Part art gallery, part cocoa bar, Artfully Chocolate was established in 2007 when owner Eric Nelson quit his job as an executive in order to pursue his artistic passions. Needing a little something extra to draw attention to his shop and unwilling to sound a tornado siren after every purchase, Eric called on the services of friend and chocolatier Rob Kingsbury. Kingsbury instantly infused the colorful gallery with the sweet allure Eric was seeking.
Today, the duo's handiwork takes center stage inside two different locations: Eric's masterpieces parade across the walls, and Rob's expertise reveals itself in sips and bites of decadent drinks and pastries. They also host tasting classes, including a wine-pairing class and chocolate-tasting class.
There are drinking events, and there are music events. But for ticket-holders to On Tap Magazine's Can Jam Beer & Music Festival, there's no need to choose between the two. Festgoers can sip canned suds from breweries such as Flying Dog, Oskar Blues, Starr Hill, and Yuengling, as they boogie to the Latin-infused rock of Lloyd Dobler Effect, sway to reggae sounds, or channel their inner Grateful Dead as they jam to the sounds of Justin Trawick Group. There will also be games to play and food trucks to sample from the likes of Sol Mexican Grill, Willie's Po' Boy, and Top Dog. A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Southeast Tennis & Learning Center.
Since 2000, the instructors at Dance Studio Lioudmila have helped beginner, advanced, and competitive dancers hone their skills during group and private lessons. In a climate-controlled studio, music flowing from a professional sound system encourages students to boogie while they master moves in various styles including tango, bachata, and swing. Wall-mounted mirrors make it easier to mimic the instructor’s moves and keep the dancer behind you from giving you bunny ears.
Led by board-certified cosmetic specialist and physician Dr. Pickens, About Face Aesthetic Centers' team of licensed master aestheticians helps clients to achieve and maintain healthy-looking skin with both injectable and noninvasive treatments. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and IPL photofacial treatments work to noninvasively resurface skin to address issues including acne, fine lines, and sun spots. The center's staff can also use injectable serums such as Botox or dermal fillers to smooth fine lines and add volume to the face for a more youthful look. Clients looking to improve their bodies below the neck can opt for contouring VelaShape treatments, which work to slim the silhouette without invasive liposuction. The seasoned team members' versatile skill sets has earned them positions as beauty consultants for top cosmetic brands such as Aveda, Clinique, and Estée Lauder.
Rick’s Wine and Gourmet is a locally owned neighborhood shop stocked with fine cheeses, charcuterie, olive oils, pastas, and more. Though this Groupon can only be used toward gourmet foods, shoppers can still grab Zen Wine cookies ($7.99), an all-natural snack specially crafted to pair with certain wines. The Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine blueberry jam ($6.99) allows breakfast eaters to brighten boring pieces of wheat toast without having to burn the Treaty of Versailles into them. Rick’s also stocks more than 50 artisanal cheeses, such as sharp Maytag Blue cheese ($14.99), an ideal complement for snacking on porchetta Italian herb-roasted pork loin ($19.99 per pound).