Harnessing a background in both art and education, The Pottery Studio's owner aims to create a community gathering space where kids and adults can channel their individual creative urges into decorative or functional pottery, tiles, and mosaics. Amateur artists can grab provided brushes, dip them in eco-friendly and water-soluble paints, and then coat clay in any of more than 60 hues. Idea books are on hand to help aid in the design as one maneuvers stencils and sponges across mugs and plates, or kids and pets can learn to create a lasting impression without super-gluing themselves to the garage door by making clay hand- or footprints. Once ready, the professional staff dips each earthenware masterpiece into a clear glaze, fires it inside a kiln, and readies it to be picked up within one week. The pro potters also encourage each visiting artisan to bring coffee and snacks, and during evening hours, bottles of wine can tag along to refill adults' juice boxes.
Following the professional guidelines of the Pilates Method Alliance, Tone's staff of certified instructors puts movement-induced flush into the cheeks of men and women by guiding them through the breathing, balance, and centering of the Pilates system. The 55-minute private introduction lets participants get a feel for the studio's equipment and understand how their mechanisms work the body's muscles and improve the mind's ability to endure friends' vacation photos. The instructors will also explain the basic terms so students are able to follow their cues in future classes. Finally, torsos are tested with fundamental Pilates techniques that increase core strength, balance, and flexibility—giving adherents an overwhelming advantage in thumb-war battles.
The teachers at Just Dance Swing Ballroom foster a supportive environment for students as they illuminate how to cut a textbook rug in styles such as the jitterbug and the charleston. The sprung floor wards off joint pain as singles and couples spin about the ballroom, learning from Annie Darrimon and two-decade dance veteran Denny Freeman.
Parkpoint Health Club has been a part of the Sonoma County landscape since 1983, when Bill and Lindy Buchanan opened their first health club in Santa Rosa. Over the last three decades, the club has earned its reputation with three locations, a diverse lineup of fitness equipment, a friendly and professional staff of trainers, and supplementary amenities such as massage therapy, facials, and nutritional counseling. Adults can get their sweat on in Pilates, yoga, cycling, and Zumba classes, and kids can enjoy after-school play in childcare or swimming in the pools in the summer.
At Soleil Beauty Bar, a team of aestheticians keeps customers comfortably bronzed with custom spray tans from heated Evolv airbrushes. The brushes prep skin with streams of warm air, keeping bodies warm as they’re imbued with an even, custom tan that lasts for up to eight days.
Fusion Fitness’s 25,000-square-foot facility spans two floors of classrooms and workout equipment, ranging from free weights to TRX resistance-training equipment. This workout haven brings on four independent certified personal trainers, including Cal Poly State grad Sabrina Heintz. Sabrina’s credentials—from the American Council on Exercise and the Chek Institute—are indicative of the professionalism and authority boasted by all four trainers. Fusion Fitness’s 11 group class instructors, meanwhile, boast equal per capita certification, and they teach more than 160 classes a month, such as Zumba, Body Pump, and home ec. The gym also staffs tanning beds, which teach skin how to glow. The luxurious locker rooms, equipped with a steam room and sauna, then guide guests through the process of unwinding their muscles and minds.