Burnished to a mature patina through 32 years of operation, Midwest Woodworkers and its team of instructors hone technical skills and channel creative energy among students of all experience levels with a conglomeration of woodworking classes. Up to five students dovetail their talents in each three-hour introductory class, where friendly woodworkers coach hands-on craftsmanship with chock-a-block expertise and Geppetto-given hearts. Pen Turning 1 sessions spin humble blocks into monogram-worthy scribblers, and router basics classes carve corners and curves into wood. Whittle away at basswood in carving-figurines courses, or restore youthful glow to aged grains with architectural-carving-inspired floral and leaf etchings. Begin projects more efficiently with a slash course in sharpening, then bring them to spine-tingling conclusions with a tasteful application of veneer and inlay or finishing.
A member of the Green Building Initiative and a Building Performance Institute-accredited organization, USA Insulation keeps home inhabitants at a comfortable temperature as they go about their daily lives. The service process commences when a trained energy consultant visits the home to inspect the building for potential areas of improvement, such as an under-insulated attic or a basement that refuses to wear socks. He then makes recommendations to increase the home's R-Value, a statistical measure of a building's resistance to heat transfer. Proper insulation can not only keep the interior at a comfortable temperature, but can also help the homeowner save money on monthly heating bills and koozie expenses.
Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.
The tigers, lions, and jaguars at Henry Doorly Zoo may not realize it, but the professionals at Lumbermen’s Hearth & Home expertly laid the brick walls that surround their cat complex. Constructing brick and stone exteriors for exotic animals is just one of the ambitious projects Lumbermen’s has tackled since 1932, when they opened their doors with the mission of serving local lumberyards. After eight decades of hard work, the fourth-generation family-owned operation gradually expanded the scope and size of their business, which now houses four sprawling showrooms. These spaces showcase myriad options for customizing their customers’ decks and outdoor landscapes, such as grills from brands including Napoleon, patio furniture, and fire pits. Lumbermen’s also makes interiors cozy, tricking out living rooms with fireplaces and stoves capable of burning fraudulent tax documents rolled into logs.
The modern decor and chic furnishings at Lason & Spa exude an urban sophistication, impressing visitors with an exposed loft-style ceiling, contemporary artwork, and Manhattan cityscapes that decorate the walls. Beneath the rafters stands owner Lisa Gunter, who helms a team of savvy stylists and aestheticians. Wielding products from brands such as American Crew, Pureology, and Aquage, stylists perform custom haircuts, styling, color services, and hair-removal treatments. Aestheticians rejuvenate faces with custom facials, masks, and peels, and the spa techs also pamper hands with mani-pedis.