Reports of strange sights abound near a simple brick building just off the leafy avenues of Avery Park. Some people share stories of a no-frills grill permeated by the smell of juicy steaks and charbroiled burgers, and others tell tales of a hall resounding with music from live bands, laughter, and clinking glasses. These visitors haven’t entered a time warp—they’ve simply found Jekyll & Hyde's, a pub that leads a double life as both a purveyor of hearty eats and nightlife excitement.
Named for the famous short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, the pub celebrates the author’s little-known second career as an artisanal burger chef with specially seasoned beef patties decorated with jalapeño bacon and American cheese. Visitors settle in cozy booths of tufted brown leather to munch on Mr. H's special steak sandwiches or share baskets of chicken fingers, or they can head to the full bar to fix their eyes on the drama of games unfolding on multiple flat-screen TVs. In a separate poolroom, billiard balls clack and clatter over the green felt of nine tables, and players eye their next shots over frosty glasses of beer.
Over the course of four years, Joanna Harvey helped 800 elementary school students to unleash their creativity on paper or canvas. At Bubbles and Brushes Art Studio, she and her team of teachers help people of all ages to do the same. Among the events they curate are adult art parties and Mommy and Me classes—at which parents and children work together on projects. Joanna provides all necessary supplies and pays the going rate for high-quality muses. A certified art teacher, Joanna also graduated with a degree in marketing and a minor in art history from Auburn University in 2002.
Though Bubbles and Brushes provides aprons, students are encouraged to wear old clothing they are comfortable gifting to the Guggenheim to display when they become famous.
AIRDOG Airsoft provides all the tools, real estate, and teammates required for an adrenaline-pumping session of high-stakes combat play. Today’s Groupon is good for the full airsoft experience, providing all faux-soldiers with a G36 rental gun, battery, magazine, mesh mask, and 1,000 BBs designed for maximum velocity, accuracy, and bragging rights. Once players suit up and pump up, they're free to enter the wild, obstacle-laden landscape of the spec ops jungle. Games typically take between four and six hours to complete, allowing ample time for strategy swaps and devious diversions. The competitive playing fields at AIRDOG Airsoft welcomes BB beginners and airsoft old-hands of all ages (players under age 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or guardian; players under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
On its scenic Palmetto farmland, HillFord Farm's stable of proud steeds and expert instructors impart equine education to saddle sitters of all ages. Across two private, 30-minute riding lessons, aspiring equestrians ages 4 through 16 can ascertain the foundational framework for several types of riding, whether for competition, pleasure, or old-timey train heisting. Lessons place an emphasis on safety, instilling students with the proper etiquette to display around the barn and on their horses. Dedicated to the health of their top-notch trotters, HillFord pampers each horse with scrumptious grain and hay, daily turnout, and meticulous stall upkeep. Students can hone their trots on one of HillFord's steeds, or request a "haul in" lesson to learn on their own four-legged friend or friend in a convincing horse-mascot costume.
Every now and then, the normal lights at Atlanta Range and Ordnance turn off, the black lights flicker on, and the targets start to glow. These special shoots allow participants to practice firing amid low-light conditions. In addition to these themed activities, the range also hosts bowling-pin shoots and ladies' day every Thursday. Away from the range, instructors lead classroom sessions covering firearms safety and other fundamentals. Back onsite, armorers maintain and customize firearms.