The chord farmers and rhythm artisans at The Music Tree have transmitted melody to the community for years through music lessons. Lug in your musical weapon of choice and hand over your hibernating creativity to their professional, passionate instructors for 30 minutes per week for tutorials in performance and the finer points of jam science. The supportive teachers will guide students on their musical journeys, allowing them to hone the basics and finally defeat Yanni's wicked chord changes in the boss battle of New Age Hero.
Nut Kreations smells like the inside of a cinnamon roll. The scent emanates from the kitchen, where fourth-generation nut farmers roast and season small batches of nuts, such as coconut-cinnamon macadamias and chili-lemon peanuts. The finished treats reside in glass cases, which are arranged in a rectangle at the heart of the store. Inside the rectangle, sales associates give samples and measure out portions of more than 120 nuts, dried fruit, and natural snacks. By scooping treats on behalf of patrons, staff members prevent contamination from fingers and squirrel paws.
Almost everything in John Gottschalk's life comes back to music. A french horn player since fifth grade, he earned money throughout his teenaged years working at the Gottschalk Music Center location his grandparents opened in 1951. After graduating from college with a music-education degree and teaching a year of elementary-school band, John rejoined the family business full time.
Under John, the company has not only expanded to two locations, but also grown its inventory from orchestra and band instruments to guitars, amps, and DJ equipment. A team of dedicated technicians fix any malfunctioning equipment in-house, while the store's wide selection of band and orchestra instruments are available for monthly rental. Via a team of expert instructors, Gottschalk Music Center even supplies private lessons in everything from guitar and piano to clarinet and ukulele.
As the owner of Artistic Painting Studio, Jennifer Ferguson teaches others how to spruce up their living spaces with decorative painting. But she doesn't confine her skills to the classroom. Over the course of her artistic career, she's broadcast her brushstrokes as a guest on The Carol Duvall Show on HGTV. At her own studio, the four-time author shares her techniques during classes along with her fellow trained and certified instructors. They elucidate the finer points of stenciling and faux-finishing surfaces such as keepsake boxes, walls, and airport landing strips. To inspire students, Jennifer keeps idea books on hand and emblazons her studio walls and floors with examples of ornate work. She also produces her own line of stencils at The Stenciled Garden.
Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.