Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
"Every garden begins with a seed, and every seed needs a dedicated gardener for optimal growth." This concept poetically sums up the idea behind Playing the Game of Life, a community center that brims with a bevy of preschool, after-school, and adult programs led by motivating teachers. Under their tutelage, younger students combat obstacles such as stress, bullying, and obesity while flourishing in an arts-based education. Through classes such as jewelry making, nutritional education, speech therapy, and ballet, participants learn to build social skills, increase their confidence, and communicate feelings more effectively than stealing someone else's journal and passing it off as their own. Playing the Game of Life also hosts cognitive-therapy classes to aid older pupils suffering from memory loss.
Dr. Daniel DelCastillo, head of the practice, makes sure his team of of dentists and hygienists take extra special care to carefully explain treatments before they perform them. This helps set a tone of comfort and trust at the office, especially since the team offers such a wide range of procedures using up-to-date technology, such as manipulating 3D digital imagery of your teeth. Whitening treatments lift out stains and yellowing, veneers cover up badly damaged teeth, and dental implants replace any teeth you had forgotten you'd lost. When sitting in the chair for a procedure at Beach Dental Care Miami Beach, it's easy to distract yourself, too—there are broad windows in the office that look out to palm trees.
Devos Academy infuses people's lives with music and art by offering programs for students of every age. Kids can take piano lessons, learn to paint in Little Picassos classes, and explore music by clapping out rhythms, banging on xylophones, and learning about high and low notes. In classes for teens and adults, artists can work in a variety of media, crosshatching with pens or perhaps building on color transparencies with watercolors. One-time lessons—such as Mom & Me and Pet Painting workshops—are also available for those who want to expand the art in their lives without getting stuck in an Escher painting.
At Jewelry Creations Workshop, carrying a torch for someone doesn't mean you have a crush on them—it means you're actually holding a torch for them while they tie their hair back and prepare to solder pieces of hand-made jewelry together. Named Best Jewelry Maker by the Miami New Times in 2013, the workshop team teaches wide-ranging techniques, from the aforementioned soldering to fold forming and enameling. Owner Steven Brownlee, who leads many of the sessions, has more than a decade of experience in the craft and uses it to teach cutting-edge techniques as well as the basics. In his introductory workshop, students get more than three hours to practice the fundamentals and craft a simple silver ring ideal for spontaneously proposing to a classmate.