Located in Mass Ave's art district, Mimosa and a Masterpiece gives everyone a chance to become an artist, if only for a few hours. Fueled by mimosas or wine, painters take up brushes under the instruction of local artists to turn their canvases from coarsely woven cotton stretched across a wooden frame to coarsely woven cotton stretched across a wooden frame and adorned with everything from the Eiffel Tower and Sushi Bar to personal takes on Monet's and O'Keeffe's masterpieces. Customers can schedule girls' night out, holiday, and team-building parties, and though most classes are geared toward ages 15 and older, Mimosa and a Masterpiece can arrange kids' parties as well, serving mock-tails.
Blowdry Lounge's stylists twirl and tousle strands into one of five styles to the swinging tunes of the Rat Pack and Dean Martin. Before any treatment begins, stylists discuss blowout styles with clients in a relaxed BYOB atmosphere. From mother-daughter days to bachelorette parties, the variety of available styles gives options to any client. Together, stylists and clients can decide on the Aloha!, a blowout that creates beachy waves, or the Dallas, a voluminous look that doubles as a cushiony landing zone for Lilliputian skydivers. Blowdry Lounge uses products from Kerastase and Oribe to create fashionable hairstyles.
Trade in that dated Boston-mall Santa for a timeless tango with today's Groupon. For $10, you'll get three hour-long group dance classes at Riolo Dance (a $30 value). Riolo Dance offers a variety of ballroom, Latin, and other dances, including salsa, swing, mambo, cha cha, foxtrot, waltz, Argentine tango, and hula; check out Riolo's calendar for class times.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Fitness Now's founder Tiffany Wheatley draws from more than 12 years of professional fitness experience and extensive certification to customize each workout and regimen to each customer's individual needs. Sophisticated cardio and strength equipment hone and tone muscles, while certified personal trainers and nutritionists fashion individual exercise and diet packages. Guests sweat to glory in the supportive atmosphere of group classes such as spin sessions or Pilates and yoga courses, which aim to unite mind and body during core-boosting workouts, like doing sit-ups in a sensory-depravation tank.
In business for nearly 25 years, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport’s 65,000-square-foot fitness center boasts an array of classes and training sessions, as well as a host of strength-training and cardio equipment. But these represent just one branch of the nonprofit organization. NIFS also manages fitness centers for companies and retirement communities all over the country, creates an online curriculum for Health YOUniversity, and collaborates with the Indiana University School of Medicine on research projects.
With two local locations, more than 50 classes each week, and an expert squad of certified instructors, it makes sense that Nuvo magazine named Invoke Studio the best source for yoga and Pilates five years in a row. While maintaining the old Buschman Building's original 19th-century charm in her downtown studio, Invoke owner Amy Peddycord has created a 4,000-square-foot modern oasis for mind-body workouts with calming hues, exposed ducts, and hardwood floors that gleam like an upside-down CD under the light of a cassette player’s display. Wall-spanning windows let in floods of natural light and give Vinyasa practitioners something to salute during their strengthening flow. Pilates classes strengthen cores and help to increase range of motion with exercises performed on simple sticky mats. A ballet barre stretches across the wall of the large practice room, where students perform dance-inspired moves.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.