Drawing on more than 20 years of cabinet-making experience, founder Paul Akers caters to the unique needs of the modern carpenter by fashioning innovative and timesaving woodworking tools. Akers solicits design ideas from working carpenters to create FastCap's unique wares, including its signature line of self-adhesive screw caps ($2.10+ for a sheet, number of caps/sheet vary based on material). Fine tune drawings with a durable FatBoy pencil ($14.95), build beatific window and door moldings with the Pro Tools reveal square ($5.95), or measure spaces with the FlatBack 16' tape measure ($7.95), which has a blank edge for writing notes and cinderblock-inspired cinquains.
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10–60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface, such as a countertop.
At The Chrysalis, guests are cocooned in material luxuries and the hospitality of a friendly staff. Enjoy the confines of a two-person luxury corner suite complete with stunning views of a glimmering, glittering Northwest seascape, a gas fireplace, and a two-person jetted tub set in a bay window for panoramic soaking. Boarders may work the wet bar and remain dry, channel surf cable TV, or hop onto the Internet to brush up on their conversational Esperanto. Each king-sized bed dons lavish linens and a down comforter, and a two-person shower offers plenty of elbow room. Additionally, luxury corner suites include a DVD and CD player, iPod dock, dual phone jacks, a refrigerator, and a snack-packed minibar stocked by local Lilliputians.
With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
Basketball season isn’t the most important time for a player according to Coach Isaac Watson: it’s the off-season. To keep kids’ skills sharp, Coach Isaac hosts year-round clinics and camps through BBallers United. Though geared toward boys and girls ages 13–18, sessions are open to young athletes of all ages and experience levels looking to enrich their game. Under Coach Isaac’s tutelage, ballers exhaust themselves with drills that hone individual quickness, ball handling, and proper shooting technique. And since the game is as much psychological as it is physical, students learn tricks for handling the pressure that comes from playing intimidating players or teams. That being said, players do sample some on-court action during scrimmages meant to instill fundamental team dynamics.