Dustin Ballinger knows guitars. With a degree in applied music and jazz guitar, extensive experience recording music with local musicians, and 15 years of performing under his proverbial belt, Ballinger approaches the instrument with ease and familiarity. “I have always believed that music lessons of any kind should be fun and friendly as well as challenging,” he says. He backs up his belief by leading his roster of classes with an encouraging and dedicated approach. Lessons unfold in a cozy, homey studio space complete with couches, rustic wooden accents, and windows that look out onto sparrows trained to sing the guitar parts from “Free Bird."
With a diverse array of shiny equipment and classes, this comprehensive fitness center prevents exercisers from getting bored on the road to buffhood. Garnish three months of muscle making with four one-on-one sessions (around 45 minutes each) with a professional personal trainer, who will help you along your path to happy health by detailing how to use equipment and how to share the water fountains. Once properly introduced to the abounding amenities—which range from a heated indoor pool to TRX suspension training—explore Summit Fitness Center's numerous group classes. Within the high-ceilinged, 32,250-square-foot confines, dance through Zumba, build muscles in 10 Minute Abs, or develop dizzy tolerance in spinning classes.
Signature service: Creative Arts Programs
Specializing in everything from knitting to Photoshop, Niagara Artist Studio's instructors have established a space where artists of all ages and experience levels flex their creative muscles using a variety of media. The Artistic Director has more than 25 years of personal and teaching experience in fine arts, which she puts to use in designing programs that contribute to a well-rounded education. In addition to honing artistic technique and learning facts about art history, her students develop cognitive skills, focus, tolerance, and both risk-taking and problem-solving abilities.
Go Veggies Cafe distributes an expansive vegan and gluten-free menu of burgers, curries, wraps, and soups, many of which are based on Sri Lankan recipes. These meals travel to farmers' markets, grocery stores, and local homes to fill stomachs with nutritious food such as coconut lentil soup, mango pudding, and rice and bean cabbage rolls. They even offer various types of burgers, including spinach, lentil, spicy mushroom, and black bean. The shop also runs classes to teach students how to cook vegan meals on their own.