While some husbands gift their wives with flowers or candlelit dinners, Bob Lang knew this wasn't enough for his wife Patty. Her stroke in 2008 led to an unexpected flurry of artistic activity that inspired Bob to found A Stroke of Creativity, which won the Home News Tribune's Readers Choice Award for Best of 2011, 2012, and 2013 in Central Jersey, as both a place where Patty could create her opuses and where participants of all levels and abilities could find their inner artists. Classes divulge the secrets of creating jewelry, fused glass, and paintings to help students hone their personal style and express their angst at the cancellation of Golden Girls. Patty's extensive background in special education, coupled with Bob and Patty's experience raising children with special needs infuses the studio, which is accessible to people with disabilities, with a fully inclusive vibe, allowing all who enter a chance to create without fear of judgment or ridicule.
Sisters Pooja and Cristal Sharma
both had successful careers in chemical engineering and accounting, respectively, when they decided to immerse themselves in the study of yoga?s calming, restorative, and spiritual aspects. Now certified yoga teachers for more than a decade with more than 20,000 hours of experience, Pooja and Cristal guide students into seated and standing poses meant to realign the spine, strengthen the core, and increase flexibility. Their studio, Soul Power Yoga, opened in 2009 and holds daily classes that are geared toward newbies and pros alike. Special yoga classes even focus on expectant mothers or children ages 3-14. Additionally, a Bollywood Bliss class works out midsections with easy-to-follow belly dancing moves, while a Piloxing class combines Pilates, boxing, and dance. For those looking to become yoga instructors, the studio offers the RYS 200 Teacher Training program.
GT Dream Cars unleashes its elite fleet of exotic, automatic sports cars on a temporary basis to help add a touch of luxury, beauty, and raw power to an afternoon. The lineup of swanky steeds includes the powerfully sleek Aston Martin Vantage, the luxurious Bentley Continental GT, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the Maserati GranTurismo, or the Lamborghini Gallardo, with the power of 550 horses or 78 furious mastodons. Inside car cockpits, conquer the 2.7-mile road course, blasting down the straightaway and deftly maneuvering the mini corkscrew with the ease of a bobsled team weaving down a water slide.
Young Chefs Academy provides a fun, safe, and motivational environment for kids to become acquainted with food and food presentation. Engaging chefstructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette and safety in youngsters, giving them a gourmet guidebook for their future journey into the land of food. Classes educate a variety of age groups; classes for the kindercooks and junior chefs let kids follow a recipe to edible fruition, creating a nutritional meal while mastering basic food-prep skills. Senior chefs are offered advanced classes that hone specific skills and techniques to expand the parameters of cooking creativity.
Math Monkey is an enrichment center for students from pre-k through 12th grade.
Students can choose between fun, game based classes, one-to-one tutoring, or homework help.
Each student is evaluated, and assured individual attention resulting in improved study habits, organizational skills, and self confidence.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Come, Create, Enjoy.
Q&A with Danielle Arno, Founder, Owner, Creative Director
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I love seeing how all of the paintings at the end of an event are similar, but each has its own unique qualities. I love that just about everyone who attends an event is pleasantly surprised with what they create.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
I offer a loyalty card; after attending five paying public events, guests receive the sixth public event for free. Each guest receives an apron to wear for the duration of the event to protect their clothing.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have had a passion for art for as long as I can remember. I have also always had an entrepreneurial spirit, with my first attempt at the age of 10. I have always had the desire to own my own business.