The crafty bakers at Cake N Candy offer an extensive curriculum in the art of building sweet treats of all shapes and sizes. Students learn the subtleties of cake decoration, dressing breads in icing, flowers, or the smooth, sugary shell of gum paste and fondant. Instructors teach trade secrets of splicing different varieties of cookies or making homemade candy that can cheer up even the grumpiest of nightclub bouncers. Instructors build moist and munchable cake pops or ride the waves of the cupcake craze with an array of recipes and decorating ideas. Classes range from one to four sessions, with some including additional costs for equipment and course books.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Art Bayou welcomes beginning and experienced artists to join two of its three-hour sessions on glass fusion. Instructors impart the secrets of layering glass to be melted into masterpieces suitable for home decoration and bodily adornment. Between the lime-green walls of a high-ceilinged art studio, students lay out the materials provided by Art Bayou over wide wooden tables as they prepare to fashion their trio of pieces. Pupils prepare a 6-inch slumped glass dish for holding decorative legumes (a $30 value), a freeform opus of up to 8 inches (a $40 value), and a 2-inch bauble that can hang from a silver chain as a pendant or be grafted to a refrigerator magnet (a $15 value). Dishes, decorations, and amulets may take multiple firings to self-actualize.
Gull Lake Landscape Co. furnishes floral collections with a wide selection of greenery and garden accessories. Beautify gardenscapes with the bursts of floral color afforded by blooming perennials, including daylily, phlox, and coreopsis ($7.50 each), or opt for a hefty 3-gallon shrubbery, such as limelight hydrangea ($32.50), to fill a mulchy void or obscure permanent garden gnomes. A selection of 25-gallon trees, including serviceberries, maples, oaks, and redbuds ($199), stand patiently awaiting the chance to spread their branches. Gull Lake’s staff of friendly, avid gardeners are always on-hand to help each green-thumb choose the ideal plants for their at-home or underground-lair botanic displays.
The dedicated staff at Cakes Boutique swathes style-starved customers in top-brand clothing and attentive, personalized service. Cakes stocks its style-oriented shelves with name- brand lines, such as Glam, Naked Zebra, and Gemini, and outfits bodies of all types, with sizes ranging 0–24. Enlist new denim recruits into a heavily jeaned army with Kensie Denim jeans ($78), clothe fashion-famished torsos in a warming Staccato fleece military jacket ($50), or update antiquated top collections with a Tulle birch tunic ($58). While stylistas examine Cakes' selection of appealing apparel, the staff can offer a free style concierge service—a personal, one-on-one clothing and style consult—to help patrons discover their ideal colors, fits, and fashion-forward spirit animals.
Fontana Chamber Arts seeks to support the creation and performance of high quality chamber music in SW Michigan. Fontana presents traditional and modern music performed by small ensembles in a variety of settings, commissions new works for small ensembles, and engages in education activities to ensure future audiences.