Nestled inside Art Off Main Creative Studios' homey Northport abode, crafters sidle up to canvases, cookies, or a scuffed pair of shoes and embellish each surface with their own inimitable outlook. Classes abound, from painting and sewing to after-school kids' sessions that turn uneaten sandwich crusts into mixed-media masterpieces. Open-studio classes enable do-it-yourselfers to harness the miscellany of materials at their disposal to create any imaginable type of project, and the studio stokes the flames of creativity while also paying homage to distinct pieces from local artists by hanging their handmade magnum opuses on the walls of one room in the house. The cozy confines make an ideal setting for birthday parties, as the accommodating staff is enthusiastically well versed in party planning and assists customers in creating a festive event such as a bridal shower or an elegant-yet-understated pet wedding
Painting classes with Uptown Art - Uncorked allow artists of all ages and skill levels to spend a few hours expressing their creative impulses. Each session focuses on a designated theme, based on the style of a particular artist, such as Monet, or a particularly beautiful still-life subject, such as gerber daisies or a puddle of spilled tabasco sauce. For groups of aspiring Picassos or people with more than three hands, the studios also host painting parties to accommodate birthday celebrations, bachelorette soirees, work retreats, and sorority events.
Bama Mini Golf challenges families with a pair of 18-hole miniature-golf courses in an all-ages environment fit for toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between. Considered an intermediate challenge, the facility's first course features plenty of lighting to illuminate putts during evening rounds. The advanced course weaves through the property's wooded surroundings and transforms into a glow-in-the-dark adventure after nightfall. Concession stands dole out sodas, ice cream, and fresh snow cones to fuel more fun and games, which Bama Mini Golf plans on expanding to include go-karts, an arcade, and laser tag.
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks consisting of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser-vision-inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Theatre Tuscaloosa sprang directly from the Tuscaloosa Community Players, a rag-tag troupe formed in 1971 that played hotels, churches, and the castles of wealthy Southerners before it moved to the Bama Theatre late in the decade. By the end of the 20th century, Theatre Tuscaloosa had racked up a wall full of awards, including the Governor’s Arts Award and numerous Druid Arts Awards. 1998 saw the completion of the Bean-Brown Theatre, which serves as Theatre Tuscaloosa’s current home. It’s also the site of the company’s first world premiere, A Dickens of a Carol, scored by Alabamian Brad Simmons.