An extension of the Tacoma Bar Academy, the Bartending Academy of Mill Creek has educated students in the finer points of bartending and mixology for more than 35 years. Classes include a 40-hour bartending-certification program, which prepares aspiring tenders to take their place in the drink-slinging industry with lessons in bar etiquette, drink-making techniques, and more than 150 cocktail recipes. The professional classroom setup echoes that of an actual bar, allowing students to get a feel for each element?s proper place, from the sliced fruit and soda guns to the emergency manual that outlines exactly what to do should a horse, duck, and pirate walk in.
"I believe there is an artist hidden inside each person," art instructor Jay Gilani says on FeelArtistic's website. "Inspiration is the only gap between the hidden talent of a person and a creation." Accordingly, Gilani and his team of instructors seek to inspire their students with media as diverse as clay and digital animation. During group classes and summer camps, class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of one-on-one attention, whether pupils are animating their own cartoon characters or learning how to make photorealistic paintings of their feelings.
Twisted Lime Island Pub's interior?filled with pineapple pendant lamps, surfboards, and tiki masks?emanates the spirit of the tropics. Their island-minded chefs crown meaty burgers with pineapple and coddle key limes until they willingly take up residence inside of a pie shell. A team of bartenders shakes up tropical classics such as tequila sunsets and margaritas. The dulcet tones of live bands and karaoke flood the tropical pub on select nights.
On the weekends between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., crowds flock to feast on plates of fluffy eggs, huevos rancheros, and biscuits and gravy. Signature omelets feature fresh vegetables and meats while Mom's fried egg sandwich beckons diners to clean up their appetites with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage?all nestled between two eggs, cheddar cheese, mayo, and a sourdough roll.
Hot Yoga Inc. likes to see you sweat. Not due to exhaustion or struggle, but because the perspiration caused by their classes encourages mental tranquility, muscle toning, and physical detoxification. Hot Yoga Inc. sends warmth deep into the skin and tissues instead of just decorating their studio with a bunch of Sun stickers. These higher temperatures help foster a greater range of motion as students of all skill levels follow a flowing series of yoga postures. Basic Hatha classes soothe the mind with a rush of endorphins while losing weight and improving flexibility, and Power Yoga pushes students with more intense workouts that build strength.
As a former export manager of Alaskan seafood, the sushi chef at Sushi Spott knows his fillets. Fresh catches fill the glass display case at the sushi bar, where nigiri sushi and hand rolls join specialty rolls such as the salmon-skin roll and the citrus-infused lemon roll, whose tuna, avocado, and salmon cannot be made into lemonade. Sushi Spott also dishes out chicken teriyaki, bento boxes, and other entrees amid the dining room's white pendant lamps and decorative Japanese screens.
At GrayStone Stables & Equestrian Center, the horses play, stomp, and whinny happily in their ample surroundings?the natural result of proper nutrition and a compassionate environment nurtured by passionate equestrians. The welcoming spirit pervades every aspect of the center: from the 70'x180' indoor riding arena to the 110'x220' outdoor field, as well as its pony club meetings to the lessons in Western and English riding. All lesson-takers are encouraged to focus on communication with their horse?a skill that manifests itself in dressage competitions, reining, and successful trips to the drive-thru.