At The Clay Canvas's child-friendly contemporary ceramics studio, customers of all crafting levels dabble in DIY activities ranging from pottery painting to hand-building moist-clay pieces. Children's summer camps, workshops, and other classes help youngsters take steps toward skilled painting or overcoming a fear of sitting at a potter's wheel that may be surrounded by friendly ghosts. The Clay Canvas also engages with the local artist community by selling finished pieces at the studio.
The aestheticians at Esthetiques Skin Spa have all long held an interest in skincare, even dating back to childhood for one pro who gave herself mud-pie facials. While mud is conveniently left off the menu, the team does unfurl Intraceuticals products, glycolic-acid peels, and a Nuface microcurrent toning device to revitalize tired mugs and combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. They also adorn fresh canvases with spray tans that leave bodies looking bronzed and beautiful.
A member of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Oxford Center’s Dr. Wooten applies more than 30 years of experience to carrot chompers and their aesthetic ambitions, producing dazzlingly white ammo for DMV photos and daily grinning. Consultations (a $100 value) begin with a discussion about smile concerns, including any changes patients might wish to see in their mouth’s treasured range of molar mountains. After taking a photo of the smiling client posing atop a fine Arabian mare while pointing boldly toward the future, Dr. Wooten uses digital cosmetic imaging to demonstrate what kind of enhancements are possible through further cosmetic treatment, including changes to tooth color, shape, and gum-line characteristics.
The fine-foodstuffs purveyors at Olivia's Food Emporium assemble fresh seasonal ingredients to craft a gourmet slate of frozen take-home comfort fare. The prepared meals—ideal for harried home cooks, pressed-for-time dinner-party planners, and Cold War nostalgists stocking underground bunkers—include house-made casseroles ($9.70–$13 / lb.) in classic flavors such as mac ‘n’ cheese and savory lasagna. Other offerings in savory casserole form include green-bean, squash, and hash-brown varietals. At-home diners can gussy up plates with cornbread dressing before adding a finishing touch of fresh-frozen vegetables ($10) in portions large enough to beta-carotenize two to five guests at once. Visitors to Olivia's Food Emporium can stroll the quaint store's bright aisles, filled with aqua-colored shelves and steam-powered grocery carts.
Starbound Storybooks' Dream Job is a paperback mini booklet that personalizes reading for toddlers and early wordsmiths. By uploading a photograph of a son, daughter, or sculpture of an imaginary, cooler child, parents can let their wee ones see their future career adventures under the sea, at the circus, or on a rock-concert stage. Each book is designed to be an educational tool that makes a unique gift, doubling as a portal into a universe of fun.
Led by Kendall Gregory, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Oxford Adventure Boot Camp helps ladies of all ages and sizes shed pounds, gain confidence, and strengthen sinews through encouraging indoor and outdoor workouts. One-hour sessions present constant and varied challenges for muscles, keeping them from falling into boring routines and bottomless pits. Cardio exercises boost heart rates and metabolisms, sport yoga fosters bendy limbs, and core training improves posture and increases stability. Short-distance running mingles with weight training and obstacle courses, and kickboxing trains women to box up packages using only their feet. Sessions gradually increase in intensity, and nutritional tips along the way guide participants to healthier lifestyles.