Ericka Luddy's Guide to Dallas
When you hear a quick run-down of everything that Ericka Luddy has accomplished in her life so far, one word comes to mind: Superwoman.
After completing her law degree and practicing law for a while, she realized that wasn't what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Shortly thereafter, she opened her own debt collection agency which she ran back in upstate New York. She also starting investing in, and consulting on real estate deals and has flipped over 150 houses to date.
At present moment she is working on a start-up she named Geldcoin, which is set to take a piece of the cannabis industry pie. Geldcoin converts dispensaries' sales into crypto-currency for less cash handling and better security measures.
A current Dallasite, Ericka Luddy is also the founder of Women's Sporting Club.
Per the website, WSC is "a 501c3 with the goal to offer low cost and accessible opportunities for women to be involved in the outdoor industry."
As a woman interested in the outdoors myself, I can personally attest to Luddy filling a gaping void in the market. As recent transplant to Dallas I immediately started Googling different sporting groups and shooting clubs. But it wasn't until I saw an ad for WSC on Instagram that I thought, this is what I've been looking for! (I have since joined and am so excited to be a member of this welcoming group of wonderful ladies.)
Membership is $100/year and includes first access to events and information, access to their private Facebook group which is also home to great conversation, information and shooting/shooting sports-related topics, and access to the comradery and community of an amazing group of girlfriends.
Some past events have included a Beretta Tactical Training event, a shotgun clinic with two-time Gold Medal Olympian in skeet shooting, Vincent Hancock, a hog hunt in Canton, TX, and a fishing trip -- just to name a few.
So, yes. Ericka Luddy is busy. Not to mention that she is also currently planning a wedding. (Insert wedding emoji here!)
But she also knows her way around Dallas. Which is why I sat down with her at Weekend Coffee at The Joule to ask her for a running list of some of her favorite spots in the city.
She talked with me about some of her favorite places to shoot, her cocktail of choice, and her favorite hidden gem in Dallas. Read below <3
Favorite restaurant in general: Villa O
Best hidden gem: Cedar Ridge Nature Reserve. It's a scenic 600-acre hiking area really close to Dallas. At certain points you can see all the way to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Best place/range for trap shooting? Elm Fork. It's a great facility that covers all the bases and the new ownership has really taken it to the next level.
Best indoor range? Defender Outdoors in Ft. Worth. Plus they have a new clay ranch.
Best nail spot: Onyx in Uptown
Best running trail or place to work out: LA Fitness
Favorite coffee shop: I don't drink coffee!
Favorite cocktail, and favorite place to get said cocktail: Vodka water. Most bars have it so anywhere that serves it!
Best thing to do in the summer: Go to Lake Ray Hubbard or a pool party because it's always hot AF here!
Best thing to do in the spring: Be outside. Or walk our dogs at the Shops at Park Lane. There's also movies on the lawn.
Best thing to do in the fall: Go hunting or watching football
Best thing to do in the winter: Hunting or skiing
Best hunting spot? Southeast Oklahoma for bird hunting