With quilts stitched together from T-shirts and emblazoned with Harley Davidson logos, Bad Girl Quilting is out to prove that the art of needlework has appeal for anybody with a sense of imagination. Beyond the shop's bounty of classic and unconventional custom-quilting services, quilting experts also share their skills in private lessons on a Husqvarna Viking 18 x 8 Mega Quilter. The long-arm quilting machine isn't computerized, which means customers can stitch their own freehand designs without adding to their pile of quilts curiously embroidered with the words "Resistance is Futile." Guests may also rent the quilting machine by the hour in order to forge a homespun creation without paying steep prices for impersonal finishing services.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe 24-hour access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering work out rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
At Whimsy Paint & Sip, art lovers of all ages and experience levels can spend time in Picasso's disproportionate shoes, painting and pairing their artistic efforts with a cocktail, glass of wine, or nonalcoholic beverage from the menu (additional purchase required). Creative treks commence when the artistically inclined pre-select an easy-to-paint canvas masterpiece they'd like to recreate from the shop's calendar, which includes a plethora of natural and whimsical options alongside classics such as Monet's Bridge Over Water Lilies and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. The events take place under the palette-primed eye of one of Whimsy’s professional artists, who lead broods of brushers through each stroke, all over the inspirational din of funky tunes. All supplies (which are mostly made in the United States), including the canvas, paints, and easels, are provided by the studio. When the paint clears, each former fingerpainter will have a wall-ready piece created by their very own hands, lending a more personal touch to any bare foyer, lifeless living room, or less-than-stunning meat locker.
Aimed at the broadening of juvenile horizons, the music classes and ensemble programs at Intermezzo Academy of Music, LLC are designed for students as young as 4 years old through to folks approaching adulthood. No matter their emphasis—classics to symphonic rock—ensemble classes give aspiring musicians a chance to build their skills with a peer group that they're comfortable with. Their children's classes emphasize play and discovery, rather than rigid repetition of scales, to instill kids with a love of music and get rid of the debilitating fear that the rhythm is going to get them. Teachers often host sessions for adults as well, providing grown ups occasion to raise their skills during all-level grown-up orchestras.