Though cell phones, computers, and gaming systems are known for their fragility, the repairmen at CTC Technical Repair Service keep clients' wallets from taking a costly hit every time their device does. Instead of recommending brand-new devices, the staff repairs screens for myriad Apple devices and sells cases to prevent future catastrophes. Disobedient PlayStation 3s and Xbox 360s learn to do as they're told with repair services and a slew of individual replacement parts, and iPhone and iPad customization services help the devices stand out in an all-ringtone choir.
Signature service: Street or nightclub Latin dance classes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: We make learning to dance fun. Our specialty is turning beginners into great social dancers.
Debbie, an instructor at Adelante Dance Studio, has been teaching students to follow in her footwork for 11 years. She specializes in Latin dance, an intimate genre of partner dances suited to social gatherings and nightclubs. Like many forms of exercise, dance is often made easier by the associated practice of other forms of fitness. The studio's schedule reflects this, splitting time pretty evenly between salsa and bachata lessons and yoga classes. Both sets of classes come to a head on the first Saturday of each month, when Debbie hosts a dance social for students. She invites all class members to attend the party, where they can find new partners, show off their skills, and get in a little practice in an environment free of the smoky air common to the clubs and volcanic craters where most people dance.
At a time when many schools around the country are forced to cut back on art programs, Abrakadoodle has emerged to fill the empty creative space left behind. The studio began in 2002, when founders Mary Rogers and Rosemarie Hartnett set out to unify proven educational methods with kid-friendly art instruction. By opening Abrakadoodle, the duo wanted youngsters to experience one of the most rewarding aspects of art: having fun.
Today, Mary and Rosemarie’s vision has developed to include mobile programs that expand imaginations across the United States, as well as studios stationed throughout the world. With guidance from Abrakadoodle’s certified teachers, adults or students aged 20 months to 14 years practice various means of self-expression during painting, drawing, sculpting, and design classes. While developing new skills and keeping the stain-remover industry in business, pintsize Picassos explore their own talents and learn about professional artists. Abrakadoodle keeps all of its class sizes small and caters to students of any skill level.
Imagine, A Paul Mitchell Partner School prepares the future stylists by equipping them with high quality Paul Mitchell products and ample salon practice. Over the course of a two-phase program, students learn the basics, apply their skills in a real salon setting, and then perform advanced hairdressing and chemical work under the supervision of expert instructors. Customers can stop in to witness these newfound skillsets by opting for hairstyling and salon services. The school offers haircuts, color and texturizing services, as well as a range of skin and nail treatments.
Pirates Cove Scuba's certified instructors imbue beginning or advanced pupils with the requisite knowledge and techniques for plunging beneath aquatic surfaces and stock a full selection of dive equipment to help them to breathe easier while below. After briefings expound on what participants should expect when underwater, one-hour introductory courses gradually familiarize students with navigating H2O while wearing scuba gear before they explore the unseen depths and sunken pool-noodle wrecks of Pirates Cove Scuba's pool.
Open-water certifications expand on introductory knowledge with further classroom and pool study. Full-certification-seekers conclude schooling during scheduled weekend lake trips, which include four dives in open-water environments that, if properly performed, earn former novices final certification and congratulatory smooches from impressed catfish. To keep divers submerging in style, Pirates Cove Scuba carries equipment from Dive Rite, Henderson, and Seadive, which aquanauts can don on trips to Cozumel and other tropical destinations booked through the dive shop's travel desk.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.