For more than a decade, the kilns at Ocean Stained Glass have been firing and finishing glass pieces crafted by both veterans and first-timers. The stained glass play land leads classes that vary in content from fusing techniques and mosaic construction to the pure art of staining glass. It also encourages glassworkers to drop by during open-studio hours, thereby eliminating the need for budding artists to hurl paint buckets and cement blocks at the nearest storefront window. The studio’s resident artists craft custom designs as well, which vary in price based on the materials and complexity of a project.
The aquatic experts at Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals send mariners of all stripes into the scenic waters of Sunset Harbor on electric boats, standup paddleboards, and surfboards. They rent out watercrafts for temporary jaunts, which allow beginners to experience the freedom of paddling while standing up and entire families to collectively swear off land while aboard a 21-foot electric boat. For those more committed to their water sport, they sell standup paddleboards and surfboards. The professionals also invite explorers to get a new perspective on bending and balance with Yoga on Water.
Enthusiastic instructors at OEX Sunset Beach invite beginning and experienced adventurers into the cerulean waters of the Pacific Ocean. The outpost is an offshoot of the original OEX center in La Jolla, which began as a kayaking and freediving center but has since branched out to include standup paddleboarding and poker tournaments with local sea bass. Staff members happily help guests get fitted with the perfect-size gear and lend basic safety tips before their expeditions over and under the blue bay waters.
Newcomers to Nadine's Irish Mist might think that there's only one way to order a Guinness. Imagine their surprise when they peek at the pub's menu—they could opt for Irish nachos, covered in Guinness beer cheese, or bangers and mash served with the kitchen's signature Guinness gravy. That same gravy flavors the shepherd's pie, the beef and stout stew, and the country fried chicken. But if diners want their Guinness prepared classically—poured into a pint glass—the staff will happily oblige.
That said, there's far more than food and drink to be found at Nadine's. The calendar hosts an event for every day of the week, whether it's open-mic Tuesdays or trivia Thursdays. Live bands play during the weekend, and karaoke on Wednesdays gives patrons a chance to take the stage without sneaking inside someone's stand-up bass.
Born and raised in a Canadian igloo, Mark Moore has always felt a deep connection to the outdoors. It’s this connection that brought him to act on his love for adventure and meeting new people through offering kitesurfing lessons. Certified by the International Kiteboarding Association, Mark funnels his experience conquering waves in Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean into hands-on kitesurfing instruction at home, where he helps his students master their own wakes. During lessons, he accommodates each protégé’s learning speed while emphasizing safety and fun.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her team of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.