The WRC's Making Change Program enables women to regain control of their economic security by offering basic financial education in a safe space. Women can also discuss finances with other participants and cooperate in mutually beneficial ways—for example, by becoming roommates. All of the program's participants have experienced domestic violence and are ready and willing to look realistically at their current financial situations and make the necessary changes. After completing the program, women receive dollar-for-dollar matches of up to $1,000 for any funds they save while participating in the program, thus helping them pay the first month's rent in their new, safe residences.
One-hour swing-analysis lessons are one-on-one sessions led by Edwin Watts' knowledgeable instructors, who have years of teaching and competing experience hidden beneath their pleats. Students first showcase their swings in front of a video camera, then a human-and-laser-hybrid team analyzes grip, setup, backswing, and downswing to reveal exactly where and when pendulums started hanging out with the wrong crew of slices, hooks, and hamsters. Next, trainers attempt to correct students' swinging problems with personal instruction and a pinch of pixie dust.
Illuminated by scores of flat-screen TVs, Buckhead Saloon roars with high-energy crowds hungry for burgers, brews, and music. Amid its spacious, wood-planked interior and sprawling outdoor patio, Buckhead revelers tip back beers while sampling an assortment of scrumptious menu items. Nosh on tasty taco varieties that include chicken ($9), beef ($10), and grilled or blackened tilapia tacos ($11), all adorned in warm flour tortillas and served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pico de gallo. The rockin' BBQ burger topped with barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, and onion rings is perfect for snacking on during a sweaty one-handed drum solo ($9). Buckhead's weekend showcases of live music regularly spark impromptu dance parties, just like a dentist’s waiting room with a newly installed disco ball.
At Ladies Workout Express, women of all fitness levels work their entire body during 30-minute fitness routines with the help of experienced trainers and motivating music. During the studio’s signature workout, exercisers breeze through a circuit of cardio intervals and strength-training exercises as an instructor doles out personalized tips and words of encouragement. Participants also cultivate fitter physiques using adjustable hydraulic-resistance machines designed to work two muscles groups at once. Eventually, this approach to quick, effective circuit training helps to increase muscle mass in time, which encourages bodies to melt more calories and pop fudge-dipped thought bubbles before they even penetrate cranial barriers.
Handprints in a rainbow of paints coat the white walls and even the ductwork of Dip 'n Dab's spacious studio, surrounding students who are swiping equally bright brushes against canvas. Kids and adults follow step-by-step instructions to create their own interpretations of decorative pieces and great works by Matisse, Van Gogh, and Monet, often while enjoying BYOB drinks and snacks. The studio also offers open studio time, scrapbooking sessions, and Mommy and Me classes, where children create a piece for immediate crushing criticism from their parents.
Run by longtime friends and art enthusiasts Anna and Dede, the children's art studio gives crafty youngsters myriad accouterments for creating inimitable masterpieces, and encourages fledgling Rembrandts’ self-confidence in their own artistic abilities. The day-camp sessions impart multihued knowledge to diminutive innovators, using a plethora of supplies such as glitter, paint, and clay to construct fun works of mini human genius. Projects vary day to day and have included the assemblage and decoration of collages, bags, and jewelry. Imaginative whippersnappers are encouraged to get messy in their quest for the ultimate magnum opus, which they can cart home and arrange on refrigerators or inside freezers. In addition to the camp classes listed on the site, sessions on May 31, June 1, and June 2 have been added for Groupon users.
There are two things that are absolutely vital when someone first becomes a parent: lots of sleep, and peace of mind. AlphaCord grants that second essential by providing umbilical-cord blood collection and storage services to brand-new mothers. Because it's chock-full of life-giving stem cells, saving a baby's umbilical cord blood may help doctors treat the child—and potentially relatives—for a number of diseases later on. The collection process is simple: the same professional that delivers the baby collects the blood from the mother, keeping the baby and any queasy storks entirely removed from the process. Once it's collected, the blood is swiftly couriered to the AlphaCord storage facility where it is cryogenically frozen and stored for future use.