Referencing his 20 years of experience, skilled shutterbug Richard Maglievaz oversees digital-photography classes for artists of all experience levels. He ensures that whether they teach general classes for beginners or more specialized sessions covering lighting, aperture, or night photography, all instructors are field-tested and capable of being caught on film. Some classes venture out on field trips to such spots as the Houston Zoo, while others stay in the studio for technical lessons.
Lena LeDay painted her first pair of shoes as part of an idle hobby, revitalizing a worn pair into a fresh style. Her handiwork drew attention from friends, and then friends of friends, until finally she found herself overwhelmed with custom orders for her creations. As with the proverbial giving of a fish versus teaching to fish, she realized there was another service she could provide her clients. So, she started The Unique Slipper, where she teaches clients to paint and customize their own shoes, chosen from her personal line of five different styles.
Lena provides all the tools needed to customize any ready-made shoe in her shop—from paints to aprons—and invites guests to bring their own inspiration and favorite beverage. Lena and her welcoming staff uncork bottles and provide wine glasses. She spends much of her time hosting custom shoe parties, which provide original footwear and a creative outlet for up to 15 guests or 7.5 fashion-conscious quadrupeds.
Light pours in from the large windows at the front of Mosaic Mesa's studio space and spills across sprawling wooden worktables, creating an atmosphere that incubates students’ creativity. Here, artists of all skill levels invent inimitable designs with the help of bits of colored glass and tiles, which they use to create art in the form of a multihued cross or an ornate portrait of a heron perched at the edge of sparkling blue waters, pondering whether it’ll ever get to taste pizza again. A guitar bears the painstaking work of one artist, who blanketed the instrument in a glass pattern of maroon, deep blue, spring green, purple, and white. Both children and adults can benefit from class instruction as teachers lead them through specific designs, and the establishment's open-studio policy allows customers to work on any project outside the structure of the classroom.
Owner Jennifer Lushbaugh harnesses more than 30 years of needlework experience to alter or craft custom garments, blankets, pillows, and other home-decor goods. Designed for toddlers, her popular nap mats feature built-in pillows stuffed with hypoallergenic fiberfill, Velcro-tab closures, and shoulder straps for portability. Channeling her experiences working at a costume shop and designing wardrobes for junior-high theater performances, Jennifer also creates unique outfits from scratch and alters garments to better fit clients? figures. Customers also stop into Just Sew for personalized six-student classes that cover how to make pillows or replace a zipper.
At Spring Fitness Centers, friendly staffers greet members by name as knowledgeable trainers build personalized fitness programs. Trainers graciously dole out one free training session per month to each client, equipping athletes with the techniques and skills to successfully operate free weights and cardio machines without professional supervision. Memberships include complimentary childcare, unlimited tanning, and unlimited aerobics at each location. Like a spy's accent, classes vary by location, but may include cycling, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba.
Snap Fitness Spring equips its members with access cards that provide them access to gym facilities 24 hours a day. Exercisers can take to cardio and strength-training equipment no matter the time, following their own routines and schedules. The gym is staffed during business hours, when customers can revel in personal-training sessions or group classes such as Zumba. Members also receive access to online training, nutrition, and wellness services.