Punching bags are inherently rebellious creatures. That’s why Kickaro’s Martial Arts & Fitness keeps them in check with a dynamic array of martial-arts and fitness classes. The club’s skilled instructors offer safe, no-contact sessions, ideal for teaching hand-eye coordination and self-defense, as well as scorching calories. The schedule is diverse, with classes for adults, children, and pet cocker spaniels of all skill levels.
The experienced bead herders and metal wranglers who oversee the family-owned A Bead of Roses studio perpetuate the art of handmade, artisan jewelry. No prior experience is necessary to drop in on classes such as Beading 101 or Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Workshop, where the studio’s staff teaches students to shape and fire pendants from malleable gold and silver particle clay. In metalsmithing classes, students learn to wield a torch or a sneezy dragon’s snout to forcefully solder elegant necklaces. Classes take walk-in students or can be arranged for group events. A wide-ranging inventory of high-quality items—from feather hair extensions to hemp cord—keeps rivers of creativity from ever being dammed.
The coaches at Wilton Fencing Academy call upon decades of instructing experience as well as years of contending in national championships and collegiate competitions. During fencing classes, coaches aim to teach students the coordination, speed, agility, and self-assurance that is not only essential to competition, but also to everyday life. Students practice powerful driving moves and crafty defenses inside the academy's world-class facilities, which feature electronic scoring systems, wall projections, and regulation competition strips. In a separate viewing area, parents can admire their children's progress and unwavering concentration behind large windows. The academy is also home to the Performing Arts Center of Wilton, which helps students discover stage-navigating skills such as ballet, acting, and how to dodge shepherd's crooks.
Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.
In 2004, Scott Mikolay founded Desires by Mikolay in Chappaqua, New York. Success came quickly as word spread of his innovative custom designs. While hosting a broad range of designer lines in his flagship store, he decided to explore expanding his own designs to meet increasing demand.