blocks. Each of the company's summer camps, after-school classes, and birthday parties center around building themed LEGO model plans, designed by engineers and architects. By building structures that fit a zoo theme or a Minecraft theme—or by creating Lego scenes for stop-motion animation—kids learn science and math, teamwork, and problem solving skills, while having fun and getting their masters in LEGO architecture along the way.
The Rockwell County program is helmed by husband and wife team Kevin and Natalie Shepherd, who share a passion for educating children in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. To lead the program they utilize Natalie's background in counseling and play therapy, Kevin's knowledge as a practicing engineer, and their experiences parenting their daughter Sydney.
While many people might only think to use lasers to thwart tuxedo-wearing spies, Rockwall Laser Center uses them to help clients feel beautiful and confident?tuxedo or not. There, a staff of technicians?all of whom are certified by the Texas Department of State Health Service and most of whom are Certified Senior Laser Technicians?uses versatile lasers to remove unwanted hair, fight the signs of aging, and treat acne. The crew are also experts at removing unwanted tattoos, having removed a staggering 40,000 by 2013. The center's services also extend beyond the beam. During micro-needling therapy, aestheticians use a cartridge filled with precisely spaced, microscopic needles to create tiny perforations in the skin that jump-start healing processes, thereby helping to firm skin, soften fine lines, and banish little-brother cooties.
Guests turn in for the night to recline in plush beds as they listen to soft music and enjoy meals delivered by attentive staff members. Rather than venturing out in the morning to shop and sightsee, however, these lodgers would rather spend some quality time with a chew toy. When away from home, pet guests at Pappy's Pet Lodge lie in the lap of luxury with amenities typically found in four-star human resorts. Orthopedic, chew-proof Kuranda pet beds cosset pups while they rest from the day's three walks and bounty of play time with similar-sized dogs. Experienced trainers also lead classes that help banish bad behaviors, from chewing on the couch and barking excessively to borrowing the car without asking.