Laurie Bostian founded Personal Artist Studio as a way to combine her two greatest passions: teaching and art. For more than 25 years, she has specialized in creating custom portraiture and paintings, and her work has traveled to private collections in countries from the United States to Canada to Great Britain to Australia. When Laurie isn't transforming personal pictures into graphite, acrylic, or watercolor keepsakes, she leads weekly art lessons in Lincolnton and Charlotte. Students of all skill levels gather for relaxing, therapeutic creation sessions. Burgeoning artists learn to wield graphite, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors to craft their own masterpieces or awe-inspiring grocery lists.
FTF Fitness and Self Defense's team of 13 instructors know that most people are fighting something. That something might be a vicious bully, persistent weight gain, or a less tangible entity such as fatigue or non-Euclidian geometry. No matter what it is, they're confident they can help. Their diverse knowledge of fighting techniques stretches around the world, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for the Israeli armed forces. In addition to earning belts and certifications in numerous forms of martial arts, the teachers possess years of real-world experience that they use to help others cultivate strength, discipline, and confidence. These goals also inform the studio's Krav Maga classes, which reveal simple self-protection techniques that can be applied if a person is approached by a lone assailant or a nunchuck-wielding octopus.
In addition to imparting defense strategies to students aged 4 and older, the team teaches SPARology, a training program that blends muay thai, boxing, and wrestling into a fun-and-functional workout. Classes and one-on-one training take place in a gym equipped with full-size heavy bags, Lifeline power jumpers, kettlebells, battling ropes, and monkey bars.
Students at Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia learn techniques cultivated by the widely acclaimed brand that has received many honors, including mentions in Esquire, Seventeen, and Allure magazines. The school’s pupils beautify clients with a host of services, including haircuts, color treatments, perms, and updos that match the ice sculptures you saw at your cousin’s wedding.