In 1946, Marion Feinstein opened the doors to her namesake dance studio. An accomplished performer herself, she drew on her experience as she began teaching students the art of dance in a small space above a drugstore. As Miss Marion’s studio grew, she, her instructors, and their students gained attention at parades, global competitions, and many other notable events. The school’s roster boasts impressive names as well: previous students, including Miss Marion’s daughter Sandi and studio director Lori Axelrod, have danced as Rockettes, and others, including Celia Weston and Andie MacDowell, have gone on to enjoy successful careers on stage and screen. Today, the school is housed in a larger studio, but still teaches dance disciplines with timeless dedication. A staff of skilled instructors, selected specifically for their compassion and skill, lead classes and discuss the difficulties of actually singing in the rain. Students of all ages flock to one of four large studios to learn classic forms, such as ballet and tap, and newer techniques, including hip-hop.
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Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
At Hearts of Clay's family-owned paint-your-own-pottery studio, patrons create their own works of art from glass, clay, and paint. During walk-in pottery painting sessions, guests bond over custom decorated coffee mugs, plates, banks, and more, while glass fusion classes produce colorful bowls and pendants. Meanwhile, during pottery wheel and clay hand building lessons, kids and adults alike learn to mold handmade pots and keepsakes from a simple pound of clay. After each finished pottery piece is painted and glazed, staff fire it in the in-house kiln before sending it home three to four weeks later for a clay piece, or a week later for a painted piece.
Independent licensed optician Steven M. Pitman personally designed Spec's Optical Boutique, filling it with a massive wall grid of designer frames and abundant mirrors and employs his more than 25 years of experience in overseeing every element of fitting faces with frames. He and his wife, Gwen, demonstrate their lens-crafting acumen and devotion to customer service by happily outfitting wearers who bring in even the most difficult of prescriptions. An on-hand designer helps to pair patrons with frames that flatter their facial shapes, sense of style, and inner child.
Scrapnesia prevents the past from fading away with a menagerie of scrapbooking materials lovingly curated by owner Evelyn Larsen. Inside the shop, shelves line the walls with a wondrous variety of paper ($0.60–$3), ideal for capturing runaway memories in a book-shaped prison for eternity, or until time pardons them by ending. Add decoration to cut-and-paste shards of dreams and remembrances with stickers ($1–$5) for every subject and event. Scrapbookers find a treasure trove of magazines ($5–$15) to use for inspiration in their creations, as well as albums ($15–$40) ready to bear the heavy burden of nuanced paper designs and nostalgia-induced tears.