At Artists at the Falls Studio, Talia Rodriguez's artistic voice and guidance helps to breathe life into the up-and-coming Falls Art District and imbue kids and adults with aesthetic judgment. Within a former industrial warehouse, Talia leads classes in acrylic and oil painting, lending advice or letting students freely explore portraits, still lifes, and abstract representations of their school's mystery meat. The fun of classes can be extended to day camps and birthday parties, which branch away from canvases to explore clay and international art projects. Talia also hosts BYOB classes during evening hours, allowing adults to find their inner Monet or O'Keeffe with the help of liquid inspiration.
Though its name reflects its primary purpose as a a baseball and softball training facility, Line Drive Performance welcomes any athlete who wants to improve his or her fitness—an attribute that helps improve skills in any sport. During training sessions, trainers whip their subjects into shape through sit-ups, resistance training, and agility exercises, adapting challenges to fit any level of fitness or natural athleticism. Baseball and softball players, meanwhile, hone their chops inside coin-operated batting cages or work on fielding and pitching with private instructors. Much of Line Drives' facilities are located indoors, which lets players can practice in the off-season without worrying that hawks will swoop in and steal every pop fly.
Art Thyme's spacious studio holds up to 100 artists at any given moment who partake in activities including paint-your-own-pottery, clay modeling, and mosaics. Before beginning an artistic endeavor, guests can hunt through a variety of ceramic pieces to paint or build their own from scratch. During open-studio hours, professionals aid guests, showing them how to place tiles onto their mosaic frog or paint a water dish for a pet. Art classes take this learning to a more intense level, making pupils into masters of different media such as clay, canvas, and ceramics.
The Finishing Center has spent more than 50 years maintaining and restoring the look and artistic value of fine furniture. And they do it with quality craftsmanship. To imbue pieces with rich lacquers and finishes, they hand-rub oil or eco-friendly French polishes into woods. To repair upholstery, they use designer fabrics known for durability. Virtually boundless, their skills also include hand carving and furniture redesign, such as transforming two twin-sized beds into a king-sized bed.
The transparency techs at Window Genie carry out a wide range of home-beautifying services, including power washing. Trained professionals maintain residential windows' shimmering translucence with a meticulous three-step cleaning process, or tint windows or diva fish's aquariums to reduce glare and heat buildup. Uniformed specialists arrive at abodes equipped to dredge grime from gutters or to pressure wash walls and decks, eliminating "Steve Urkel for President" posters.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.