The team at StoneWater Massage & Skin Care strives to help clients release weeks', months', or even a year’s worth of tension with therapeutic skin and body treatments. Therapists unwind muscles with an array of massage techniques as well as Active Isolated Stretching and a steam sauna. They can also surround clients in a cocoon of warmth with body wraps and brush away sun-parched skin cells with salt glows and sugar scrubs. Each of their spacious treatment rooms features colors and decor related to one of the four elements: air, water, fire, and fresh-laundry smell.
After a round of renovations, owners Mike, Al, and Jamie filled the shelves at Metro Wine and Spirits with libations for all tastes. Wines from such makers as Blufeld and Ecco Domani bring with them the flavors of Europe, while the popped cap of a Surly craft beer hisses "I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night_." Liquors by such favorite brands as UV stand ready for inclusion in cocktails. Visitors dropping by the shop may even find themselves swept up in a tasting or a contest to identify wines by cork texture alone.
Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
Though each of the instructors at Woodloch Stable has a different list of horsecentric specialties, they all agree on one thing: when riding and training a horse, communication is key. Whether their students are taking a leisurely pass down an outdoor path or have competitive goals in mind, the staff knows that proper riding begins with the signals that riders give their horses. Staff members teach these during group and private lessons, as well as during kids’ day camps targeted to aspiring equestrians. The facility’s sprawling green pastures and tall, leafy trees paint a pastoral backdrop for trail rides and make a cozy home for the horses who board at Woodloch Stable. The staff also specializes in breaking and training horses, even those that have spent their teenage years grounded for bad behavior by their horse parents.
Before they created their masterworks, history's most renowned artists, from Leonardo da Vinci to Jackson Pollock, all faced a blank canvas. At her Promising Palette classes, Carol O'Malley gives students a leg up over the greats by providing canvases already outlined with a design. Once Carol introduces her favorite color-blending techniques, apron-clad pupils of all skill levels dip brushes into provided acrylic paints and apply their own color scheme to that particular night's chosen image. After sessions wrap, students can take their canvases home or waltz into the Louvre to find free wall space.
Cutting through the still surface, free from the churning wakes and roaring engines of speedboats and snowmobiles, a kiteboarder can lift off more than 40 feet in the air, spin over their shoulder, and land back safely on the water to finish the stunts. An offshoot of Lakawa, the region's leading advisory for kiteboarders and windsurfers, the Lakawa School of Kiteboarding teaches students to ride the water and snow themselves, powered only by the sky's giant oscillating fans. Using gear held to high standards of durability and performance, a team of PASA-certified instructors lead classes during both summer and winter, covering the basics of boarding on a lake even when it's frozen over. The Lakawa School offers a complete online store with all necessary adventure gear. Lessons are also offered in stand-up paddleboarding, a pastime that recreates the fun of being a Venetian gondolier without the stress of tying a tight red ascot.