At The Cabernet Canvas, a staff of artists unleashes its visions onto blank canvases, creating gallery pieces such as an autumn field under a full moon, a wintry cityscape, or a sailboat traversing the sea at dusk. However, visitors to the art establishment can do more than gaze at the artwork—they can select one of the paintings to replicate during casual BYOB sessions, adding touches such as a third eye on a regal bengal tiger. Visitors can also join The Cabernet Canvas in giving back to the community, donating funds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or becoming a partner in local charity work.
Coop's Health & Fitness Clubs guide clients to optimal health with 24-hour gym access and its exclusive Ultra Fit training program. With two months of unlimited facility access, exercisers roam free through one of the clubs' facilities, including an indoor running track, a cardio-training stage, and scores of weight-training benches alongside other exercise equipment tailored to the Ultra Fit training regimen. During personal-training sessions, Ultra Fit's certified trainers lead clients through rigorous workouts utilizing effective toning methods such as sports-training assistance, weight spotting, and distance-focused encyclopedia tosses. Trainers analyze each client's fitness goals and health history to construct regimens designed to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and achieve predetermined weight loss without the steak-punching repetitions of traditional training programs.
In 2003, underwater overachiever Robbie Bogan embarked on a new endeavor would have him regularly shifting back and forth between the thrill of exploring shipwrecks to the gravity of teaching CPR and marine rescue techniques. The experienced cofounder of Upstate Scuba had created a scuba school that teaches both recreational scuba diving and tactical and emergency diving. As a result, the people who frequent the Upstate facility comprise a diverse student body.
First-timers arrive and are soon dunked into the pool during Try Scuba courses; search-and-rescue personnel often show up for instruction on the latest underwater navigation or night diving. The curriculum includes opportunities to gain certification, which can be used to participate in Upstate Scuba's open-water trips to nearby lakes. As dealers of top-notch equipment, Robbie also teachs divers safe use of breathing apparatuses and how to scare away sharks by impersonating Steven Spielberg.
Behind a stone-brick exterior, staff artisans supply guests with everything they need to paint masterworks on coffee mugs, knickknacks, and space-shuttle insulation tiles. Amid shelves lined with white ceramic pieces and cheerful orange walls, they also help guests fuse glass or paint canvases during classes that evoke inspiration from a featured painting. Guests with appointments, walk-ins, and birthday parties are all welcome to the cheerful Glazed space, where they can spend time being creative individually or with friends.
The staff of Total Fitness, led by husband-and-wife team Emery and Wendy Williams, offers no shortage of ways to get fit. Aside from the more than 50 pieces of aerobic equipment and more than 40 fitness classes a week, including Zumba classes, Total Fitness also offers plenty of free weights, a pool, and an indoor track. After a workout is complete, exercisers can relax in a cedar sauna or a steam room, or grab a snack at the onsite café and juice bar.
Inspired by the bright, rich colors of 18th-century French and Swedish design, longtime Greenville resident Jennie Leigh Gainey revitalizes tired old home decor or furniture pieces with a distinct aesthetic that Town magazine calls "Alice in Wonderland meets Ethan Allen." Gainey's refurbished furniture pieces evoke simultaneous airs of refined gentility and informal hominess, like an ivy-covered country manor or an English baron in sweatpants. Having traded in the makeup brushes she once used to makeover the likes of Matthew McConaughey for more conventional art supplies, Gainey uses coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to impart an antique finish to nearly any surface. Eager DIY-ers can gather to glean her technique during relaxed BYOB painting parties.
Brimming with works from up-and-coming artists across South Carolina, Southern Galleries treats aesthetes to an exclusive selection of paintings and custom frames. The gallery is overseen by an experienced team of curators and artists in residence, who also use the studio for fun, informative painting classes for adults and children. Located across from the clock tower in historical downtown Simpsonville, the gallery fosters a creative environment with ceiling-high bay windows, rustic exposed brick walls, and a catcher-free environment where dreams can roam unhindered.:m]]