Quick Spark speed dating catalyzes romantic chemistry with its fun, sociable, and successful process. After arriving at the scheduled event, speed daters will receive a nametag, a match card, and map-like instructions for their multi-table love hunt. Most QS parties average 16 men and 16 women, so aspiring courters have a chance to meet at least 10 people and enjoy five minutes of friendly conversation at each stop.
Owner Jon Hughes presides over Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop's experienced staff members as they equip customers with the pedal-powered steeds that line every inch of the 1,400-square-foot shop. Pedal jockeys can race over roads with fresh tires ($15+) or ward off sidewalk splash with a pair of fenders ($15–$75), and helmets ($30–$120) protect delicate craniums from accidents and overzealous hairstylists. In the repair shop, mechanics scrutinize rides for problems before tweaking and tuning gears, frames, and wheels for smoother, safer riding. For an additional $40, customers can upgrade to a full tune-up, during which mechanics entirely disassemble and reassemble steely steeds.
The Hub’s mechanics-in-training (MIT) program teaches high-school-age youth the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance and customer service as part of an apprenticeship. In addition to gaining practical employment experience, MITs develop social and leadership skills by assisting The Hub's educational staff in training children how to repair bikes during the summer Youth Earn-a-Bike program. Young people also receive a small stipend during their tenure as apprentice mechanics. With additional aid, The Hub can support one of their mechanics-in-training for another month beyond the initial summer apprenticeship.
Actor, dancer, and choreographer Emily Rose and her team of creative instructors foster a love of the arts in students of all ages through lessons in acting, singing, and dancing. The studio's full spectrum of lessons also includes yoga, salsa, and acting, as well as Kids Club classes that synthesize singing and dancing to help kids earn their meals without having to scrub the cable dish. Students are also encouraged to stay after class to collaborate and practice with each other. Monthly parties extend student mingling, and regular studio field trips further instill class camaraderie.:
If it's difficult to keep track of the various techniques that characterize Kuk Sool Won, that's because it incorporates some part of every Korean martial art: jabs and kicks, throws and grappling, locks, falling, and general body conditioning—even animal-inspired moves and combat with weapons. In addition to the sparring methods, Kuk Sool Won also emphasizes ancient Eastern healing techniques—such as acupuncture, acupressure, and meditation—as ways to build confidence before and after combat. At Kuk Sool Won of Madison Heights, instructors lead classes for all levels, even families.