As winner of one of Boise Weekly's 2009 Best of Boise awards, Need to Bead earns local recognition with friendly, knowledgeable staffers who teach a variety of classic and modern jewelry-making techniques. Customers can tote along their own beads or purchase beads ($0.02–$150 each) from the store's glittering selection—which includes vintage beads from the 1930s–1960s, Swarovski crystals, and hand-blown kryptonite—to assemble into lobe adornments under the guidance of experienced instructors. Up to 12 students gather at a long, wooden table to peruse 1,300 available project designs for inspiration and use the studio's tools to craft earrings with a personalized touch. The enclosed kids' room allows children to play, watch movies, or imagine what it's like to fill out tax forms as their parents fashion glimmering accessories.
Formed in 2006 from three merging soccer clubs, Idaho Rush Soccer is a regional footsport powerhouse, with more than 3,000 recreational, select, and competitive players of all age groups under its guidance. Their well-structured developmental-recreation programs pick up savvy kickers starting at age four and, with the help of dedicated coaches, guide them from fundamentals and into their competitive teams. Professional coaches with years of ball-wrangling experience under their belts helm the competitive teams, whose members have unlimited coach access and the opportunity to train with other Rush teams and one of David Beckham's body doubles. Additionally, a college advisory program helps soon-to-be academics find collegiate opportunities for their skills.
The Front Climbing Club has attracted a crew of passionate setters and climbers with various outdoor-climbing experience, earned while climbing around the world. The staff brings this knowledge to its route setting, filling the 20,000-square-foot space with bouldering routes and top-roping walls that will boggle the mind and body like a kiss from Albert Einstein. Instructors lead these climbing and bouldering classes as well as training sessions, either teaching the fundamentals or helping attendees of virtually any age and skill level master more advanced techniques. Also offered are yoga classes and a full array of strength and cardio equipment, which can provide year-round conditioning training. The Front runs afterschool kids’ programs and camps, helping young climbers hone skills needed for teamwork and concentration. The club's pro shop also keeps visitors prepared for climbing excursions by allowing them to stock up on specialty supplies, including rock shoes, ropes, alpine and ice gear, and training equipment.
Improvolution?s motto is ?live funny, die laughing,? and although it?s a slightly edgy sentiment, the troupe promises that its shows are clean enough for kindergarteners, grandparents, and everyone in between. The crew, whose managing director is also a regular cast member, regularly stages evenings of short-form comedy at their new venue or at business and birthday functions. Continual audience interaction and occasional wacky props produce a stream of new inspirations for the performers as they build quick scenes or even stage a rap video at a moment?s notice. The troupe also spearheads workshops in the art, helping aspiring actors flex their adlibbing abilities and audiences break through debilitating suggestion-shouting blocks.
Painted on the wall of the gym, three words sum up Fit, LLC: discipline, determination, and dedication. The personal fitness training studio inspires these in each student as they work out with kettlebells, elliptical machines, TRX straps, and jump ropes. Then again, maybe it's a different three words: focused intense training. Under the personal guidance of a trainer, they gain the inspiration and the information they need to work out intelligently and with dedication.
A temperature of 2,000 degrees is hard to comprehend. Its the heat at which some lava flows, as well as the RealFeel temp inside a minivan that's been sitting in Death Valley all afternoon. But for David and Kristi MacDonald, 2,000 is the degree at which they melt borosilicate glass with a specialized torch. The husband-and-wife team share a love of glasswork that has extended to creating a glass studio in their own home. Here, they sell their glass artwork and share their knowledge through lessons, during which they teach students of all levels how to safely craft their own glass creations.