Live-fire training takes place at local ranges such as Winchester Gallery Gun Store.
.40- and .380-caliber handguns are available to rent.
Jason Whitaker has a singular focus when it comes to firearms training: handguns. The NRA-certified instructor starts beginners with the NRA Pistol Class, which teaches novices to safely operate semi-automatic handguns and revolvers. Beyond shooting fundamentals, Whitaker can prepare pupils for the written and live-fire portions of the concealed-handgun-license test. JW Guns and Ammo also special orders guns, hunting supplies, and other firearms gear.
Like the human body, electronic devices are fun to look at but full of scary parts. Fortunately, the technicians at Cell Doc, LLC are well-versed in the inner workings of phones, computers, and game systems, saving them from the scrap pile with their technological know-how. Cracked screens, unresponsive buttons, and speaker slots gummed up with peanut butter are remedied by the professional staff.
The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
MBSolutions solves a problem shared by bakeries, law firms, and elementary schools alike—the need for a new website. Custom websites are the team’s specialty, as the company’s portfolio demonstrates. To complement their sites, the developers offer web-support services, such as analytics that trace trends in site traffic, or search engine optimization, which helps make sites more accessible.
At Bayou Aviation, professional pilots employ decades of experience and certifications to help flightless fledglings disobey the rules set in place by gravity. After 20 minutes of pre-flight briefing, ostrich sympathizers will board one of Bayou Aviation's training aircraft for 40 minutes of airplane-license-plate bingo with instructor Jim Whitesell. With an Airline Transport Pilot license for multi-engine aircraft, Whitesell helps to ease ground-evading greenhorns toward their own private, commercial, flight-instructor, or ATP licenses.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has smoked beef brisket in-house nearly every night since 1941, painting each morsel with a tangy house-made sauce. Pulled pork, turkey breast, and polish sausage round out the menu with meals that are heartier than a burrito wrapped in Paul Bunyan’s plaid shirt. Boxed lunches and catered buffets brim with homestyle sides such as coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and jalapeño beans. Once the last pickle has been crunched and the last finger has been licked, guests can savor one of the restaurant’s most cherished traditions: a vanilla cone, on the house.