When she picks up her brushes and a glass of wine, Tiffany Michelle Bora transforms into The Tipsy Artist. After discovering a love for art at the age of 4, she followed that passion through studio art studies at Texas Tech University and into a role as an art gallery director. Though she's experimented with metal sculpture, photography, and interior design, one of her most enduring media is paint. Today, she passes her knowledge and technique on to others through playful painting parties.
These events blend low-pressure instruction with a palette of bright colors and at least a few glasses of red and white. To guide students through her process, Tiffany relies on examples of her own upbeat works and an occasional guest lecture from Vincent Van Gogh. The result is an experience praised in local media such as Oklahoma Live, Oklahoma Gazette, and the City Sentinel for its ability to put painters of all experience levels at ease. The Tipsy Artist has drawn others into her artistic world with parties at several upscale wine bars and restaurants. Whether she's coordinating a public party or a private event, Tiffany sees what she does as blending culinary and visual art: she often arranges platters of food to help soak up all the wine.
Since the early '70s, Jeannie Colbert has aspired to spark joy in others with her clay handiwork. At ClaydoodleZ Pottery Art Studio, she molds plates, flowers, and other pieces for visitors to decorate during artistic visits, and her studio pizza parties encourage fun and creativity without the slippery dangers of paint-your-own Twister mats. A collection of retail crafts occupies the adjacent Southern CharmZ Market, where guests can pick out trinkets such as photo frames, statues, and tea sets.
Wet Brush Studio's professional artist Karin Dodd teaches painting techniques to participants of all experience levels during private and public art classes. During a low-key session, Dodd shows each budding brush artist how to replicate a particular work of art, using acrylic paints to bring individual interpretations to life on a 16"x20" canvas.
Photo Card Café' presents an array of customizable templates that customers can amend and adorn with up to four uploaded photographs, resulting in bundles of cards for holiday greetings, special announcements, invitations, or thank-yous. Purple floral ornate wedding invitations ($1.16 for each 4"x6" card-stock print) set nicely against black and white, color, or sepia images of the soon-to-be newlyweds, and come accompanied by matching save-the-date cards ($0.89 for each 4"x6" photo-paper print), thank-you notes ($1.25 for each 5 1/4"x4" folded card), and animatronic carrier pigeons. Pictures of future astronauts find a fit with the rocket party invitations ($1.10 for each 5"x7" photo-paper print). Instead of replacing all condiments with eggnog, lend your fridge some holiday cheer the easy way with the 4"x6" magnetized Christmas cards ($2.15 each), which are festooned with nuzzling reindeer or bedazzling ornaments.
At Nothing but Class, seasoned instructors lead fitness-goers and dance enthusiasts alike during energy-packed group classes and hip-hop parties. A full schedule of 45- to 60-minute group sessions inspires coordinated calorie torching and synchronized sweating, with 5–10 students in each. Participants slide into traditional routines such as yoga and Pilates, or join a combination class such as Barre None, which increases stamina through a fast series of modified ballet moves centered around a folding chair and mat. The Booty Camp class tones each participant's derrière and the Pole Aerobics class employs a vertical pole and swinging moves to strengthen the body without dancing or cage-fighting.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.