When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
Fibergé's kaleidoscopic array of yarns from brand names such as Blue Sky Alpaca, Spud & Chloe, and Rowan beckons knitters far and wide into the boutique, where they'll also find the needles and accouterments needed to pursue creative knitting endeavors of all kinds. The shop's expert artisans host a schedule of intimately sized classes, during which they expose beginners to basic knitting fundamentals and challenge preacquainted yarn binders with slightly more complicated projects, such as knitting baby hats and lobster mittens. For more advanced classes, stitchers use their favorite skeins and their own trusty needles to craft one of more than 200 patterns.
Peachy Seiden, a registered dietitian with 15 years of culinary experience, has penned two books of healthy recipes designed for cooking around a busy schedule. Inside a house painted peach, she teaches groups to prepare nutritious dishes with diverse international influences, including baked penne with health-smart Bolognese and moo shu chicken with flour tortillas for wrapping or tossing like frisbees. She also ladles out health advice and leads weight-loss programs with nutritional assessments and weekly weigh-ins to track progress.
Bella Forza Fitness's experienced instructors strengthen women from within. In classes such as Body Combat, students combine martial arts with cardio moves for fierce fat burning. Bella Forza Fitness also hosts parties for bachelorette and birthday parties and sells apparel online store.
Eastside Wellness Connections? studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.
PoleKittens Fitness offers fitness-focused females fun alternatives to conventional workout classes and methods. The 90-minute aerial silks workshop starts by warming up the muscles used for anti-gravity maneuvering, then embarks on a tutorial of basic climbs and aerial skills aboard a dangling expanse of fabric. Students hone their abilities close to the ground to avoid accidental collisions with bald eagles, and the class winds down with conditioning exercises used by professional aerialists to promote strength and flexibility. Each student receives a free souvenir photo ideal for showing off their silk-scaling skills to friends and prospective employers.