Benjamin Franklin may have known how to channel electricity through a lightning rod, but Douglas Zotz of Zotz Electrical knows how to manipulate electricity to meet each client's specific needs. First, he consults with clients to learn about their preferences and allotted budget, and then he sets to work. Zotz and his team can troubleshoot and repair existing electrical wiring, fixing issues such as broken circuit breakers and light fixtures. They also upgrade homes with advanced electrical features such as remote-controlled fans or dimmer switches that create ambient lighting.
Metro Area Builders turns honey-do lists into honey-done lists. Painting is a specialty of theirs. They refresh rooms with coats of paint or tackle exteriors to disguise houses in the witness protection program. For homes that just need a little TLC, the handy-folks at Metro Area Builders trot out power-washers to eradicate dirt and mildew.
Walk-ins are always welcome and classes are available for creators of all types at Art As You Like It. Whether visitors are looking to paint pottery, fuse glass, throw pottery on a wheel, or paint canvas, they enjoy access to Art As You Like It's fully outfitted studio and helpful instructors. Those friendly teachers also lead classes focusing on particular media. Fused-glass sessions, for example, show participants how to cut and fuse colorful pieces together to create designs, while pottery-making lessons demonstrate techniques to transform raw clay into beautiful vessels or disapproving busts of great uncles. And Art As You Like It aims to enrich the community as well?the studio invites customers to paint clay dishes for Empty Bowls, a program dedicated to raising awareness of the homeless population.
Acres of grass paddocks ripple in the wind around the large indoor and outdoor riding arenas at Wild Oak Farm, where owner Renee Lenkart works to help students to improve their riding abilities and develop a bond with equines. As hooves clop out a staccato rhythm against the sun-soaked red soil, Renee calls upon years of experience crafting lessons for both beginner and advanced students. She has also spent time training and showing hunters and jumpers, and many of her students have gone on to participate in national competitions or yelling matches at grocery stores with no-horse policies.
Lifelong horse enthusiast and renowned equestrian Judy Jensen oversees a seasoned crew at Centre Pointe Stables, a year-round facility that provides training, boarding, and lessons on American Saddlebred horses. Judy and the stable’s instructors make sure lessons progress at each student’s desired pace, never pressuring the student to perform beyond his or her capabilities or adopt the horse as a foster child. Geared toward teaching riders of all ages and abilities new skills, the lessons can be taken year-round thanks to a heated indoor arena complete with a fireplace to warm spectators.
Art Materials enables all levels of creative expression with artisanal supplies such as paints, brushes, and canvases. The Cotman watercolor compact set ($34.99) equips professional finger painters with a diverse color spectrum that houses shades such as burnt sienna and purple lake, perfect for filling the blank pages of the Strathmore Windpower watercolor paper pad ($33.79). Artists can also perfect their renditions of manga characters with the Derwent Master Steampunk set ($47.59). With writing utensils oft replacing swords in battle, customers can march to war with assortments of pencils, such as the Faber-Castell 9000 design-pencil set ($19.20), and brushes, including the Heritage Perfectly Imperfect brush pack ($15.75).