A lifelong songwriter and performer, Sharman Nittoli's accolades include co-writing the Frank Sinatra song "Here's to the Band." As an instructor, she harnesses her experience to help students find their own musical voice through lessons in piano, voice, songwriting, and recording.
Ross Cohen loves technology; he studied at the New York Institute of Technology, founded his own web design company, and even opened InvenDesign to work exclusively with 3-D printers. But there's something that fascinates him even more than circuitry. He started InvenDesign as a celebration of his own "young entrepreneurial spirit," and to help others explore their own. He uses 3-D printing technology to create product prototypes, artwork, and other, more esoteric designs for clients. But you don't need to be a technophile to reap the benefits?he also teaches people how to use the technology through classes. The classes explore the techniques used to adapt other media and transform them into 3-D printed objects, allowing customers to scan in favorite photographs or cartoon characters run over by a steam roller before printing out a fully 3-D version. Students also learn how to create original 3-D models on the computer, which can then be printed to create toys and tools.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: 3D Printed Items
Pro Tip: Have an open mind
Good for Kids: Yes
Signature Service: Real-estate licensing course
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Francisco Gomes began his professional life as a preacher, but found his path soon leading him to the world of real estate. It was his love of talking to people that got him there, and his love of talking to people that lead him to success. Ultimately he became the director of ABS School of Real Estate & Insurance, where he and his staff help guide people down that same real-estate path. Through courses and books, the pros prep students to earn a real estate-license or a home-inspector's certification so they can charge people every time they say, "Nice house."
Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.