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"I have no idea how you managed to create something that beautiful... I love it, there are no other words."

That's a glowing review from a PhotoBarn customer, who took a chance on the company's unique photo prints and was more than pleased with the results. Instead of printing images on traditional photo paper, designers print them on high-quality plywood, burlap, or gift items such as ornaments, puzzles, and blocks. The hue of these materials lends finished products a beautifully vintage effect. In addition to being distinctive, PhotoBarn's products are also eco-friendly?most of the wood comes from sustainable North American tree farms, and the Barnwood frames are constructed from wood reclaimed in and around Knoxville, Tennessee.

1301 N Nimitz St
Victoria,
TX
US

Shape Up Fitness nutritionist and fitness expert April Rojas tightens tummies and trims torsos with exercise programs tailored to shed pounds and fitness inhibitions. Tone trouble spots at unlimited classes led by certified aerobic instructors, and engage in kinetically charged moves that condition the upper and lower body, core, and hard-to-slim foreheads. Warm up with calisthenics and plyometrics before plugging into circuit-training sessions that get hearts pumping and substructures sweating with permissible pain. Each day is slightly different than the next, and Shape Up Fitness's instructors ensure a boredom-proof workout regimen while hosting a free nutrition seminar once a month for those wondering if gravy is a fruit or a vegetable. New boot-camp sessions begin February 1, March 1, March 30, and April 28.

901 Meadowbrook Dr
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Skyview Aviation promotes its fondness for flight with a pod of professional pilots at the helm. Passengers in search of the picturesque will take off in a Cessna 172P on a sky-borne journey that first flits over Port Aransas beaches before soaring all the way down to North Padre Island. Along the way, passengers will also be presented with a nimbus's-eye view of the Lexington Aircraft Carrier, a World War II naval behemoth buoyed in Corpus Christi Bay. If flyers live close to any of the routed stops, pilots can steer off-course to float over personal domiciles, providing a peaceful yet petite view of homes and impromptu checkups on the babysitter.

315 Pinson Drive
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

At 7:15 in the morning, kids begin to arrive at Odyssey Early Learning, with 4- and 5-year-olds dashing to the door, and babies and younger children drowse on a parent's shoulder. Inside, the staff—all trained in early childhood care—greet the kids and direct parents to a sign outside posting the activities of the day. Teachers corral students as young as 6 weeks and as old as 5 years into age-appropriate peer groups.

In class, instructors blend play and academics, engaging little right brains with music and art lessons and creating new left-brain folds with science projects, math problems, and reading. Throughout the activities, the staff aims to develop social, emotional, intellectual, and motor skills to better prepare kids for the classroom, playground, and tree-house conference room. At the end of the day, parents get a daily feedback report, and every month, staffers prepare a progress report. Parents can also monitor classroom behavior via an eye-in-the-sky webcam, accessible through a password-protected website.

3875 S Staples St
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

The Range

Spartan Defense operates out of Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club, which has an outdoor pistol range.

The Rentals

The staff rents semi-automatic handguns.

At a Glance

The instructors at Spartan Defense, who hold certifications as NRA-certified firearms and personal protection instructors and TDPS-certified handgun instructors, focus on helping students obtain the requirements necessary to apply for their concealed-handgun licenses through qualifying classes. They can also tailor their instruction to develop more specific marksmanship skills during NRA-sanctioned classes and private lessons. In addition to firearms training, instructors also teach unarmed self-defense, drawing upon multiple traditions such as aikido and Japanese jujitsu.

73 townhouse lane
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

A quick glance between newlyweds or a sleeping baby's peaceful expression. These moments are often missed or quickly forgotten. But not when Brenda Miles is nearby. The photographer cements such moments in pictures that end up perched on mantels and hanging from rearview mirrors. Brenda?s passion for posed and candid photos is evident as she follows brides on their wedding day and photographs expectant mothers, newborns, and families. And when not clicking away at a photo shoot, Brenda happily teaches camera newbies how to photograph like a pro. During a three-hour class, students learn all the bells and whistles on their own camera as well as how to use different sources of light to create better pictures.

100 Blue Hole Lane
Wimberley,
TX
US