Though she worked as a graphic designer for more than 25 years, Tara M. Smith never considered herself an artist until she opened The Uncorked Artist, a casual salon where artists and locals of all experience levels come together to paint, drink, and unwind. The welcoming studio is stocked with all the painting essentials: smocks, brushes, canvases, paints, and bowls of fruit trying to launch their modeling careers. The studio also hosts painting classes, camps, and private parties for adults and kids.
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Even Mermaid Art Studio’s sign is a masterpiece. Above the storefront window, a giant octopus with outstretched tentacles holds a redheaded mermaid. The vintage maritime aesthetic carries over to the studio’s interior, where chalk-drawn seascapes and wooden fish sit atop a mosaic floor created by owner Denine Wish and some of her students. During group classes or private lessons, these artists of varying skill levels use provided materials to mold ceramics, paint portraits, and tie-dye their pet ponies’ tails.
For Maria de Sousa, tango dancing was part of her Argentinian heritage. She embraced the style as a way to reconnect with her native country, and traveled back and forth between her American home and Buenos Aires to master her steps. Conversely, for Pierre Baston, his passion for tango began as a foreign fascination. He watched a dinner show while visiting Buenos Aires that enraptured him, inspiring him to immerse himself not only in dance lessons, but historical and cultural research—he still collects authentic tango sheet music from the early 20th century. Both dancers became certified through a master's program at the Escuela Argentina de Tango in Buenos Aires, and now elucidate the art of dipping and spinning at eight Philadelphia locales.
Maria and Pierre walk students of all experience levels through tango's passionate choreography. They host group classes for social learning experiences, and lead private seminars at their studios or a venue of the client's choice. Because they coordinate all the necessary partner match-ups and music, their protégés needn't bring a companion or play Keep Away with a violin's bow to make it whine.
Oil stains, acrid gasoline smells, billowing clouds of exhaust—visitors won't find any of these at Speed Raceway. An indoor go-kart facility that employs as much eco-friendly technology as possible, the center's Italian-made OTL Storm Karts run entirely on electricity. But that doesn't mean they're lacking in horsepower. Each reaches speeds of up to 45 miles-per-hour, according to Philadelphia Magazine, which included Speed Raceway in its 2013 Best of Philly feature. With two European-style tracks, drivers can hit top speeds on straightaways before sliding around hairpin turns over 12 laps for kids or 14 laps for adults.
Despite the velocities reached, safety remains of paramount importance. Race officials use colored flags to communicate with the drivers: green means "race away," yellow means "ease up while a situation is being resolved," and teal means "hey, look at this teal flag I found in the closet." At the end of each race, every participant receives a printed results sheet complete with lap times and statistics.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Horsham Fitness Club prides itself on helping clients burn fat and build muscle, without charging them high gym fees. They also make workouts more convenient by providing enough cardio and strength-training machines to help ensure that visitors don't have to wait to work out. Certified fitness instructors teach group classes including Zumba and yoga, while personal trainers lead one-on-one, customized workouts. Visitors can also come to exercise solo, lifting weights before a relaxing trip to the sauna, where they can steam away stress and perms they don't want anymore.