Wooden shelves teem with more than 750 designs of bisque pottery pieces that include small decorative bowls, plates, banks, and mugs shaped like owls. On nearby tabletop risers, glazes in nearly 100 colors sit next to stacks of brushes, sponges, stencils, and stamps. Art Smart Academy staffers help children of all ages, including those with fully formed mustaches, exercise their creativity. They guide visitors through open pottery-painting sessions, themed painting parties, and adults-only painting workshops between the studio's bright lavender and sunburst yellow walls—often educating visitors in new artistic styles and terminology. The creative staffers also travel outside the studio as part of a mobile art-education program, and bring ample art supplies to outdoor painting parties.
Pivotal Fitness' clean, modern health clubs keep patrons comfortable as they stay fit. Regimens can take advantage of the battery of high-tech machines from brands such as Life Fitness, Matrix, and Hammer Strength or adhere to tried-and-true free weights. To help with regimens, instructors lead intense Les Mills group fitness classes such as Bodypump and Bodystep, as well as sessions of Zumba, yoga, barre, bootcamps, and other popular classes. Several locations host a ladies-only section with a separate entrance, as well as childcare options that go beyond the usual babysitting method of cryogenically freezing kids for an afternoon.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
The beauty of art and wine intertwine at UnWine. The artists at UnWine guide students through classes that allow them to create personal masterpieces as they sip on tasty drinks. Students as young as 16 may attend (sans alcohol), and UnWine also holds classes for kids aged 15 and younger. Classes are ideal for all occasions such as date nights, girls? nights out, and birthday parties, and UnWine even schedules private sessions and off-site classes for special events.
Amid clanking plates and clients groaning to grind out that last set, Julius "JT" Thomas's voice can often be heard giving instructions. As the lead trainer at Freeplay Athletic Training, JT—a college football player with a biology degree—leads sports-specific workouts and training regimens to foster fitter, stronger, faster clients. The gym facilitates these goals by offering 24-hour access to weight machines, free weights, cardio machines, and areas devoted to explosive workouts with exercise balls and box jumps.
Hampton Hill is a privately owned and operated athletic club with fitness equipment, classes, spa services, and a high degree of commitment to its members’ satisfaction. The multi-leveled fitness oasis has three main gyms with weight machines, free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines, making each workout as varied as the Eskimo word for 'snow.' The abundant class offerings run the gamut of fitness, from yoga, Pilates, spin, abs, all the way back to total-body cardio. The gym’s Biggest Loser Challenge invites members with serious weight goals to join their peers and shed pounds in a positive, supportive environment—as many as 80 people have participated at a time, with winners dropping as much as 60–70 pounds over the course of the six-week program.