With 24 years of vehicular modification under its belt, Auto Audio outfits cars, boats, and buildings with custom sound systems, high-tech security measures, and UV-blocking LLumar window tinting. All technicians ply their trade with the confidence of at least a decade of experience, adapting to new trends as they affix iPads and iPods to dashboards or update cars' mechanical brains with GPS, remote starters, and keyless-entry apparatuses. They also upgrade seacraft with high-powered sound systems and video players that stream an endless loop of Jaws.
Since its humble beginnings as a small Boston storefront in 1928, the Woodcraft name has grown to encompass more than 70 metropolitan locations across the United States, making a nationwide splash in the world of woodworking supplies. In its transformation into a bustling franchise, Woodcraft has retained its signature, down-to-earth homeyness in each of its shops, where locals search out brand-name hand tools, hardware, and wood to build tree forts or rapidly enhance custom toothpick collections. Woodcraft’s 90-day satisfaction guarantee ensures that customers can bid adieu to any item that fails to meet their handyman standards. The network of shops also shares its woodworking wisdom during its classes, and hosts poker games that yield Woodcraft gift-card prizes.
The knowledge keepers at UniversalClass feed intrepid and curious minds alike through their exhaustive catalog of online continuing education courses. Students think their way through a curriculum of arts, accounting, cooking, or career-training courses, earning CEUs (continuing education units) as they go. In lieu of brick-and-mortar classrooms, classes meet in a virtual space constructed out of high-tech building blocks such as streaming videos, website avatars, instructor-crafted content, and social networks. The classes’ persistent online presence also allows busy students to learn at their own pace and still receive continual feedback from instructors. Students can bounce from subject to subject, preparing for a new career in proofreading, psychology, or statistics, or bone up on more esoteric topics such as metaphysics in case they get invited to tea inside the Large Hadron Collider.
Painting in the comfort of your own home often leads to incomplete masterpieces, eating the tasty-looking colors, or stopping before you start. With today's Groupon, let the paint fly with the motivation of others and the accompaniment of an optional libation. For $20, you can attend a BYOB painting class on the regular schedule ($45 value) at the St. Petersburg location of Painting with a Twist, where you can paint and converse in an artfully social atmosphere.
Total Body Conditioning Fitness Center owner Mark Bodine?s 18-year personal-training career began at another gym, where his sessions became so popular that he eventually landed his own private studio within the gym?s walls. That studio grew into the 24-hour fitness center he operates today. In addition to being the official training destination for the Lakeland Raiders indoor-football team, the staff hosts personal and group training sessions, all of which are accompanied by nutritional coaching that helps clients choose the right foods and avoid eating the meat of nutritionless cookie monsters. Their workouts, including boot camps, make extensive use of the facility?s free weights, strength machines, and treadmills as well as a separate studio stocked with Pilates reformers.