With federally licensed flight instructors, quality ground facilities, and well-maintained aircraft, Tri-State's flight school provides a stable base for serious students or an enabling experience for those simply following mankind's innate urge to fly. Amateur aviators spend the first half of the lesson on the ground learning the principles of flight, including basic aerodynamics and how the craft works. Before takeoff students assist in the preflight inspection, then help check the weight and balance to ensure the plane is in shape to fly and has finished its vegetables. During flight, students will be allowed to briefly take the controls and pilot the plane, and then review their voyage in a postflight debrief.
Grateful Threads Fabric & Furnishings tempts textile tinkerers with more than 1,000 bolts of fabric from national brands such as Robert Allen, Big Kahuna, and Ralph Lauren. Decorating doyens can wrap a sofa in red velvet, and knightly crafters can create stylish silk sword cozies, ($3.09–$50/yard). The staff of design professionals and seamstresses helps lead lost drapers through a sea of window treatments, bedding, and table coverings that remain special without stains that resemble Elvis. Grateful Threads' vast, warehouse-style store is sprinkled with funky furniture to inspire aspiring upholsterers.
For furniture conundrums pertaining to sleeping surfaces, Dean Bosler's keeps a showroom fully stocked with Jamison mattresses, which enable shoppers to test out a new bed-frame buttress, taking 10 minutes to dream about starting a rap group with Leonard Nimoy. Though mattress prices vary as widely as the makes and models of race-car beds, queen-size cradles start at $499 and can range up to $2,999.
Stocked with more than 2,000 in-store frames, Inman's garnishes the walls of homes and businesses with handsome, professionally bordered images in a range of colors and styles. An advanced, computerized matte cutter quickly and easily cleaves almost any design to fit around pictorial borders, from simple square slices or last names to the machine's own interpretation of what the wind looks like. Choose from the store’s more than 1,000 clip art images to further embellish your images. Though custom framing prices are highly variable, a 16"x20" double-matted print can be framed for $99.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Kitchen Affairs is a full-service, gourmet kitchen shop that has been helping inexperienced chefs discover their domestic potential for nearly 25 years. Single-session classes impart techniques from the most basic egg beating to mastering more than a dozen ethnic cuisines and regional specialties. Choose a class on Kitchen Affairs' diverse calendar to become an expert architect of some of your favorite dishes, including family-style pizza, homemade sausages, sushi, and horse feather with sunshine soup. During the Romantic Chocolates class ($45), experienced instructors teach Cupidian lovers the dark secrets of truffles, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse cake with finger-licking fashion. Many classes are demonstration only, some are hands-on, and all are delicious. Reservations are required.