True to their studio's name, the staff of Hot Yoga House strive to immerse guests in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. The instructors host classes for all experience levels that bathe bodies in 95- to 100-degree heat, and they complement the warm temperatures with compassionate teachings. Each instructor brings their own character to the sessions, which follow the Barkan method of yoga mixed with elements of Vinyasa and meditation. They blend these styles to help students cultivate strength, flexibility, and personal growth, a feat normally only accomplished by doing handstands on top of a hardcover copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. Between classes, the resident massage therapist, Julia Rix, can soothe tense muscles with specialized kneading.
A family-owned, full-service shop, Neptune Diving & Ski has equipped its customers with skiing, snowboarding, and scuba essentials for nearly four decades. Inside, the shop's passionate staff helps thrill seekers of all ages prepare for upcoming adventures both by servicing equipment and providing lesson programs for all three sports. Neptune also acts as a travel guide, offering exotic trips to local and international locations throughout the year.
With 28 years of experience backed by a Master's in guitar from the Berklee College of Music, Matt Pruitt helps guitar students reach their potential one strum at a time. Pruitt operates out of the Cotten Music Center, where he typically meets one-on-one with students for lessons tailored to suit the individual's skill level, goals, and interest in smashing guitars.
When budding artists step into Uptown Art, inspiration swarms their minds. Within a lofty, open studio, paintings from past pupils line the walls and easels sit on long tables, waiting to host their next masterpiece. After selecting a theme from the schedule, adult painters tie on an apron, load up a palette with acrylic paints, and sip a BYO beverage for courage before searching within for their inner Picasso and the Lego they swallowed as a child. After two to three hours of socialization, discovery, and instructor guidance, students return home with a masterfully rendered landscape, an abstract still life, or an expressive butterfly. During kids' classes, wee ones gain inspiration and a helping hand from the friendly teachers. Daytime sessions focus on topics fitting for growing minds, such as painting a teddy bear or using shapes to express existential yearning.
Despite being blessed with a mellifluous, five-octave voice and an unwavering desire to sing, Brett Manning couldn’t find a vocal coach who would give him the results he wanted, always slipping back into the same problems and frustrations. That all changed when he met a wizened old gentleman who had spent his career amassing effective exercises and training some of the country's top singers. Taking classes from his new mentor, Manning began his own experimental foray into vocal training, streamlining his newly discovered secrets and adding new tricks to enhance his lessons. Before long, he was helping Broadway casts, Grammy-winning artists, and big-label singers to improve their vocal performances and shame all other party invitees in renditions of "Happy Birthday."
At Brett Manning's studio, a hand-selected coterie of coaches—each individually trained in Manning’s method—helps to shape up aspiring crooners, bringing a wide range of experiences to lessons. Classes are available in person, over the phone, or on Skype, allowing students to hone their pipes from across the country or safely hidden in the studio's air ducts.