At Jewelry Creations Workshop, carrying a torch for someone doesn't mean you have a crush on them—it means you're actually holding a torch for them while they tie their hair back and prepare to solder pieces of hand-made jewelry together. Named Best Jewelry Maker by the Miami New Times in 2013, the workshop team teaches wide-ranging techniques, from the aforementioned soldering to fold forming and enameling. Owner Steven Brownlee, who leads many of the sessions, has more than a decade of experience in the craft and uses it to teach cutting-edge techniques as well as the basics. In his introductory workshop, students get more than three hours to practice the fundamentals and craft a simple silver ring ideal for spontaneously proposing to a classmate.
Sthefany Pessoa got her start in the hospitality industry after moving to Miami from Brazil as a young girl. Inspired by the weddings and special events she witnessed at the hotels where she worked, she decided to enroll in QC School of Events. She then founded Happily Ever After, a wedding-planning company she's helmed for more than five years.
Although Pessoa is adept at planning bar and bat mitzvahs and gala events, weddings are her bread, butter, and plastic cake topper. She guides brides and grooms through the often-overwhelming planning process with four tiered packages. The Diva package is for couples who don't know where to begin: Pessoa conducts a one-day meeting to discuss the their vision and provide them with venue ideas, timelines, checklists, and budget sheets. The Princess package provides day-of coordination services, in which she meets with couples about a month before the event and takes the reins on last-minute details, ensuring the special day goes off without a hitch. Perfect for brides who have gotten bogged down with planning, the Queen package offers guidance and help with the final steps of the process. Pessoa also offers a full-service, start-to-finish planning service known as the Goddess package.
The team at Bal Harbor Bouari Clinic helps clients reshape their silhouettes, whether that's through contouring treatments or weight-loss plans. The contouring treatments, also known as nonsurgical lifts, use radio frequency to encourage collagen production in the face and body, firming and toning skin. Weight-loss plans integrate many techniques, including nutrient-rich diet plans, an aloe-based detoxifying supplement, and regimens with low-impact exercises such as walking, yoga, and swimming. The staff can work with primary-care physicians, creating healthy weight-loss goals for clients who contend with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
The experienced troubleshooters at PC-Man Solutions Inc. work with both business and residential systems, scrubbing viruses from home hard drives as well as designing networks for corporations. Business customers can easily have remote support tools installed, off-site backups prepared, and failing hardware replaced. For home PC users experiencing difficulties, PC-Man techs can resolve system errors, make repairs, or upgrade computer components.
At Pole Dance Miami, honored as 2010’s Best Gym Alternative in the Miami New Times and featured on NBC Channel 6, dance poles host a dizzying array of spins and twists in more than 40 weekly classes that unite high-flying exercise with feminine sensuality. Passionate instructors lead one-hour classes in sundry styles for patrons of all skill levels, from the sultry sways of Beginner 1 to the Vixen class’s foxy spin combos. The fuchsia studio’s floor-to-ceiling wall of mirrors assists patrons in achieving proper form during mat stretches and twists, and its hardwood floors are tuned to make pitch-perfect music when struck with stiletto heels. Ladies can flock to the studio en masse for pole parties, during which instructors lead partygoers in basic moves to celebrate bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or high-noon tea parties.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso?Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America?about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.