Stacy was working for a large corporation when she first painted a pink puffy heart on a piece of pottery and fell in love with the relaxing, fun pastime. After finally leaving the business world a few years later, she followed her creative instincts and opened The Painting Paw. Today, she encourages others to connect with their inner artists as they paint pottery and layer glass, creating fused pendants and sun catchers. The Painting Paw also invites guests to mold silver clay into shapes for personalized jewelry made of 99.9% silver. As budding artists set to work amid sunflower-yellow and cherry-red tables and awnings, well-trained staff members are always present to answer questions about how often to feed porcelain figurines. In addition to welcoming unexpected guests during open-studio hours, The Painting Paw organizes classes and hosts parties.
The task of choosing a college looms over high-school seniors like the threat of forgetting to wear pants to the SAT. That's why higher-education experts at The College Program invented the College Game Report. The tool aids nerve-wracked students and parents by easily breaking down their top choices into two categories: colleges and statistics, and financial outlook. The colleges-and-statistics portion of the report compiles a list of 50 potential universities based on the pupil's preferences, including location, potential majors, and academic achievements. The financial-outlook section gives those footing the bill a better idea of realistic postgrad goals in terms of paying down student loans.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for special events, which include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing.