Scales Music's legion of experienced instructors teaches aspiring strummers the fundaments of acoustic guitar in a cozy, encouraging environment during 45-minute group lessons. Open to the young, the young at heart, and the incredibly old, each lesson guides a troop of four–six string pluckers through the basic principles of music theory and a musical rendition of Einstein's theory of relativity. After the opening session, rock 'n' roll undergrads begin learning how to play songs together. Spacious lesson rooms provide players with space to groove and free high-speed Internet access allows parents to browse the web. Although not included with today's Groupon, students can choose from a selection of rental guitars to take home for further practice with family bands led by golden-retriever sopranos.
With pottery in the studio’s name, visitors might be surprised to witness the amount of melting, fusing, gluing, and sculpting that occurs at Imagination Pottery and Creations. Several means of artistic expression keep creative juices flowing as guests of all ages assemble colorful mosaics, build fused-glass projects, and channel their inner Monet, who was famous for painting the first World’s Greatest Dad mug. In addition to open studio time, parties, and multimedia educational programs, Imagination’s staff organizes weekly events, including BYOB gatherings and Ladies' Night for adults.
The Fantasy Shop owners Dave and Kelli Wallace and their friendly staff escort culture enthusiasts through a chasm of comics, games, and merchandise. New single-issue comics ($2.99+) and trade paperbacks detail the adventures and misadventures of favorite heroes, antiheroes, and sea mammals posing as high-school students. Revel in the hexagonal pursuits of the two-player Hive ($31.95) or the little victories of Munchkin ($24.99), or select another game from a vast entertainment cavalcade of European- and American-style board games. Dungeons & Dragons Player Handbooks ($34.99) prepare Tiefling warlocks for spelunking and malicious encounters with falling rocks, and Magic: The Gathering booster packs ($3.99) aid deck-builders with instants, summons, and new-card smells.
Named the 2010 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick for best family-friendly bookstore in St. Louis, independently owned Main Street Books entices page-turners of all backgrounds with a range of literature, with specialties in children's books and explorations of local and Western history. Delve into a watery underworld with Kat Falls’ young adult adventure tale Dark Life ($16.99), and discover the surreal challenges of living on the sea bottom in an inflatable house. Or flee the sea for the postmodern world of Lena Haloway in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium , where love is a physical sickness that must be cured and the government dictates society’s wants and needs ($17.99). In St. Charles Then and Now ($21.99), Jessica Dreyer and Main Street Books' owner Vicki Berger Erwin lend visual context to the area's history by documenting local landscape alterations, such as the enormous climate control dome that surrounds St. Charles.
Since Winston’s Sewing Center began dispensing quilting and needlepoint supplies in 1939, there have been quite a few innovations in the craft. That’s especially true with sewing machines. The storefront has a sizeable collection of up-to-date models that have pinpoint accuracy and programmable embroidery. These modern devices sit amid the vast stock of traditional craft supplies, including yards of luxuriant fabrics for handcrafting projects. The center also serves as just a quiet, comfortable place to sew, whether you want to do that in as part of a class, in a sociable club, or within a yarn cocoon.
Inside Art Glass Array?s warm studio, beginners learn basic processes and techniques to cut and melt glass, creating a spread of unique items, including platters, bowls, and wall hangings. Classes in wire-wrapping and dichroic block layering teach skills that can yield beautiful pendants, and advanced classes let students take their craft to the next level by creating matching sets of dishes or sandblasting glass. Students can display their works at the studio?s gallery, which saves refrigerators the burden of having bowls and pendants hot-glued to their doors.