Sisters Sherry, Shawn, and Chandra share their love of crafts and quilts at their shop, where they create custom quilts or supply all the materials needed for their clients to make their own at home. Their business’s location in a 100-year-old building mirrors their specialization in historical reproductions, though they also stock their shelves with new products designed to make quilting more approachable to newcomers. Crafters of all levels benefit from their classes, and shoppers browsing the merchandise—which includes Renaissance- and medieval-era vintage fabrics—will leave with a free pattern.
At Paint Until You Faint, students are introduced to the diverse world of art creation with recreation firmly in mind. Artists bring a favorite beverage to class, and sip on it continually while a 1950s-style jukebox plays tunes in the background and a professional instructor guides them through recreating a painting step by step. Students of all skill levels are welcome to join for the camaraderie while forging their own image on the canvas.
Pinot’s Palette has garnered ample press coverage, including a featured spot on Great Day Houston's "Date Night". While there aren’t many online user reviews yet for the newer Katy location, Yelpers give the Taft Street location a 4.5-star average.
Pieces by local artists, yoga demonstrations looping on a flat-screen TV, and comfy furniture all line the sun-soaked lobby at Bikram Yoga Sugar Land. The waiting area exudes the same soothing vibes students find inside the studio, where teachers lead 90-minute yoga sessions. Each class consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, which pupils of all ages and body types enact in a room heated between 105 and 107 degrees. The heat helps bodies stretch during the intensive cardiovascular workout, which burns calories, melts away stress, and increases flexibility.
If that sounds overwhelming, don't fret––the studio hosts beginner's classes several times a day, and supplies helpful info for first timers. Bikram Yoga Sugar Land even offers courses for kids, special-needs children, and babysitting for moms. Once class lets out, students can enjoy one of the studio's relaxing spa treatments, which range from massage therapy to organic facials.
At Yoga West, experienced, dedicated instructors promote healthy, centered lifestyles with sessions that unite the mind and body within a nurturing environment that emphasizes community, not competition. Owner Kristin Abel—whose motto is "It's just yoga"—welcomes patrons of all ages, shapes, and skill levels to ease into the relaxing world of yoga at their own pace, learning to release stress while having fun and getting fit. In classes suited to those who are stretching across the mat for the first time to advanced yogis, Abel and her team of dedicated instructors foster the release of toxins as students flow through Vinyasa's series of poses or stretch and soothe the body in restorative-yoga classes. The instructors also lead sensual belly-dancing classes and TRX resistance classes to bolster core muscles and cardiovascular systems without the need to jog with a giant sloth clinging to your back.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.