The shelves at Personal Scrapbook brim with all manner of scrapbooking and stamping supplies from brands such as Authentique and Graphic 45. Personal Scrapbook doesn’t just supply the materials, though, the staff hosts frequent crops, where they open up the cropping area for everyone to come and scrapbook together. Each of the 20 personal cropping stations has two electrical outlets and a comfortable, adjustable chair. While in the area, guests can bring their own mat to use the shop's Cricut station—equipped with both the Cricut Expressions and Personal Cricut machines—or use the Cuttlebug die cutter/embosser, Sizzix die cutter, 20+ shape scissors, stamps, and more. Reference books and the staff serve as muses, and guests can also connect to free WiFi to browse for inspiration.
In addition to the open crops, the staff teaches classes with subjects such as scrapbook layouts, Cricut, and various techniques. They also host private parties for all ages, which make for more memorable birthdays than mercilessly beheading yet another piñata.
The gymnastic experts at Eagle's Wings Athletics's Allen, Prosper, and Anna locations aim to help their students build both physical skills and self-esteem. Instructors? many of whom boast competitive backgrounds and gymnastic championships?help children as young as 18 months develop motor skills in pre-school classes, preparing them for boy and girl programs. As students cartwheel into each new class level, their gymnastic teachers help them hone skills in Olympic events such as floor exercise, pommel horse, and the horizontal bar. Staff members can also teach kids to flip during trampoline and tumbling classes.
In addition to the standard class lineup, competitive opportunities take gymnastics and cheer teams to regional, national, and interdimensional competitions. Day camps attempt to build lifelong social skills through challenges in areas such as gymnastics and rock climbing. The camps also enlist 7th and 8th graders for its counselor training program to help them learn leadership skills.
Allen Yoga Center founder and certified instructor Brook Cheatham believes that "Yoga is more than an exercise. It gets into you at the very core of your being … your emotional baggage is stripped away along with your ego.” After years spent as an instructor at various studios, Brook decided to open her own space, where students can reflect on themselves while cultivating their physical and mental well being. The mocha-stained hardwood floors complement the yoga center's warm plum-and-gold walls, which are intentionally bare, hosting only a single portrait of a multilimbed deity, Gary the Octopus. Brook leads classes ranging in intensity from the cardiovascular-stimulating Vinyasa to the restorative and meditative Hatha. Regular workshops welcome guest instructors to educate students on a variety of wellness topics, and the teacher-training program grants knowledge to those who wish to someday lead their own classes.:m]]
Owner Tomer Litvin discovered his passion for muay thai more than 18 years ago. His amateur exploits in the ring eventually led him to a spot in Fairtex’s world-renowned personal-tutoring program, the chance to go padded fist to padded fist against numerous European champions, and a career as a certified Fairtex instructor. Also holding a brown belt in Brazilian jujitsu, Tomer now channels his love of the martial arts into helming his own school.
In addition to the striking form of muay thai and the grappling art of jujitsu, Tomer and his staff also teach the highly practical self-defense art of krav maga. In these mixed-martial-arts classes, students can put the varied fighting disciplines together to form a comprehensive sport-fighting system useful for defending themselves, sparring, or staging performances of Mortal Kombat: The Musical.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
At Conway's Bar & Grill, formerly The Venue Bar & Grill, the clack of pool balls and the buzz of sports games accompany a lengthy menu of burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. Plates of chicken wings bathed in zesty sauces mingle with meaty burgers stacked with jalapeños, bacon, and grilled mushrooms. Chicken-fried steaks and tacos fuel postmeal rounds of darts and serve as backup ammo if the darts are out for repairs. Each Wednesday, patrons can celebrate with karaoke or toast professional bands during weekly live-music events. College flags and banners hang from the ceiling, a testament to the hangout’s love of NCAA athletics and embroidered fabrics.