The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Situated in the shopping district on Robert Street in West St. Paul, Twin Cities Magic & Costume stocks a collection of tricks, makeup, and costumes that have enlivened parties, magic acts, and movies for the past 27 years. Knowledgeable professionals and industry insiders guide visitors through the forest of lifelike costumes and awe-inspiring light and fire effects, helping to create eerie costumes for Halloween parties or convincing getups for period plays and films. DVDs and instructional videos teach budding illusionists how to impress crowds with linking ring and coin tricks, and fog machines and strobe lights add a touch of Vegas glamour to magicians' sets. Twin Cities Magic & Costume puts its expertise to the test as the headquarters of the Zombie Pub Crawl, a festival of gore and horror brought to life with the selection of professional-grade makeup and more than 15,000 wigs.
At Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More, with franchised locations across more than 13 states, graphic designers translate customers' visions into single items or fleets of custom shirts, which are priced by style and quantity and typically ready to wear within 24 hours. The designers emblazon myriad-colored torso apparel—such as blue-hued T-shirts, orange-hued two-button henleys, or cellophane-hued pullover hoodies—with customer-chosen designs, as well as customizing accessories such as tote bags and mousepads.
For their chosen graphic, clients can opt for stock designs, bring in treasured images saved on a flash drive or emblazoned on a highway billboard, or enlist staffers to transform visionary ideas into custom artwork. To circumnavigate the problem of cracking or peeling appliqués, employees dye images straight into fabric with high-resolution direct-to-garment printing and allow customers unlimited use of colors at no additional charge.
Threads & Inks helps schools, businesses, sports teams, and individuals create their own custom uniforms, sweatshirts, and hats——both casual clothing and workwear. Choose the garment you want customized—whether it’s a screen-printed sweatshirts, embroidered knit caps, or anything—and the team can emblazon it with the logo of a nearby school, company, or loved one's initials. The technicians process nearly every order in-house and produce it locally. One of their most popular items: custom-made letter jackets, which they distribute to a wide range of local schools and academies, decorated with chenille patches so a high-school student can show off their lettering in football or keep count of defeated challengers in spelling bees.
The wrong outfit can ruin a portrait, which is why Vlad Krasnogorsky allows his subjects to change clothes as frequently as they wish during in-studio sessions at Advantage Photography. Once they feel comfortable, Vlad draws on his training at the New York Institute of Photography and more than 15 years of experience behind the lens to snap shots that gel with each subject's personal style.
Vlad's own style runs the gamut, from action shots of performing gymnasts to classic and contemporary portraits of high school seniors, families, engaged couples and weddings. He preserves those images with products including prints up to 24"x30" in size, coffee table albums, and photo collages. His services also include framing and restoring damaged or old photographs with technology more advanced than scotch tape and a Sharpie to retouch mustaches.
Within his private studio, Professional Picture Framing Association member Joe Weinbeck handcrafts elegant frames to protect oil paintings and prints. Equipped with conservation framing know-how and hundreds of frames from six different suppliers, Joe introduces artwork to new habitats that shelter the pieces from harmful UV rays and hostile eye contact. Archival-quality mats from Peterboro and Crescent give diplomas or photographs the space they need, and four grades of glass or acrylic glazing protect wandering fingers from sticky globs of paint. Joe can also showcase his talents with large-format framing for epic Led Zeppelin posters or blown-up versions of Robert Plant's braces-laden middle school photo.