Even in the midst of a recession, Drew Tucker couldn't ignore his passion for music. By founding The Tucker Academy For The Arts in 2007 and partnering with the Arts Garage to address the dearth of music education in South Florida, Drew built up a flourishing cadre of performers and educators at the Delray Beach music emporium. Programs run the gamut from private lessons to drum circles for kids, while a focus on performing inspires fledgling artists to share their talents with an audience not made up of only stuffed flamingoes.
Thai Fusion Cooking Chefs Nisachol and Waraporn draw on extensive culinary backgrounds: Chef Nisachol learned the art of Thai cuisine from her grandmother, who cooked for the royal family of Thailand, and Chef Waraporn earned a culinary degree in Bangkok. The two use their skills to share the fresh, exotic flavors of dishes such as panang curry, drunken noodles, and shrimp tom kha soup. Patrons can learn to make Thai feasts themselves, or relax while the chefs do the cooking.
At Vino Van Gogh, you can pick up a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, and just have a good time. In classes for both adults and kids (the latter are wine-free, natch), instructors lead students through the steps of creating a unique piece of art in a variety of styles. The schedule covers a wide range of times and subject matter, allowing you to pick a class ideally suited to your preferences.
Schmidt Stained Glass designs and installs stained glass windows, bringing a burst of color into any room. Sharing this mastery of the art with others, Schmidt Stained Glass's owner also runs classes on copper foil, fusing, and beveling stained glass windows.
Delray Fitness Health Club equips members with all the tools they need to chisel their physiques, including free weights, cardiovascular machines, and strength-training equipment. Visitors can swig liquid nourishment at the juice bar before they run on treadmills, hoist dumbbells, ride upright bikes, or join a pickup game on the basketball court. Following the lead of an energetic fitness instructor, exercisers sweat side-by-side during group fitness classes such as Zumba, power yoga, and cardio karate. The gym’s amenities also include locker rooms, showers, and a childcare area.
Self-made industry guru Alicia Sanchez, whose Favala Designs has been featured in fashion-week events in New York, Trinidad and Tobago, and Europe, shares her expertise with kids and adults at La Sewing Café. Her children’s classes fuel creativity by introducing wee ones to the notion of haute couture and teaching them sewing basics both by hand and on a machine before they start designing patterns of their own. Elsewhere in the studio, adults can be found making outfits and organic treats for their dogs or creating holiday-themed home projects.