Manned by master artist Jana G. Gambrell, Palmetto Paint & Pour outfits its guests with all the necessary tools to channel their creativity into original paintings. Jana hosts BYOB paint parties for any occasion inside her studio or at the client's chosen locale, steering her pupils through easy-to-follow brush strokes that result in an acrylic opus. Her open-studio hours also allow attendees to compose their artwork in a more freeform setting. Jana welcomes patrons of all ages and artistic backgrounds, from complete beginners to professional American Gothic reenactors.
A destination for paint-your-own pottery, The Pitter Platter is a place where visitors are free to express themselves, whether it's decorating a mug or painting a colorful canvas. Welcoming students ages five and up, the studio's shelves are lined with raw ceramic bisques, ranging from plates and bowls to heart-shaped boxes. During the summer, kids can fend off boredom and lingering textbooks during daily art classes that keep children engaged and occupied with a host of art projects.
At Iron and Grace, butterflies can emerge from their corporeal cocoons in kettlebell and Pilates classes that help to build strong and balanced bodies with an emphasis on functional-fitness training. The kettlebell program’s full-body exercises exemplify this approach, eschewing repetitive movements in favor of motor-recruitment patterns centered by the iron cannonball. Kettlebell exercises work the entire body as students hoist and swing them by their attached handle, increasing both cardio and muscular endurance and helping to make everyday tasks such as bicycling and climbing corporate ladders that much easier. Instructor Chad Sexton holds four-hour training sessions a week for small groups of six students or fewer, teaching them the essential moves of his beloved discipline before guiding them onward to the gym’s more advanced kettlebell classes.
Goins Dancing's experienced instructor Kathryn Goins coaches children and adults in varied shimmying styles, leading classes in ballet, tap, clogging, jazz, and hip-hop. Sessions for 2- to 5-year-olds are more freeform, whereas school-aged children focus on technique as well as dance as fun self-expression. Adults can hustle in hip-hop seminars that double as cardio workouts, and tap and clogging lessons impart the most proficient methods for disrupting earthworm book clubs. Goins Dancing's small class sizes ensure that students receive individual attention tailored to their needs as they perfect their rug-cutting skills.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.