More than two decades ago, Angy Ford, the owner of Bravo Arts Academy, taught her first piano lesson. In the years that followed, Angy’s student base steadily grew, taking over her home-studio space and filling it with noise like a college roommate with no conception of personal space. Angy was heartened by this positive response and overwhelmed by the number of students knocking at her door, so she moved her operation to its current Ogden studio space, which, like the home studio that came before, has continued to expand. Here, Angy couples her bread-and-butter music classes with a host of other engaging pursuits—from art classes to dance lessons—that help kids develop confidence, coordination, and artistic skills. The academy’s facilities invite tots to tumble over thick foam, ballerinas to pirouette over a floating marley floor, and pianists to tickle the ivories in a group setting.
Broken down by age group, the academy’s offerings include preschool, where classes are kept small and incorporate sign language into the curriculum, and extends all the way to private music lessons for adults. Angy models her daycare after the best practices she observed while visiting more than 50 childcare centers, encouraging creativity and learning rather than running infants through daily gauntlets of strength.
Certified by the American Lighting Association, Lighting Design's staff roams the showrooms at three area stores, helping customers make informed decisions as they choose lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and furniture to match the decor of their home or underground lair. The store’s owner and skilled interior designer, Jean Eyre, and her staff all exploit their trained eyes and keen aesthetic sense when helping visitors navigate the massive inventory or when performing free in-home consultations. The shop's thousands of fixtures range from wall sconces and large chandeliers to ceiling fans, and they all hail from quality brands such as Murray Feiss, Minka Lavery, Metropolitan, and Emerson.
The clean, secure, box-babysitting storage units at SYS Storage span a variety of sizes for indoor and outdoor possession protection. Objects, containers, and self-constructed science-fair trophies sleep easily while snugly stored in the all-block construction, guarded by 24-hour on-site management and computerized gate access. Groupon holders can choose from 5’x10’, 10’x10’, 10’x15’, 10’x20’, or 10’x25’ sized units, or opt for outdoor storage for natural-tanning opportunities. Object owners enjoy 24-hour access to the facility, helpful for midnight moving, emergency access, or grandfather clocks that require lullabies. Auto-pay options assist out-of-towners in renewing the lease or paying their bills remotely.
Minky Couture's soft, fleecy blankets wrap tots and adults in a rainbow of colors that stay bright even after a trip through the washing machine. The teal satin lining of a Daisy Duke blanket ($70 for a 36"x30") warms kids' toes beneath a carpet of pink and yellow flowers, and the leopard-print Kami fitted crib sheet ($50) helps bassinets keep out the cold or camouflage their occupants during day care field trips to the Serengeti. Adults can curl up with a suspenseful section of the tax code under a Sarah Diamond blanket's subtle red damask design ($135 for a 50"x60") or prop up Marla's brown paisley pillow ($25) at the end of the living room divan. Shoppers may also opt to customize their piece with up to 10 characters of embroidery ($15), such as a child's name, a loved one's initials, or a blanket fort's street address.