Paint-n-Party’s staff members are so determined to immerse people in the fun, interactive world of art that they’ll bring the party directly to their patrons. Instructors regularly travel to the homes of fledgling Rembrandts, where they helm private painting parties complete with canvases, paints, and super soakers for Jackson Pollock impersonations. The staff also beckons patrons to Paint-n-Party’s brick-and-mortar establishment, where visitors can unleash their creativity during hands-on classes or artistic birthday parties.
Pottery painting and glass fusing are two of the most celebrated crafts at Earth Paint and Fire. Spirited and inclusive, the studio’s BYOB classes and art sessions invite guests to indulge as they customize a plate or fuse colored glass to create ornate dishware and jewelry. During special project sessions, the staff members also assist artists by helping them customize works with painted accents such as the footprint of a newborn baby, the paw of an aging pup, or the tire tread of a beloved robot butler.
Glowing neon-red-and-blue wall accents complement the staff members' bright attitudes at American Body Works gyms. They strive to make connections with each member, remembering their names and favorite prime numbers, as they guide them through rows of cardio equipment—each with an attached LCD TV screen—and strength-training machines affixed with illustrations on their use. Guests can work out in the daytime hours or swipe their membership key for nighttime access, pushing through free-weight reps while personal trainers sleep inside their resistance-band cocoons. Amenities such as childcare, tanning, and group classes round out the gym services at several American Body Works locations.
Though it's based in Atlanta, BodyPlex has expanded its calorie-burning classes all the way to Puerto Rico, making the business a fast-growing and far-reaching fitness center. At any location, members can attend body-sculpting classes that incorporate weights, stationary bicycles, steps, or yoga poses. These interactive group sessions help participants tone limbs, shed unwanted pounds, and boost cardiovascular health.
Perhaps his degree in physics from Georgia Tech or his longtime stint as a partner in an engineering firm prepped Jeff Sousa to understand the improbable poses that yoga demands. Before starting Ember Yoga, he knew that he wanted to take possession of his own physical health, and so he left his engineering days behind and became a full-time yoga teacher. He opened Ember Yoga as a venue for others to discover their own passion for yoga.
Now, 16 other passionate yoga teachers—including former basketball players and professional cyclists—aid Jeff in teaching 16 unique yoga classes. Along with the hot-yoga courses, including Vinyasa, the team leads diverse groups through sessions intended for pregnant mothers, children, and practitioners intent on mediation. This panoply of offerings recently won the Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch Readers' Choice Award for Best Gym. The 4,400-square-foot studio features four distinct areas, including a hardwood hot-yoga studio, locker rooms with onsite showers, and a boutique full of yoga equipment and apparel.