At Paint with Flair, instructors kick down the barriers that traditionally stand between beginners and a paintbrush, starting by creating a comfortable environment. Couples on dates, coworkers looking to bond, or friends out on the town sip on BYOB drinks and snacks as they loosen up and get acquainted with the provided materials (classes for kids and non-drinkers are also available on the schedule). Teachers get groups chatting as they take them on a step-by-step walk through the brushstrokes, color selection, and witchcraft necessary to whip up their own fetching painting, whether it be a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or an original design.
The Cowboy House connects sports fans with sports memorabilia and stadium chairs that were harvested at Texas Stadium before its demolition in 2010. Cowboys fans can recline in reminiscence as they re-create cherished game memories in their own living rooms, from celebratory crowd leaps to epic feats of hot-dog eating. Sports memorabilia such as autographed jerseys and plaques provide customers with memorable keepsakes, and each stadium seat comes with a certificate of authenticity and a map to the secret location of Tony Romo's empty-pizza-box collection.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
At All Around Sports, students trade hours spent on treadmills for high-intensity workouts that blend squats, sprints, crunches, and weighlifting exercises. Guided by certified fitness coaches Travis and Toni Cattell, clients build muscle and burn fat in an indoor arena, lifting dumbbells and hoisting medicine balls according to ever-changing interval training routines. Instructors supplement the exercise regimen with nutritional tips and fitness games such as tug of war or obstacle courses keep workouts exciting and prepare clients for rounds of human-sized Mouse Trap.