Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Bisque-it Shop, daubers of all ages stipple, stripe, and embellish singular designs on their choice of more than 300 paint-ready vessels. Armed with studio-supplied brushes, stencils, and under-glazed paints, guests seek out ceramic soul mates in the form of trinket boxes ($10–$18), dinnerware ($15–$45), or animal figurines ($10–$14) before adorning new best friends with a panchromatic coating. After completing their paint-tinged opus, guests turn works over to Bisque-it Shop’s clay caretakers, who kiln-fire artifacts to preserve designs against the abuses of microwaves, food items, and that bullying Grecian urn from down the block. The shop readies pieces for pick-up in seven days. Bisque-it Shop’s expansive atelier accommodates up to 70 painters at once, and staffers accept reservations for groups celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties, or the 20th anniversary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Marisa Echavarria, a certified Kindermusik teacher and lifelong musician, welcomes children and parents into a fun and engaging world of musical education with her 45-minute family classes. Newborns to 7-year-olds can participate in dancing, listening, and music-making activities within a friendly group setting to improve cognition, confidence, creativity, self-expression, and upper-lip curls. Kids and parents jam side by side throughout each session, clapping hands and whistling Vivaldi, before bringing home a sweet sounding CD and age-appropriate instrument to continue lessons at home. This Groupon also includes a $10 gift certificate for the Spring 2011 semester.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Dress for painting and be ready to be creative.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
We offer quality art classes for children and adults and provide an array of original artwork created by local artists.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Students attending art classes are allowed to come in 15 minutes early. We also encourage them to make up absent days. If the gallery doesn't have the artwork you're looking for, we can connect you with the right artist.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Parents of young children are welcomed to stay for a while as their children ease into the comfort of the art lesson. Classes are small, which ensures that all students will receive plenty of individual attention.
As the official training center for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Summit Sports Club greets guests with a wide array of alley-oop-grade facilities for physical fitness. Smack tennis balls and biceps into shape in one of Summit's four full-size indoor tennis courts or five indoor racquetball quadrangles.
Step into Valley Sip'n Paint with nothing but a bottle of wine, and you'll leave with a custom work of art. The staff gets you set up with all the art supplies you need for its BYOB painting classes, including the wine glasses and corkscrew where you can then paint, sip, talk, and relax. You don't even need to have any prior artistic experience. The instructors?professional artists themselves?will walk you through that night's painting brushstroke by brushstroke, helping even folks who have never picked up a paintbrush leave with a one-of-a-kind piece.
Kids can get in on the action, too. Special afternoon classes teach little ones paint how to paint their favorite cartoon character or Kandinsky painting. Valley Sip'n Paint is available for private parties as well, providing the perfect cocktail-fueled atmosphere for birthdays or bachelorette parties.