Since 1995, FTA Firearms Inc.'s team of retired law enforcement officers and NRA-certified instructors have trained clients ranging from civilians to police personnel in firearm safety and responsibility. The staff primarily certifies students for concealed carry permit applications with a 12-hour course divided into two classroom sections and a private range session, during which pupils run through practical shooting exercises. FTA Firearms Inc.'s crew additionally teaches visitors basic marksmanship skills, offers in-depth analysis of self-defense laws, and trains women in proper gun handling. Instructors hold courses at various locales depending on size and demand, and private and group classes are also available at special rates.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, RedFoo and SkyBlu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," whose bouncy swagger dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. The band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
Stars Theater & Arts Center fosters self-confidence and life skills through arts education and dramatic performance. Theatrical director Cindy Verian writes and directs, making each show a family affair by having her husband and children share the responsibilities of set construction, choreography, and sound design. Along with staging performances of musicals and original shows, Stars Theater & Arts Center also holds youth classes and camps to develop performance and personal skills. Through positive self-expression, young thespians hone creative thinking, speaking skills, and self-confidence to boost their academic performance and prepare them for upcoming congressional speeches.
Classes and performances take full advantage of Stars Theater & Arts Center's facility, which includes a 1,600-square-foot ballroom, a dance studio, and a 120-seat theater. First-time visitors take in the exterior's castle-like design and faux drawbridge flanked by archers on the lookout for acid-penned critics.
Crazy Glaze equips artists old and young with the tips and tools needed to customize their own pottery. Patrons can browse the shop’s stock of bare bisque pottery pieces—from mugs and cups ($8–$14+) to whimsical unicorn figurines ($8+) and elephant banks ($9–$14+)—before embarking on a half-hour studio painting session ($3.50/person) complete with all the necessary gear, including brushes, stamps, and a biography of Monet.
Embrace Yoga Studio's flexible founders and team of Yoga Alliance–certified practitioners lead a schedule of Hatha yoga classes in a 1,000-square-foot studio, which is dressed in eco-friendly bamboo floors and dye-free linens. Seven days a week, up to 40 students per class practice beginner, child, pregnancy, and advanced yoga maneuvers designed to instill patience, strength, and balance while awakening inner spirits more effectively than throwing coffee on an Ouija board. Coordinated pranayamas score the connected, breath-centric movements of flow classes, and gentle relaxation takes a front seat in both Gentle and Absolute beginning courses. Each class offers enjoyment for all skill levels, but flow classes infuse aspects of yoga that challenge and strengthen the mind and body like playing chess with 200-pound pieces.
Through its camps, recreational classes, and competitive teams, Apex Gymnastics helps hone students’ physical skills and mental acuity. A dedication to safety and discipline informs the staff’s approach as they help participants gain strength, flexibility, and the agility to back-handspring to school every morning. In addition to regular lessons, Apex’s coaches offer up birthday parties with gym activities and present-opening time, as well as Parents’ Night Out, which provides a safe environment in which kids can play and allows parents to alphabetize their rock collections in peace.
When Scotsman Archibald Leslie settled in Holly Springs, North Carolina, in the early 19th century, he built a 180-acre estate right by the town’s freshwater springs. These days, only the estate’s springs and main house—a nationally registered historic site known as the Leslie-Alford-Mims House—remain. But with their pub, the proprietor’s of Archibald’s Tavern make sure the settler’s name lives on as well.
The tavern’s cooks specialize in staples of American bar food, such as hot wings, wraps filled with philly cheesesteak fixings, and burgers crowned with pepper jack cheese and jalapeños. Selections from an ever-expanding beer list pair perfectly with feasts, which patrons can complement by taking in that day’s game on flat-screen TVs mounted around the bar.