Ceramist and BonTon Studio owner Mary Anderson has adorned jean pockets with tiny mosaic tiles, transformed a bowling ball into a shimmering orb, and enhanced dozens of homes with her handmade tile installations. At BonTon Studio, she encourages her students to approach their own creations with the same sense of playful experimentation. She welcomes students of all ages and experience levels and equips them with mosaic tips and techniques along with all supplies. Then, she sets them loose to create their own projects, from painted tiles to glowing wine-bottle lanterns to mosaics of their favorite ceramics teacher.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
Before switching on lasers or breaking out the chemical peels, the certified laser technicians and nurses at Gr8Skin MedSpa take a close look at their clients’ skin and work to figure out the best correct treatment plan. Visia complexion analysis relies on digital photography to evaluate pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, and patches of skin that turn out to be CGI. Following the complimentary consultation, experts get to work fading wrinkles with Botox injectables, reducing rosacea using elos technology, and disappearing unruly hairs with a laser. Additionally, the staff shows its support of breast-cancer research by offering patients and survivors a complimentary facial.
For more than 26 years, the fitness experts at Push Pedal Pull have shared their knowledge with customers purchasing new and used muscle-pumping equipment. The staff happily equips exercisers with brawn-building devices for home, commercial, and hovercraft-based gyms, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights from brands including Precor, Everlast, and Spri. Push Pedal Pull’s refurbished selection of used equipment from health clubs and commercial fitness facilities rotates regularly, stocking workout rooms for discounted prices. Manufacturer-certified equipment technicians repair malfunctioning equipment according to manufacturer standards and stock spare parts in the store to speed up repairs so customers can return to running, lifting, and astrally projecting as soon as possible.
Professional artist and designer Victoria Neyman may be virtuosic in her skills—in 2010, she was selected to participate in Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota's Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal Project, and 30 of her pieces now line the walls of two hospital campuses—but she firmly believes that everybody has artistic talents. At her school, she coaxes these gifts to the surface by arming her students––kids, teens, and adults––with confidence and technical skills. In small classes, students learn color theory, the properties of various mediums, and the techniques associated with perspective and form. Neyman values creativity as much as she values the technical facet of visual art, so when she teaches children, she is careful to teach methods in a way that won't stifle their spontaneous impulses.