Since 1990, Kandice Champion's expert tutelage has propelled horses into being victorious in dressage, hunt seat, and Western show rings. Champion Training Center's expansive facility accommodates participants of all ages and skill sets as they enrich their riding prowess atop trained school horses during daytime, evening, and weekend sessions led by Kandice and her squad of qualified teachers. In addition to lessons, Champion Training Center supplies devoted equestrians with horses for sale and equips riders with new and used accoutrements, including saddles, boots, and equine tiaras.
Quail Run Creamery's co-owner, Scott "Dominic" Catino, draws on experience crafting soft cheeses and pampering the sustainable farm's bleating denizens to teach interactive classes to groups of up to 20 people. Sessions kick off with a tour of the dairy, which lets students learn how artisans prepare creamy delights and dispels conspiracy theories about Superman's role in the process. After a presentation on the history of cheeses, which is peppered with intriguing facts and trivia, tongues quiver in anticipation of a cheese plate. Coupled with tastings of Oregon wines, the platter parades seven different classifications of cheese that run the gamut from soft and mild to hard, complex, and brooding.
Premier Storage helps hoarders and overstuffed houses find relief from clutter with a covey of secure cubbyholes. For ease of moving, Premier Storage provides a box truck and offers covered loading areas where packers and storers can shuffle around their favorite items, such as extra furniture, old appliances, and uncool crockery. Customers choose from a variety of storage options including the closet-sized 5'x5' unit ($45–$48), the bedroom-equivalent 10'x10' ($99–$119), and a 10'x30' single-car garage-sized unit that's capable of storing vehicles, a houseful of items, and every single number in pi ($235). With many storage spaces sporting classy climate control between 55 and 75 degrees, stockpiled items stay condensation-free and unweathered, and the alarms on every unit deter bandits from banditing away precious keepsakes.
For 10 years, New Era Computers has taught students to bend computers to their will with software-wrangling classes that congregate in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Instructors employ individual attention and hands-on learning to unveil the mysteries behind Microsoft Word (a $180 value), Excel (a $225¬–$275 value), PowerPoint (a $180 value), Access (a $225–$275 value), or the accounting prowess of QuickBooks (a $225 value). Beginning courses impart basic skills, while intermediate courses delve into more complex studies and allow students to build their own scale model of the Internet. Classes meet in two-hour sessions, either twice a week for three weeks or three times a week for two weeks. New Era Computers' schedule lets prospective students peruse a convenient timeslot and teaches them how to introduce themselves in binary.
When Karen Beninati's son was young, she had a hard time finding a childcare facility with which she felt comfortable. So she decided to create WeVillage—a drop-and-go daycare, preschool, and summer camp that parents would feel comfortable leaving their kids at and a place where kids would actually want to go.
To put parents at ease, Beninati hired professionals with degrees in early childhood education and certifications in first aid and CPR. She also ensured they went through a thorough background check. To make WeVillage a place kids wanted to go to, she decided to offer activities such as dodgeball in the park, drawing, and visits to nearby museums.
All the activities at WeVillage are aimed at helping children improve their mental and physical skills while building the social skills necessary to succeed in school and make meaningful connections with their peers. Kids at WeVillage are also exposed to international culture via yoga classes, world music, and global cuisine.
Aedan Studio Photography's owner and principal photographer fell in love with cameras at first sight, inspiring her to set up her first darkroom in her grandparents' garage at the tender age of 13. The studio's memory-preservation specialists focus their lenses on capturing the genuineness of each moment, snapping shots of families, pets, and babies as they laugh and smile through unposed interactions. Photo sessions can take place in the fully equipped studio or at a picturesque outdoor setting, such as a vibrant park or a volcano erupting with baking soda and vinegar. The professional picture takers also visually immortalize monumental events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs.