The experienced instructors at MG Sport Horses, which was featured on Newhorse.com as a top Apopka riding-instruction locale, lead riders of all skill levels, ages 3 and older, in private lessons. Trainers guide novices through the basics of the English riding style and impart knowledge on general horse care and equipment function, and on training steeds to stomp out novels in Morse code. Riders who have logged more saddle time can handle the reins in a session focused on the discipline of their choice—hunter, jumper, or equitation. MG's instructors welcome new and intermediate riders to trot along with them at local GOHJA–rated and nonrated shows, and advanced horsemen can hoof it to the "A" circuit shows, in which human-and-steed pairs entertain audiences with standup comedy bits.
Studio 6's cheerful pottery palace is a great place to get friends together for a small ceramics gathering, ceramics rave, or first ceramics date rave. For basic pottery painting, start by selecting any mug, plate, vase, cookie jar, piggy bank, or other artifact from Studio 6's collection of hundreds of paint-ready ceramics. Next, surf your most creative brain waves to come up with a game-changing design, sketch it out with pencil, and select your glaze colors. Studio 6 has more than 35 vibrant, non-toxic hues to choose from, and all are microwave, dishwasher, and food safe. If you don't know how to paint or only know how to paint the Venus of Urbino on a divan made of butter, the friendly staff can help you draw a stegosaurus. Once your artwork satisfies your ocular intake, the professionals at Studio 6 will apply a clear glaze and give your piece a final firing in the kiln. You can pick up your fired and finished piece one week after your studio visit. This Groupon can also be used toward glass fusing, which involves arranging and layering colorful glass bits to create flat, decorative pieces of art that are also fired in a kiln.
Knox Nursery, Inc. started in 1962 on the Knox family's porch. Although the family-run nursery has grown to encompass more than 23 acres since then, the second-generation owners haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings, still emphasizing the down-home customer service that made the business what it is today. They and their staff lovingly harnesses the Floridian sunshine to produce plugs and liners, cultivating more than 5,000 plant varieties ranging in size from young ones destined for greenhouses to 4-inchers perfect for landscaping.
At the retail center, staffers stand ready to help green-thumbed shoppers to navigate the selection of annuals and perennials or pick out shrubs to block views of money-filled swimming pools from jealous neighbors. Palms, trees, and vegetables await their chance to fill out gardens or finish landscapes.
This wellness haven champions the healthful power of natural products, treating clients with soothing herbal products and educating on the effects of scent on the mind and body. Lead by owner and herbalist Michele Miller, a friendly staff helps customers navigate a vast selection of vitamins and holistic remedies. The shop puts theories into action through classes on aromatherapy and perfume making, during which students blend pure essential oils into calming bath salts, aromatic mists, and perfumes. Those in need of additional rest and relaxation can visit the day spa, stocked with therapists offering massages, energy treatments, and facials.
The Spa at Bella Collina is a luxurious contradiction. Its massive welcoming area and stone-tiled courtyard are reminiscent of an Italian castle, but inside, therapists rejuvenate bodies with the latest and most popular spa techniques. The spa's personalized treatments rejuvenate clients in a private retreat nestled in the rolling hills near Lake Siena. Before their treatments, clients can slip into robes in the private locker room, then relax in a secluded courtyard graced with a trickling waterfall and a blacksmith who fashions cast-iron cucumbers. The staff provide visitors with a comprehensive and detailed menu of facials, body treatments, nailcare, hair services, and massage therapy.