At fully stocked facilities, Mix 'em Up Bartending School's TIPS-certified instructors ready students for a career mixing drinks in a nightclub setting. Real taps, sinks, and machinery offer each pupil hands-on training, all overseen by potable professionals boasting the experience and chiseled biceps acquired during a minimum of seven years manning the taps. Music and disco lights foster a true-to-life atmosphere aimed at granting graduates the confidence needed to work in real bar conditions. Showing a commitment to helping all types of students succeed, Mix 'em Up pours out its curriculum in both full- and part-time classes and encourages graduates to take advantage of lifetime access to job-placement databases.
GT Dream Cars unleashes its elite fleet of exotic, automatic sports cars on a temporary basis to help add a touch of luxury, beauty, and raw power to an afternoon. The lineup of swanky steeds includes the powerfully sleek Aston Martin Vantage, the luxurious Bentley Continental GT, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the Maserati GranTurismo, or the Lamborghini Gallardo, with the power of 550 horses or 78 furious mastodons. Inside car cockpits, conquer the 2.7-mile road course, blasting down the straightaway and deftly maneuvering the mini corkscrew with the ease of a bobsled team weaving down a water slide.
Renaissance Studio proprietor and artist-in-residence Michael Straub produces commissioned works of art, showcases a roster of artists throughout the year, and teaches drawing, web design, app development, and cartooning classes for kids and adults. Over his career Straub has mastered a number of painting styles including trompe l’oeil (photorealism) and what he calls Lemurian style, his own blend of Japanese prints and medieval stained glass. In addition, he has been a professional DJ in New York City and heads a production studio that develops interactive applications, two endeavors that inform his web and DJ classes.
At The Mad Potter, both kids and adults find an outlet to flex their creative muscles. The studio—a welcoming space full of natural light and wooden tables and chairs—showcases a variety of unfinished pottery pieces, ranging from magnets and candlesticks to picture frames and food-safe dinnerware. During Paint by Story sessions, a staff member reads a book aloud while budding child artists use nontoxic paints to bring one of the characters to life. The studio also hosts birthday parties for youngsters and get-togethers for adults, including bridal showers, corporate outings, and team-building events.
Sphericality’s team of female trainers cultivates a motivating and nonintimidating workout environment where everyone is on a first-name basis rather than an AOL-username basis. During the diverse range of classes, the friendly instructors aim to work the entire body through yoga poses. In addition to classes, they host regular workshops to supplement workouts with advice on nutrition.
Solberg Aviation combines FAA-certified flight instructors and a fleet of top-notch Cessna aircraft to provide hands-on flight instruction to aspiring aeronauts of all skill levels. Each introductory flight lesson begins by acquainting would-be wingers with the flying fundamentals during a short preflight briefing. Once students have absorbed the preflight curriculum, they'll put their knowledge to the test during a 15- or 30-minute assisted-control flying lesson, during which they'll take the controls, navigate the skies, and behold nearby formations of rocks that spell out “Help: Cannot say ‘no’ to rocks salesmen.”