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.
New Balance San Antonio eschews impersonal online transactions, only selling its shoes in person so its intensively trained staff can discern the ideal shoes for each customer. Shoe fittings factor in foot width and shape, arch length, and biomechanics, which refer to how the foot strikes the ground or, if you're on the moon, the wall. Staffers employ an iStep machine to further dissect biomechanics and determine if customers are pronators, supinators, or terminators. Once evaluations are complete, customers can choose from a selection of shoes that take advantage of New Balance shoe technology, which benefits from design help from DuPont and high-tech materials such as EVA foam. They can also select orthotics and outfit themselves above the ankles with a selection of athletic apparel.
Across hundreds of stores in the U.S. and Canada, Lumber Liquidators provides homeowners and contractors with more than 340 flooring options. Lumber Liquidators, which has been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and HGTV’s Dream Home, lays down floors such as solid and engineered Bellawood pre-finished hardwood with a transferable 100-year warranty and eco-friendly bamboo and cork. An array of professional-grade tools, such as table saws and floor nailers, help homeowners easily install their new floors, and the company's Flooring 101 search engine and Ask Bob customer-support team answer any questions that arise on the fly.