The teachers of Anything Goes With Glass demystify the creation of stained glass in accessible classes for students of all experience levels. Lessons cover topics from basic soldering to lamp-smithing, but those with a grand design in mind might profit from commissioning a custom piece. As added inspiration, the creators share their building with a pottery studio and a glass-blowing business, and encourage passing clouds to take whatever shape they feel best represents them.
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.
Look behind the blooms of A Rey of Flowers and you'll find Rey Rodriguez—a nationally certified florist with more than 25 years of experience. When he's not competing for the Texas Cup or supporting Battle ALS with Flowers, he's readying delivery orders at either of his two locations. He and his staff combine roses and lilies into vibrant bouquets for weddings, birthdays, and more. The staff also scatters their shops with gift ideas, and can even whip up homemade treats with some advanced notice.
Gourmet Body Treats’ beauty products are made from all natural, fair-trade ingredients, making them as friendly to the earth as they are to the body. Lather up with the organic coffee soap, a dense square of vegan, nontoxic oils infused with ground coffee and raw chocolate for extra antioxidants and a skin-loving lift ($10.50). Tress-tenders and yetis in need of pampering can lather hair with the vanilla-mint shampoo, a fragrant concoction bubbling with rosemary, nettle, peppermint, and yucca and packed with proteins to moisturize stressed strands ($24.00 for 8 ounces). For a finishing touch, slick on liquid eyeliner, a mixture free of synthetic preservatives or colors, complete with organic sunflower oil and vitamin B5 to smoothly highlight sultry eyes or quickly doodle on lightweight reading glasses ($13.99).