A guitarist for more than 25 years, Craig Rogers has spent his life rocking out in bands and composing music for programs on networks including ABC, HBO, and PBS. When he's not writing his own tunes, he trains the next generation of six-string strummers through Craig's Guitar Lessons' at-home and in-studio sessions.
Drawing on both his guitar prowess and 10 years of teaching experience, Craig customizes each lesson around whatever skills and subjects compel his students. Those range from music theory and sight reading to rhythm- or lead-guitar techniques in a variety of genres including rock, blues, folk, and metal. Craig even teaches pupils their favorite songs, which saves each student's friends from having to pretend-listen to more air guitar.
Seanara Mode’s stylists and founders, Sean and Ara, not only revamp looks with hair services, but they also train fellow professionals in the art of styling and teach clients how to self-style at home. With 18 years of experience under his belt, Sean has clipped hair in three different countries and specializes in speedy cutting techniques. Ara began his haircutting career as a teen and has since worked with celebrity clientele and shown off his designs on TV. In their courses, Sean and Ara combine demonstrations with hands-on workshops to delve deep into the specifics of creating trendy updos, texturizing men’s hair, and cutting bangs so they no longer look like weird, hairy curtains.
During her time as a fashion model, Donna Michelle D'Aurio knew the importance of staying in shape. But, when she became a trained fitness instructor, she quickly learned the importance of being both fit and healthy. With this philosophy in mind, Donna established Bella Fitness as a mobile fitness company in 2006. Since then, the company has grown into a fitness business where a staff of personal trainers, dance instructors, sport coaches, and nutritionists designs customized fitness plans for everyone from kids to senior citizens.
Within the studio, clients can work up a sweat in semi-private Pilates, Barre, Zumba, TRX, and dance cardio classes that reflect Donna’s own group fitness certifications from the Arthritis Foundation, SilverSneakers, PiYo, and YMCA. For younger clients, kids' yoga and Zumba classes are also available. At the other end of the spectrum, personal training sessions provide one-on-one attention as exercisers focus on mastering specific fitness routines or strengthening their levitation abilities. Bella's facility is also equipped with a Korr Reevue breathing test, which determines resting metabolic rates, as well as plenty of space to host training courses on CPR and fitness instruction.
Every few weeks, Singles Mingle Events stages another party at one of Raleigh's upscale restaurants and bars. But the company isn't celebrating anything in particular. The events are merely an opportunity for local singles to get to know each other. Sometimes they take the form of speed dating, but just as often they're simply laid-back cocktail hours, the kind of low-pressure gatherings where even shy guests can loosen up and have a good time. Of course, if you do find yourself feeling nervous in the lead-up to an event, you can always call on Vanessa Taylor, the company's resident dating coach.
Offset with crisp white accents and cleanly curving lines, Classique Nails' warm, vibrant red walls and plush pedicure chairs imbue the spa with a glamorous take on tranquility. Clients sink deep into relaxation, facing flat-screen televisions as they soak their feet and leisurely pick from a host of nail services. Treatments range from basic buff-and-file manicures to deluxe spa treatments, which indulge customers with sea-salt and sugar scrubs, callus treatments, and massages before topping off fingers with tiny tiaras. Nail-art options abound: technicians use acrylics, silks, gels, and even airbrushes to give digits the look wearers want.