Linda Wehrli has raw talent. Since age 5, she has re-created her world through drawings and paintings and has channeled her sense of self-expression through playing the piano, abilities that led her to study formally with instructors from Juliard and Cal State Northridge. Now, with her works hanging in private collections, Linda passes on her knowledge to students at Pastimes for a Lifetime.
She teaches students of all skill levels and ages—6-year-olds to seniors—to hone their creativity into life-like or abstract drawings and paintings. Her classes aim to build a foundation of aptitude in one particular medium, such as drawing with pen or charcoal or painting with oils or acrylics—and the necessary supplies can all be purchased at the on-site art shop.
Tapping into her musical talents, she also helms piano lessons, teaching students to read and play music. Her confidence-building approach helps beginners and advanced players alike become better musicians, and inspires those once spurned by a piano that wouldn't settle down to become reacquainted with their abilities. To further their studies, pianists can go home with a book she co-published with her husband.
Since 1992, Potato Corner has fascinated international crowds with its wholly customizable menu of crispy french fries, though franchises only broke ground in America during February of 2010. The new U.S. shops cropped up in places with lots of foot traffic, entrancing people with the scent of fresh-fried potatoes in malls, airports, theme parks, and at marathon starting lines. Potato Corner’s straight-, loopy-, and criss-cut fries come unadorned in their lightly salted glory, or they can be tossed in gourmet flavorings such as barbecue, cheddar, chili, and sour cream and onion. The shop has also expanded its repertoire to include baked potatoes, chicken tenders, and a butler who tucks cloth napkins into collars in order to sate customers in search of a full meal.
Before making his away across the country to own and operate Fleet Feet Sports' Encino-based shop, Trey Barnes developed a passion for running in his native North Carolina. Now, the avid marathoner and his team of dedicated gazelles help fitness buffs find the appropriate gear to match their routines and ability levels. By carefully accessing specific foot types and gait cycles, staffers can match customers with a brand-name solemate to cradle their feet during long jogs or power strolls, and a hearty stock of technical gear keeps men and women comfy in weather-appropriate attire. Meanwhile, the store's calendar of events stays up-to-date on races, marathon training, and fun runs.
At YoungYou Endermologie Center, the staff operates under a philosophy that by helping clients look good on the outside, they can also help them feel good on the inside. Clients who come for skincare services can choose from treatments meant to release toxins, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or promote cell regeneration—all promoting more supple skin. Among the options, a YoungYou’s restoring facial for men reduces the signs of aging and help curb ambitions for a future as a lumberjack. During Endermologie treatments, a machine lifts and massages the skin, helping fight facial aging or reduce the appearance of cellulite. The treatment’s suction and rolling techniques also help reduce muscle fatigue by treating lactic-acid buildup.
Part yarn store, part craft school, and part community gathering place, Stitch Café is a hub of activity for practitioners of the fiber arts. Every shelf is lined with a colorful array of yarns from makers such as Mountain Colors Yarns and Lantern Moon, as well as Stitch Café’s own line of hand-dyed yarns called Delicious Yarns. In the center of the shop, ornate tables and plush couches welcome knitters and crocheters to settle in, work on their latest projects, and trade tips such as ways to sneakily measure someone for a surprise sweater. The center also offers beginner and advanced courses that teach everything from basic technique to knit cables and fancy color work.
Each week, the 32 lanes at Pinz sparkle beneath the strobe lights and disco balls of Shake, Rattle & Bowl. When they’re not glowing or being incubated by confused chickens, the bowling balls can be hurled by visitors and league bowlers alike, rolling swiftly past the 10-foot video screens that line the alley’s far wall. Behind the scoring table, in the VIP billiard room, plasma TVs help to ensure that guests can play pool without missing critical sports moments or any commercials starring famous cats. And in the on-site arcade, players can enjoy more than 40 games including air hockey, skee-ball, and video bowling.