Designer and namesake, Craig Kaviar, has more than 30 years of experience creating sculptures and functional metalwork. He and a team of skilled artisans churns out intricate works that are both artful and functional using traditional blacksmithing practices with a modern twist. The tour provides a behind the scenes look into the workings of the forge and live demonstrations allow visitors to witness the master metalworkers do their thing. They’ll heat raw materials to temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees, using both a traditional coal forge and Kaviar's innovative, eco-friendly forge, fueled by waste vegetable oil and recycled Meat Loaf albums. The tour begins with a visit to the media room and a discussion on the history of metallurgy, from the discovery of copper, to the Bronze Age, to the 'Metal as Junk Food' movement of the 1870's.
Burn Personal Fitness Studio torches the obstacles present in many gyms, eschewing rooms full of daunting equipment and one-size-fits-all instruction. To help clients develop healthy habits for the long run, the studio specializes in personal and small-group training. This approach gives staffers plenty of time to dole out custom encouragement tailored to each exerciser’s specific fitness goals.
During personal-training sessions, certified fitness trainers draw up custom workouts for individual clients. In addition to monitoring the client's progress, the trainer puts on personalized master classes in how to most effectively carry out exercises, giving guests a skill set they can take with them long after the sessions end. In small-group classes, the trainers guide no more than six students through disciplines that range from calming yoga to energizing boot camps filled with cardio drills, weightlifting challenges, and body-weight exercises. Students take control of their workout, determining the pace of their training by selecting variations that accommodate their skill set, fitness level, and vestigial pterodactyl wings.
Pottery Rowe is the studio, showroom, and store of master potter Melvin Rowe, who brings more than 35 years of experience to his craft. His hand-shaped, wheel-worked, and kiln-heated creations serve functional, artistic, and decorative purposes. Diners desiring dazzling dinnerware can opt for salad bowls ($16), dinner plates ($24), or serving bowls ($32), while beverage buffs have their choice from coffee mugs ($15), wine glasses ($20), and teapots ($96), among other items. Clients seeking ceramic containers for flowers and soap instead of flour and soup can opt for a Rowe-made home accent, such as a vase ($44) or a pump bottle ($20).
The Vernon Club, nestled in a historic building dating back to 1886, rolls out eight gleaming lanes with automatic scoring, a new Internet jukebox, and tasty comestibles for fueling competitive appetites. Players don borrowed footwear and the letterman jackets of league-player ghosts before hurling three-holed spheres toward pins poising themselves for the welcomed whack of a spare or strike. Bowlers can rest their pin-striking biceps of fury with a gooey 12-inch pizza or maintain concentration while grasping a bratwurst in non-bowling hands. On select nights, rock bands set up shop beside the lanes and churn out foot-tapping ditties until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.
At Indoor Rowing Louisville, owner Jacob Kilbride helps students get into optimal shape with rowing and cross-training classes. Visitors can tone muscles and blast through calories during rowing sessions or sign up for RowFit classes that combine rowing with pull-ups, pushups, and squats. Endurance Run classes alternate long and short running intervals for sustained cardiovascular exercise.
Owltree Yoga aims to stretch bodies and connect families with yoga classes centered on substantiating interpersonal relationships. Grown-ups looking to jointly strengthen their body and mind can enjoy Vinyasa-inspired classes for adults, which tap into deep internal strength and compassion reservoirs to fortify yoga fundamentals for all skill levels. The experienced instructors also have a range of backgrounds in social service, ranging from public health to special needs to saving Lorax kittens from truffula trees—experience that allows them to better lead parent and child classes. The mommy & me classes are designed for moving and non-moving babies and focus on building inner and outer strength after the arrival of a child, while toddler classes aim to acquaint tots with their bodies and motor skills. For older kids, Owltree's classes can defuse stress and aggression while promoting relaxation and leisure. Consult the schedule for class times.