Whether at the retail store or beneath the water's surface, Bluewater Divers' crew maintains a commitment to helping their customers live life to the fullest. The staff, which includes PADI-certified instructors as well as an aptly named director of happiness, leads scuba classes at heated pools, natural bodies of water, or inside their own imaginations. After students master beginner courses, instructors can help them obtain PADI certification for open-water diving in the deep blue or learn advanced skills such as rescue diving. It’s not uncommon for students to foster new friendships with other divers or their instructors, especially during the school’s regularly scheduled social events and diving trips.
An authorized dealer for many leading brands, Bluewater Divers’ staff keeps the shop filled with necessary scuba equipment and accessories. The crew also runs a demo department, which lets divers test gear before they commit to living inside a giant fishbowl.
About 90% of Purple Glaze Studio’s ceramics and craft supplies come from local sources, reflecting a dedication to the community that undergirds the studio’s resolve to never become a franchise. Instead, the Oklahoma-oriented Purple Glaze Studio welcomes neighbors inside to paint hundreds of ceramic bowls, frames, and figurines created in the Tulsa area. Stencils, sponges, and stamps assist crafters as they paint their projects, and an idea center helps jumpstart flagging imaginations. The studio also invites guests to assemble bright tiles and stones into mosaics—a perfect activity for a girls’ night, a birthday party, or discovering that you’re actually colorblind.
At BA Fitness, certified trainers transform fading, feeble bodies into muscle-laden machines with rigorous workouts and personal accountability. Expert fitness friends weigh and measure bodies, create goals, and discuss past dumbbell-polishing experience to assess each participant's physical fitness and tailor a workout program for optimal fat loss. One-on-one sessions emphasize functional strength by employing cable-resistance machines, battle ropes, free weights, and positive reinforcement. Neither the mind nor the plate is a demilitarized zone in the war on fat with BA's thorough nutritional guidance and motivational measures, which instill in students a love of healthy grub and give them an accountability journal to fill with notes on their workouts or the crush they have on the bench press. Each training session takes place inside BA Fitness's lavish 2,100-square-foot private studio, whose blue-and-white-hued walls are lined with motivational sayings and exercise contraptions.
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center employs a battalion of highly trained tutors who help students succeed both in school and standardized testing. The academic evaluation consists of 3.5 hours of exams performed in a simulated classroom environment. The result of this marathon screening is a comprehensive collection of data that tutors will utilize when designing a custom learning program. Accompanying the evaluation is a detailed review for the student, family, and on-duty pets.
Champions of helping clients attain their fitness goals, Dojo 3’s team of seasoned instructors cater to all manner of workout styles and sensibilities with a variety of sweat-inducing classes. They elucidate self-defense techniques during Krav Maga classes, preparing students to react defensively to surprise attacks. Furthering self-defense skills, their rigorous curriculum of mixed-martial-arts classes combines a variety of martial-arts modalities from around the world, including karate, kung fu, boxing, and kenpo. Latin beats fuel Zumba classes, in which instructors lead high-energy routines that marry dance moves and interval training, and small-group and private yoga lessons render bodies flexible enough to comfortably lie in a rack.
At a time when many schools around the country are forced to cut back on art programs, Abrakadoodle has emerged to fill the empty creative space left behind. The studio began in 2002, when founders Mary Rogers and Rosemarie Hartnett set out to unify proven educational methods with kid-friendly art instruction. By opening Abrakadoodle, the duo wanted youngsters to experience one of the most rewarding aspects of art: having fun.
Today, Mary and Rosemarie’s vision has developed to include mobile programs that expand imaginations across the United States, as well as studios stationed throughout the world. With guidance from Abrakadoodle’s certified teachers, adults or students aged 20 months to 14 years practice various means of self-expression during painting, drawing, sculpting, and design classes. While developing new skills and keeping the stain-remover industry in business, pintsize Picassos explore their own talents and learn about professional artists. Abrakadoodle keeps all of its class sizes small and caters to students of any skill level.