At Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, instructors guide students through a wide array of suspended workouts, from strengthening trapeze-and-silks classes to ones where pupils use hoops, ropes, or even chains to lift them off the ground. After -spending hours exercising in midair, students can train to be on the next mission to outer space, or stay in this atmosphere and gain the upper-body strength required to be a successful aerial artist.
Inside a 1,000-square-foot studio dedicated completely to boudoir shoots, an experienced photographer captures flirty portraits that show clients in their best light. Clients may choose from backdrops of gold sequins, sultry lace, polished marble, or classic brick?all complemented with the timeless look of 100-year-old wood floors. Plush bedding, a chaise lounge, and a romantic chandelier may also accentuate any shoot. During 90-minute sessions, members of the all-female staff help primp clients, outfitting them in an array of in-house clothing and shoes to complement any client's attire. Hair and makeup are included in all boudoir sessions, as is a gift card for Benton Park Cafe.
Yellow Brick Road Photography's professional shutterbugs mingle a straightforward portrait approach with a creative twist. Creating a comfortable atmosphere on location, they snap off candid family, wedding, and baby photos. They can enhance those moments with props such as blocks or Scrabble pieces that spell out phrases or the entirety of pi, or they can add a dash of vibrant color to an otherwise black and white image. It's a technique they can apply to any scenario, including couples shoots and modeling sessions.
By working one-on-one with at-risk students throughout the school year, AmeriCorps tutors can effectively identify learning obstacles, target each child's individual needs, evaluate students' progress, and develop strong mentoring relationships. Since 2006, 91 percent to 100 percent of students who participated in the tutoring program ended the school year at their target reading grade levels or higher.
The shelves at Looking Glass Designs teem with jewelry, bags, apparel, and gifts for children and adults alike. Adorn barren wrists, lonely necks, and empty earlobes with handmade beaded jewelry sets in contemporary and antique styles. Stylish serving items include wine glasses etched with the fleur-de-lis, the national symbol of Rhode Island ($8). Recycled coffee bags come together in Sun Ministries eco-friendly totes, and each tan and gingham-patterned bag helps to send young missionaries into inner-city areas. The shop also stocks scarves ($15–$35), baby gifts and apparel ($10–$50), soy candles ($14), and natural loofah bath scrubbies ($7). For an additional fee, customers can choose to have owner Andrea Heugatter, whose needle skills helped her to win the Riverfront Times 2009 award for Best Personalized Gifts, emblazon gifts with names, personal messages, or grocery lists.
Brew in the Lou is for more than just beer aficionados?the four-hour festival fills Concordia Seminary's Koburg Hall with handcrafted spirits, wine, coffee, and gourmet foods, too. A fundraiser that benefits the Lutheran Elementary School Association, Brew in the Lou will include sips and bites from more than 40 vendors. Guests can also have unlimited refills in a Brew in the Lou commemorative glass while sampling stouts and ales from large national breweries such as Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Co., whose "forward-thinking" new brewer recently spoke with the Groupon Guide. Or, they can keep things local with sips of local suds from Morgan Street Brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, Excel Brewing, and other St. Louis standards. Stringbean Coffee and Ski Soda will also be offering their refreshments.
Official Brew in the Lou bratwurst from Swiss Meat & Sausage Co. and barbecue meats from BBQ ASAP and Gobble Stop Smokehouse will also be available to pair with drinks. Throughout the afternoon festival, attendees can also peruse crafts made by local artisans and enjoy music from Waterloo German Band.