All Fired Up! creates a casual, crockery haven where budding artists of any age can fashion their own earthenware masterpieces. Amateur Picassos first select from an array of paintable options ranging from picture frames and dinnerware, to mugs, platters, and bisque sculptures of the real Picasso’s ear. Guests can then select from a plentiful palette of ceramic-safe colors to customize a design, or call upon artistic aid in the form of stamps, stencils, and computer printouts. Dress up a dining table by decorating a plain oval tray with brightly colored flowers, or gift your mailman with a “world’s best milkman” tile before apologizing for your mistake.
Billing itself as "Reno's world-class sports spa," Sports West Athletic Club’s Spa of the West is designed to complement its athletic branch with skincare, nailcare, and massage services, and approaches beauty with a holistic, inside-out philosophy that incorporates health of the mind, body, and spirit. Under high archways and soft light emanating from wall sconces, guests can obtain a tan or wax. The Tuscan Wine Antioxidant Peel nourishes skin all over the entire body; heated basalt stones warm up the Tahoe massage; and makeup artists treat faces to expertly-applied cosmetics. Services are designed for men, teens, and couples, and Spa Journey packages bundle services inspired by specific locations.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s 1,660 coed fitness clubs grant members 24-hour secured access to weight and cardio equipment and sessions of group fitness. The locations in Reno showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Precor, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead group fitness classes or personal-training sessions customized to each exerciser’s ability and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff is always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.
Take 2 Performers Studio's industry-experienced instructors sculpt aspiring child, teen, and adult performance artists into models, singers, and actors with the skills and confidence to storm the stage and screen. The voice program chaperones students through pop, classical, or musical-theater singing styles founded on sound breathing, warm-up, and posture habits. By the end of each introductory course, students will be empowered to sing a full song before an audience containing at least one non-Beanie Baby member.
Licensed massage therapist Aric Shapiro makes friends with aching muscles and promotes deep relaxation by incorporating techniques from a wide range of modalities. During his signature massage, Aric spends 60 or 90 minutes convincing clients he will not sign their backs and introducing muscles to the deft strokes he combines from myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Aric also culls methods from his black belt in aikido, such as breath work and body alignment, to further alleviate pain and deliver muscles to a stress-free state. By tailoring each massage to fit the specific needs of the client, Aric can design his kneads to palliate the ailments of a wide range of conditions, from shoulder stiffness to dorsal-fin ticklishness.
With its gleaming marble demonstration counter, wooden cabinets topped with carved grapevines, and overhead televisions, the teaching kitchen at Nothing To It! Culinary Center would look perfectly at home on a film set. Instead, it sets the stage for the school’s master chefs to share the secrets to baking a flaky, golden pie crust or simmering a fragrant Moroccan stew with more than 500 students each month. Under the helm of Culinary Director, Chef Lara Ritchie, a graduate of New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont, expert gourmands constantly add new hands-on and demonstration classes to their already encyclopedic schedule. Budding Boyardees hoping for a comprehensive approach can take the eight-level techniques series, which starts with knife skills and finishes with advanced techniques such as rendering an emulsified aioli or soft-boiling an egg with telekinesis. Pupils interested in more specific, contained lessons join hot-topic sessions, which delve into gluten-free cooking or sausage making, or international classes that explore Lebanese cuisine’s spices or Spain’s rustic charcoal-fired meats. Over the holidays, the 6,000-square-foot center fills with apprentices who learn to craft seasonal edibles such as truffles or gingerbread houses.
Nothing To It! also feeds visitors feasts they don’t have to cook. Its Napa Valley–style Gourmet Deli layers sandwiches with lavish ingredients such as imported cambozola-cheese pesto and flavors salads with creamy curried-mango chutney.