Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
When they first opened, Primrose & Tumbleweeds sold 47 types of wine by the bottle. Today, their selection has increased to more than 4,000 wines, with regional pride fueling its growth—the store features a gigantic sampling of wines made in Oregon and the Northwest. Such a sizable inventory might seem intimidating, but the staff has settled on a few surefire methods for doling out sips: daily tastings, an ever-changing "Today's Pour" menu, and a weekday happy hour that runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., not to mention live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Even though wine is the main event, the venue is no mere wine bar. More than 250 craft beers and 75 hard ciders round out the list of libations, in addition to small-batch spirits that are distilled locally. The food menu proves just as changeable as the drink specials, with seasonal dishes such as bratwurst simmered in Guinness and the remains of a local snowman. The kitchen's ingredients are typically local, and the prep, hands-on. For example, homemade soups full of mushrooms and Hungarian spices complement sandwiches piled with turkey, brie, and whole-berry cranberry sauce.
Overflowing with Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, and more than 150 varieties of freshwater pearls, Planet Bead's extensive bead collection furnishes DIYers and beading students with the tools create custom jewelry. The beads are available á la carte, along with a selection of beading kits and instruction books. Meanwhile, in a classroom stocked with comfy chairs and custom-built crafting tables, resident bead experts guide students through complex patterns during one-day workshops. Each class focuses on a single project, such as making an anklet from Czech seed beads or guessing the number of beads Hulk Hogan could thread into his mustache.
With a storied and possibly haunted history stretching back to the late 1800s, The Venetian Theatre & Bistro maintains its vintage glamour with ornate chandeliers, a sweeping auditorium, and a cozy bistro with open-air seating. When the theater isn’t hosting plays and other special events, classic films splash across its gargantuan screen, transporting viewers back to simpler times when everyone rode on the backs of horses instead of on the shoulders of robots. The onsite eatery sates appetites with gourmet comfort lunches and dinners that include handcrafted pizzas and burgers, and wine is available by the glass.
For more than two decades, Nelsen's Yuletime Christmas Trees has spread holiday cheer with its fresh-cut douglas firs, grand firs, noble firs, and scotch pines. Its trees are hand-sheared and fertilized to maintain piney freshness and rich forest-green color well through the holiday season. In addition their majestic tannenbaums, Nelsen's woodsmen also fashion handmade wreaths, and offer accoutrements including tree stands and baling to assist with display and transport.
The weapons experts at Beavercreek Armory Range make guests’ safety their chief concern, which is why they maintain a membership system that ensures each of their guests are qualified, safety-savvy NRA members. A 12-lane indoor range keeps marksmen of all skill level comfortable with clearly displayed house rules and a high-efficiency ventilation system that quickly draws away gun smoke and replaces it with Clint Eastwood's captured sighs. In addition to supervising the range, Beavercreek’s team also leads classes that range from NRA-compliant defensive pistol and handgun classes to a youth safety course. Meanwhile, the in-house gunsmith can restore and repair firearms, as well as add customizations such as carbonia bluing or an antique car horn.