The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam the aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
A 20-acre boarding and riding facility, Blue Ribbon Riding Academy caters to horses and their biped partners year-round with a 21-stall horse barn and lessons for students of all skill levels and ages. Geared toward novice equine enthusiasts, the private introductory lesson schools new riders with necessary horse how-tos. Riders will learn how to properly groom their hoofed friend with a full makeover, then prep the horse with the proper riding costume and accessories. Finally, students will discover how to safely mount their grass-grazing auto alternative before their foray around the ring. After the lesson, horse operators should possess enough talent to advance to a semi-private lesson with similarly skilled riders.
At The Clay Canvas's child-friendly contemporary ceramics studio, customers of all crafting levels dabble in DIY activities ranging from pottery painting to hand-building moist-clay pieces. Children's summer camps, workshops, and other classes help youngsters take steps toward skilled painting or overcoming a fear of sitting at a potter's wheel that may be surrounded by friendly ghosts. The Clay Canvas also engages with the local artist community by selling finished pieces at the studio.