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.
As proud holders of the gold, silver, and bronze medals from the United States Dressage Federation, instructors Anne McKay and Suzanne Wepplo bring a wealth of equestrian expertise to Pegasus Riding School. The duo helm all manner of courses, including dressage, jumping, and combined training lessons in classical European equestrian philosophies. They educate riders of every age and skill level at their large, onsite outdoor arena and racetrack, as well as from within the comforts of a heated indoor training arena.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Artist Loft canvases, paints, and brushes
Pro Tip: No experience is necessary.
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
There is no experience required. All the paintings are impressionist, so even being able to make a straight line is not necessary.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Everyone will paint the same picture, but none will end up exactly the same. Everyone will have their own twist on how they put paint to canvas.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is a great way to share a date night, girls' night out, or bridal shower.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
The best part is looking at the other paintings and asking the painter how they got a flower to look just so, or how they made the water look like it's moving?the sharing of ideas and processes. Also, having a cocktail while painting lets the creative juices fly.
For more than 26 years, the fitness experts at Push Pedal Pull have shared their knowledge with customers purchasing new and used muscle-pumping equipment. The staff happily equips exercisers with brawn-building devices for home, commercial, and hovercraft-based gyms, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights from brands including Precor, Everlast, and Spri. Push Pedal Pull’s refurbished selection of used equipment from health clubs and commercial fitness facilities rotates regularly, stocking workout rooms for discounted prices. Manufacturer-certified equipment technicians repair malfunctioning equipment according to manufacturer standards and stock spare parts in the store to speed up repairs so customers can return to running, lifting, and astrally projecting as soon as possible.
Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee founded World TaeKwonDo Academy in 1969 after emigrating to the U.S. from South Korea. Today, his legacy continues to shine at the academy, now run by his son. At their 12 locations, instructors teach traditional and sport taekwondo, unlocking the secrets of the discipline’s signature kicks and strikes. Teen and adult classes incorporate self-defense, tension exercises, and cardiovascular workouts, and little dragons lessons teach focus and coordination to students aged three to five. After-school taekwondo combines daycare with martial arts; after grabbing a ride to the academy, students pair homework sessions with confidence-building taekwondo lessons. In addition to the academy’s namesake martial art, students of all ages can also expand their combat knowledge with jiujitsu, cardio kickboxing, mixed martial arts, or kumdo sword training, or enroll in a yoga class to balance body and mind.
Professional artist and designer Victoria Neyman may be virtuosic in her skills—in 2010, she was selected to participate in Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota's Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal Project, and 30 of her pieces now line the walls of two hospital campuses—but she firmly believes that everybody has artistic talents. At her school, she coaxes these gifts to the surface by arming her students––kids, teens, and adults––with confidence and technical skills. In small classes, students learn color theory, the properties of various mediums, and the techniques associated with perspective and form. Neyman values creativity as much as she values the technical facet of visual art, so when she teaches children, she is careful to teach methods in a way that won't stifle their spontaneous impulses.