The classes at Herbal Thyme & Tea teach students how to utilize herbs in a variety of ways, whether through cooking, crafting, or body care. Plus the offerings frequently rotate in order to keep things fresh. Sipping on complimentary tea, pupils learn practical skills such as making natural body butter, creating pretty tea stains, and convincing people that the stains on their shirt are actually beautiful art. Couples can stop in on lovebirds night for a hands-on experience with their partner alongside other pairs.
Heather Rossio thinks confidence is sexy. That’s why she founded Studio X Pole Fitness—to help women to feel comfortable in their own skin. Here, experienced instructors show students of all levels how to move their bodies with power and grace. Intro to Pole sessions acquaint first-time twirlers with metallic dance partners through basic stretches, grips, and noninvasive icebreakers. Students can then move on to Beginners Pole courses that teach simple spins and transitions, as well as strength training and calorie-torching floor work. The staff recommends that attendees take at least two basic courses before graduating to Intermediate Pole's lessons on climbing the pole, sitting on the pole, and prepping for upside-down inversions. Advanced Pole classes—at the top tier of the pole pantheon—ready tricks, inversions, and spins for gravity-defying routines or actual moonwalks. Additional classes include Chair X-Fit, which tightens the core, hips, and thighs in 50-minutes sessions, and cardio-packed, dance-heavy Zumba classes. To glide and shimmy effortlessly and comfortably, guests are encouraged to don form-fitting shorts and tank tops.
Deborah Reavis, the resident artist at Wine, Paint & Canvas, has nearly two decades of teaching art under her belt, making her an excellent tutor for classrooms full of fledgling painters of all ages. Seated in front of rows of provided easels and surrounded by the works of past classes, students follow their instructors’ directions to produce the evening’s piece. Though everyone works from the same template, each student has the chance to stylistically personalize their work by mixing colors or painting only the coolest facial hair on self-portraits. Before brush touches canvas, guests can mingle over glasses of BYO wine and bottles of beer, with soda available for purchase.
Aspiring art purveyors in the larval stage (ages 5 to 12) can develop their artistic skills at Razzle Dazzle Arts, whose youth-focused program nourishes young imaginations and builds a solid foundation for a lifetime of creativity. With each class, students get 45 minutes of art instruction followed by another 45-minute session exploring the nuances of drama, plus vocal lessons. The Razzle Dazzle instructors Sarah Williams and Susan Coleman—each successful professional artists in separate fields—will bring their passion for the arts into each lesson. The Razzle Dazzle Arts studio boasts a fully operational theater with a full-sized stage, expert lighting, and rich acoustics, the ideal setting for reciting a poetic soliloquy or emotionally singing the instruction manual for an '86 Honda Civic.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, exercisers move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Those opting for the three-pack of classes can experience the Curves Circuit with Zumba fitness, which combines the feisty Latin dance-inspired fitness formula with Curves' standard circuitry to boost heart rates, strengthen abs, and turn sneakers into dancing shoes. For 30 minutes, participants can shake their hips and pinky toes while switching from station to station, burning calories as they torch staid routines.