The ladies there were great! This too was fun, but a bit more intimidating. I really didn't think that a bowhunting was going to be in my future.
The archery pro shop was another goldmine. I was the only female in the shop at the time, and when staff asked if they could help me, I asked for the name I was given. I got another half-hour tutorial about the kind of crossbow I was looking for, features, what I needed, and what was extra, and did I want to shoot these models?
Another clue that I had been steered to the right place was that the main ten or so target lanes were busy - because the state conservation officers were there giving a kid's safety class. So I was taken to the back of the store to where the shop guys test-shoot stuff. I tried two different models. One of the shop guys commented that I was shooting offhand and not sitting down - "Do you shoot guns?" he asked. LOL, yeah, kinda.
I found a model that I preferred hands-down - the Ten Point Shadow Ultra-light. It has a built-in crank to cock it with, as I am too short even to rope-cock the 12.6 inch power stroke. (Oh yeah - sheesh the new terminology I have to learn!) I put down a deposit, and am going to try to sell a couple guns that I never shoot, to pay for it. The shop owner said that I can even make lay-away payments if I want, and come to visit it, and shoot it in the meantime. Told you they were a goldmine! :-)