The wine connoisseurs at the independently owned Cork & Olive Lake Mary franchise introduce visitors to international wines, most of which originate from small, family-owned vineyards. In addition to pouring samples at a broad, wooden table, Cork & Olive’s team hosts events that range from in-home tastings to the monthly Sip&Dip, where wines come paired with select appetizers. Besides the many bottles of wines, the shelves also display craft beers, sake, chocolates, and cheeses, as well as gourmet olive oils and spices. Specialty services include custom wine-bottle labels for events, special orders for hard-to-find wines, and gifts such as wine aprons and holders and memoirs from picked-over grapes.
Master Chon’s passion for martial arts began at age 4. He attended an actual tae kwon do school through high school, and even earned a bachelor’s degree in the martial-art form. Master Chon wears a sixth-degree Korean black belt and spent time as the conditioning coach for the Korean Olympic tae kwon do team. He also earned a master’s degree in special education, and has combined his talents to help special-needs children blossom during structured tae kwon do classes. Other classes are geared toward preschoolers, adults, and women wanting to learn self-defense moves.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray schools have upheld since 1912. Students can bring a partner to their lessons or fly solo and dance with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in the cha-cha. Embodying the three-count time of a stately waltz brings partners in close, and rumba moves or swing steps add vibrancy and playfulness to a repertoire.
The Orlando studio provides a warm, aesthetically sound environment for engaging in private and group dance lessons. The full class schedule is well suited to teaching feet to slice and dice a rug until it is no longer recognizable.
With more than a decade of experience stowed in his steady fingers, makeup artist Kevin Perez has built quite a resume. He's done runway makeup for Victoria Secret and Cover Girl, and has even lent his talents to the entertainment industry, including at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes' rouge-covered legs. But rather than keep the tricks of the trade to himself, Kevin shares them with others in the Alamodaa series of themed workshops. Over a few hours, Kevin imparts his professional techniques to experts and amateurs alike, all while focusing on a specific subject, such as embellishing eyes with blush and shadow and maintaining complexions with face lotions, treatments, and more.
While attending beauty shows around the country as a technical instructor, Lisa Mitchell found that many stylists were struggling with the same issue: how to turn their talent into a successful business. As a salon veteran with a penchant for maintaining full bookings, Lisa realized she was in a position to help. Today, she uses a small classroom setting to give stylists and salon owners insight into attracting clients—whether it's through managing day-to-day operations or mastering new trends. But Lisa's expertise isn't just limited to haircare. As a licensed real-estate agent, she can also help clients sell or purchase their business as well as negotiate commercial lease agreements.