Colorful flower arrangements and golden-oak wood tones brighten the styling stations at International Beauty Education Center II, where students carefully perform services as they work toward cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetician licenses. With intensive study of the beauty industry and a fresh perspective on new trends, the students are able to avoid accidentally giving clients the hairdos of the Founding Fathers. They perform waxing treatments, manicures, haircuts, and skin-cleansing services. Treatments include anti-aging facials, tangerine-escape manicures, and chocolate-mint-mousse spa pedicures.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
Anytime Fitness accommodates night crawlers and day denizens with 24-hour access to endless rows of equipment, group fitness classes, and personalized training. Custom regimens rounded out by nutritional advice from a certified trainer make each client feel special, like a diamond the size—and shape—of a horse. Group fitness classes, alternatively, promote camaraderie and help participants stave off boredom by presenting a mixed array of drills. The gym's rows of TV-equipped treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary cycles with stair climbers help prepare legs for marathons and broken escalators. Weight machines, dumbbells, and kettlebells enable gym-goers to crank up muscle mass, and an unwinding experience in a high-powered tanning bed sends clients off with a sense of relaxation.
Pinot's Palette is less an art studio than it is a way for people to enjoy a libation-filled night out with friends, one that happens to include a painting project. The painting sessions evoke adults' inner artists whether they have any painting experience or not, encouraging conversation and good cheer while painting and sipping. Some locations feature a BYOB policy while others serve beer and wine from the bar. Each session features a predetermined painting—from flowers and animals to known classics such as Van Gogh's _Starry Night_—which each participant tackles from their own artistic angle under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Inside an Argentinean milonga, tango dancers beneath colorful lights sweep together and apart like a field of swaying flowers. The same moves popular in the Tango salons of Buenos Aires come to life on the foot-cushioning sprung floor of Spokane Tango. In the studio’s chandelier-lit dancehall, which is called Club Corazon, lilting strides carry students beneath curtains the deep red of a pinot noir or a gaucho who just dropped his lunch tray. During BYOB milonga parties, there is no pressure to show perfect technique; pupils focus instead on enjoyment and self-expression.
Racecourses are typically reserved for professional drivers, but since 1992, civilians have been roaring around ProAutoSports' racetracks in their personal, street-legal vehicles. The organization—which has more than 2,000 members in four states—teaches high performance driving skills to drivers of all levels, with a special emphasis on techniques for street-legal cars and exotic models.