Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
More than 80 Elements Massage studios spread across the states, helping their massage therapists yearly knead more than 400,000 aching backs and counting, as plenty more locations are on the way. At each location, kneading experts with diverse backgrounds de-stress clients and ease their various kinds of pain, such as the ache that hasn’t gone away since one Halloween’s ill-advised piñata costume. Available modalities depend on the studio’s practitioners, but usually include Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage and may also include bodywork techniques such as myofascial release. For regulars, Elements Massage organizes a monthly wellness program.
Dedicated to making each guest look beautiful and feel relaxed, Miracle Spa offers luxurious services that primp and pamper guests from head to toe. Manicures and pedicures keep cuticles well trimmed while beautifying nails with vibrant color. Their massage services works out back-bound stress and facials cleanse skin with rejuvenating creams. The spa's salon caters to coiffures of all kinds, with a toddler seat tricked out like an airplane to accommodate little ones nervous about getting a 'do that makes them look a year older.
Though microbrewers celebrate limited flavor runs and regional ingredients, they still need much of the same equipment as the big brewers to concoct their craft beers. That's where The Cellar Homebrew comes in, outfitting winemakers, brewers, and cidersmiths with the equipment and ingredients needed to make their drinks. The store's owners––who boast more than 30 years of experience and a past line of fine wines––collect organic ingredients such as hops and yeast and sell them alongside fermentation equipment, keg systems, and cleaning supplies. They even offer one-hour on-location classes to instruct people in the basics of beer brewing. In addition to supplying items for alcoholic beverages, they also hawk basic supplies for cheese-, soda-, and vinegar-making, all of which go well over lettuce.
Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The menu at Tasty Thai & Pho organizes the restaurant's colorful creations into two categories: Thai and Vietnamese. Nearly 10 rice plates populate the Vietnamese portion, including com dac biet, a meaty mixture of grilled shrimp, shredded pork, Vietnamese meatloaf, and fried egg. The options get a bit spicy on the Thai side with Thai-style curries, though diners can scale back the heat by packing their cheeks with frozen peas or by ordering dishes such as the swimming rama peanut sauce. In that, they'll find their choice of meat—chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu—pan-fried with garlic and coated in a rich peanut sauce. As an added bonus, Tasty Thai & Pho shows gratitude to visitors who dine-in by including a house dessert with each entree.