Susan Molnar’s world is made of glass. As the owner of Glass House Designs, she oversees the facility’s three divisions: the gallery, the classroom, and the artist’s studio. In the gallery, Susan showcases her work alongside the pieces of more than 50 other local, regional, and national artists. For visitors hoping to create glass masterpieces of their own, Susan offers classes in fusing, mosaics, lampworking, and stained glass, and guest instructors offer classes in other artistic disciplines.
Signature service: Piano Lessons & Music Classes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Faber, Alfred, Bastien, Hal Leonard, Marlais
Pro Tip: Come with a smile and prepare to have fun exploring all the "plusses" at Piano Plus LLC.
The slaps of hockey pucks and scrapes of carving ice skates constantly fill the cool air of Suburban Ice arena. These familiar sounds emanate from high school hockey practices, the rink's figure skating ice shows, or introductory Learn to Skate classes offered for beginners of all ages. Though the rink keeps a busy calendar, it still carves out time for private and small group lessons. Lessons are offered for figure skating as well as the hockey, which teach checking, shooting, and power skating—all skills that also translate well to surviving an unforeseen ice age.
Shortly after emigrating to Grand Rapids from his native Netherlands, 14-year-old Herman Baker began part-time work at this uncle's bookstore. Among the shelves, Herman developed a love for religious texts that prompted him to found Baker Book House in 1939, with 500 books from his personal library. These days, Baker Book House's faith-based stock has expanded to include more than 100,000 used and remainder titles, out-of-print Christian works, Bibles of every stripe, and new books and eBooks.
Along with enticing reads, the store supplies religious DVDs, CDs by popular Christian artists such as Third Day, and church supplies including stoles, which supply an engaging alternative to watching your pastor reenact his favorite Transformers movie. In addition to its Christian inventory, Baker Book House hosts frequent events such as lectures and Q&As with religious authors and scholars.
Grand River Music selects its instructors not only for their musical prowess, but also for their demonstrable teaching abilities. Students of all experience levels can strum the taut veins of guitars, bass guitars, banjos, or mandolins or study music theory to gain a deeper understanding of chords, harmonies, and the saxophone solos of Plato and Aristotle. Singing classes strengthen vocal cords, and song-writing classes encourage self-expression with reliable formulas. The school’s JamCamp gives blossoming musicians exposure to a collaborative group setting where they can learn to harmonize with other musicians and argue about which incarnation of Fleetwood Mac was the most authentic.
Grand River Music also stocks an inventory of instruments available for purchase, ranging from mandolins, banjos, and amps to acoustic guitars, bass guitars, and electric guitars. Students can also buy preowned vocal cords with their last words still intact. :m
Headed by musician Dean Wiers-Windemuller, Southtown Guitar pairs private music lessons with music retail and repair services. Students can undertake lessons in guitar, bass, drums, and piano, taking advantage of the shop's selection of guitars and accessories, such as strings, capos, and cables.