The late artist Joe LaPierre often dreamed of opening a studio where anyone could come in and learn to paint with the help of friendly, experienced instructors. The artist's children, Sarah and Jesse, realized his legacy with Alla Prima Creations—named for the Italian phrase for works of art that are begun and finished in a single session. The center offers classes five days a week where students learn to replicate a bright, cheerful painting. The calendar gives pupils a wide range of artwork options, any of which students can learn to replicate on their own 16"x20" canvas. Students can tote along a favorite beverage or snack—which allows for a relaxed classroom environment as students sip on wine or nibble crackers while they create fanciful scenes of artists sipping wine and nibbling crackers. For a change of medium, lass-painting sessions give students the opportunity to customize champagne, margarita, and wine goblets with abstract designs.
A trio of Inside Out Studios inspires balance and tones muscles with gentle, dance-inspired, and weighted workouts overseen by a ladies’ only staff in open, air-conditioned spaces. Pilates practitioners unite quick, rigorous movements with deep, controlled breathing to fortify the core and lengthen the frame. Similarly, barre fitness wields a traditional ballet mainstay as a crutch for moves that challenge both the inexperienced dancer and the retired jewelry-box performer. In TRX suspension training, students employ dangling straps to build strength with body-resistance exercises, boost flexibility, and chisel the core. High-intensity kettlebell classes coalesce cardio, balance, and toning with handled weights that exercisers hold during squats, spins, and triple-axel jumps. Each class style’s page lists its schedule, with classes available from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Native Yoga Center's founders, Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, have shown young yogis how to reap the benefits of bending and balancing in four countries: the United States, Australia, Thailand, and India. Their diverse international experiences inform each of the studio's challenging classes, which are scheduled every day of the week, except for days of the new moon or full moon or when the moon has to stay home and wait for the Internet guy. Stretchers of any skill level can attend 60-minute Vinyasa sessions, which highlight gentle movements, meditative breathing, and proper alignment, or 90-minute Ashtanga classes, which aim to increase muscular strength and balance. Native yoga classes take place in a warmed room to promote greater focus, encourage detoxification through sweating, and help students locate the frozen-fish-stick burglar based on escalating aromatics.
Eco-Shanty Boutique's designers collect discarded fabrics of all sizes and colors, but they're never content to leave them as-is. Instead, they use their stock of recycled fabrics to create new garments, accessories, or home goods. They fill their store with finished pieces that are ready to take home immediately, but they know there's more fun in letting customers make their own unique items. The boutique hosts open studio times for experienced crafters to come in and do what they do best, and the designers also host classes to help beginners get comfortable holding a paintbrush without supervision.
A spacious gym of more than 20,000 square feet. More than 175 pieces of training equipment. A slew of fitness classes lead by certified trainers. And childcare. These are just a few of Jupiter Fitness Center’s specs, and many of the reasons fitness warriors flock to the health club to build brawn and enhance endurance. Jupiter Fitness also offers comfortable locker rooms and shower facilities as well as one-on-one personal-training sessions.
At Redline Xperience, racecar enthusiasts hit their choice of two professional-caliber tracks, driving rental rides such as an Audi R8, Aston Martin, and Porsche Carerra. In one two-hour session, a driver can switch between up to six autos, including a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Nissan GT-R, for the full-spectrum driving experience. During warm-up laps, veteran instructors dole out tips and set drivers at ease.