At Showcase Equestrian Center, instructors work to build solid and long-lasting relationships between students and horses through lessons, camps, and therapeutic riding sessions. Maintaining a focus on both events and safety, they help lead students to victory at championship competitions while also working with beginner through intermediate riders during private lessons that focus on riding and proper horse care. Lessons take place either on Showcase Equestrian Center's outdoor grounds or in its indoor ring, which features custom GGT textile footing—the same surface used during Olympic events such as dressage, jumping, and horse shot put.
Capel Rugs accents homes with more than 10,000 styles of sturdy skins bearing bold colors, perky patterns, and traditional decorative moxie. Instead of covering living rooms in kelp, customers can browse a collection of rugs priced at less than $150, such as trendy cabana stripes ($34+) or muted charm loop rugs ($149+). Whimsical patterns by Kevin O'Brien blanket naked homes in warm colors while canoodling floors with fibrous droplets of love ($58+). Those with traditional tastes may migrate toward plush collections of area rugs available in a rich range of patterns, such as the decadent Belmont Tabriz, with its classic good looks of luxurious wools and high-tech, stain-resistant synthetics ($60+).
Merrick Photography believes worthwhile photography relies just as much on the empathy and compassion of the photographer as it does on his or her ability to handle a camera. Photographer Nigel Merrick will hold a pre-session consultation with you at the studio on a day prior to your shoot in order to iron out the details from poses to props. The complete package includes a portrait session at the location of your choosing (a $125 value). Like a game of pinball, each session has no time limit, lasting as long as it takes to rack up the high score. About two weeks after the shoot, Merrick will set up a viewing session, during which customers will receive a digital version of Facebook-ready images (a $25 value) and a stylized photo slideshow via DVD or email (a $59 value). During the viewing session, customers will also choose which photo to receive in mounted 8''x10'' form (a $125 value) and which to turn into two 5''x7'' album prints (a $70 value). Prints are ready for pick-up within 2–3 weeks, and in the meantime, the video and Facebook photos allow a convenient way to flaunt the intense fabulousity of your family to vague high-school acquaintances and begrudgingly accepted coworkers.
Paw prints are everywhere within Doggtropolis—adorned on the floors, painted onto tables, and covering the feet of canine customers. Within the shop, self-service stations supply everything needed to clean pups, including shampoo and specialized blow-dryers that won't burn dogs' skin or resurrect the '80s perm craze. Onsite groomers can treat pets to express or full-service grooming packages. They trim nails, clean ears, and express glands, with optional services such as haircuts. To complement these makeovers, Doggtropolis can teach dogs basic obedience and how to plot successful coups against cats.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.