At Corks and Canvases, local artists demonstrate how to paint vivid scenes while students sip their favorite wines. After passing out canvases and supplies, teachers guides attendees aged 15 and older stroke-by-stroke through the process of creating projects such as a Van Gogh–inspired starry night over Pittsburgh or a sailboat as it floats at sunset. At BYOB classes, they invite guests to uncork a vintage and nibble snacks brought from home. The studio also hosts bachelor or bachelorette parties, fundraising events, and family nights that let kids and their smartest stuffed animals paint alongside adults.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon
With its lavender-hued studio and team of bodywork therapists and fitness instructors, Loughner Massage and Yoga is a well-rounded wellness destination. Yoga and Pilates classes—available for groups or individuals—accommodate a variety of skill levels. Premium yoga classes include indoor stand-up paddleboard yoga, a class that makes use of the Indo Yoga Board, specially designed to recreate the experience of standing on a board inside a yoga studio. The board is built with four rockers on the bottom, which allow students of all experience levels to move through poses on an unstable surface, strengthening the core and improving balance. All of the yoga instructors are registered through the YogaFit school, which features a less-intimidating style of yoga that interjects traditional postures with common fitness moves such as pushups, sit-ups and squats.
The friendly experts at Willi's Ski and Snowboard Shop sling the latest in contemporary snow-sport products and maintain slope-traversing gear, earning themselves a Gold Medal Award from Ski magazine. Boot technicians help guests hunt down the precise fit for their boots, and maintenance wizards use top-notch Wintersteiger tuning machines to ensure that skis and snowboards retain their integrity during outings or unexpected ice ages.
Wild Birds Unlimited stocks a wide variety of supplies to please serious hobbyists and ornithological amateurs alike. Based on more than 30 years of research, their cache of supplies is designed to please and attract flocks of all forms, with types of birdseed specially formulated to the season that feature 100% edible seeds. They also carry high-quality feeding equipment, birdbaths, and viewing gear such as binoculars and books on various species and their native regions.
The bakers at Mrs. Fields blend pure vanilla, real butter, and whole eggs to craft cookies made from the same recipe the shop has used for three decades. A 16-inch customized cookie cake teems with chocolate chips and is topped off with a personal message inscribed in frosting to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or the release party for the Cookie Monster's memoir. Alternatively, gift recipients can pry the lid off a signature holiday tin to reveal a vault stuffed with two dozen chewy cookies and brownies. Patrons sate cravings for saccharine sustenance with a panoply of cookie flavors, including double chocolate, cinnamon sugar, and macadamia nut.