Painting with a Twist ushers group art classes into the grown-up world by pairing expert instruction with inter-student socializing and optional libations. Each session, taught by a local artist, walks students through the process of replicating one of more than 1,000 featured designs (upcoming classes explore such varied subjects as flowers, monograms, sunsets, and the rugged masculinity of Burton Gilliam). Whether perfecting an unusual perspective in the Looking Up course or immersing in the Three Poppies's petals, each session accommodates up to 40 people, all of whom are welcome to bring wine, beer, liquor, and snacks. Classes last two hours (a $35 value) or three hours (a $45 value), and a canvas, paints, and brushes are always provided, though students must bring their own alluring bowls of fruit.
Arming acclaimed Tallahassee chefs with professional-grade kitchen supplies, Pan-Handlers Kitchen extends their expertise in all things baked and flambéed to share saucy secrets with amateur Florida chefs. Choose from a wide variety of classes, ranging from bread making to pierogi stuffing, and pluck secrets from the well-seasoned brains of professional chefs. Demystify a stressed-out kitchen appliance with the Pressure Cooking 101 class, or learn the right romantic murmurs to melt the heart of the cute orange-next-door in the Local Jams and Jellies session. Each 90-minute meal-makin' meeting is limited to eight people and contains half hands-on demonstration and half lecture, to ensure an equal balance of fun and skill acquirement. Newly knowledgeable kitchen hounds will also get to sample the fruits of their instruction and will be given a take-home recipe card with room to scribble notes or limericks about baking powder, as well as a coupon for 10% off their entire purchase in the store, or 25% off any single item.
Midtown Pass appeases all those ravenous for music and tasty pub fare with regular live acts and a menu of flavorful wings, juicy burgers, and mouthwatering appetizer platters. Guests sup on feasts of tender chicken breast and nachos served until 2 a.m., all while watching live sports on the three projection screens and more than 20 TVs and enjoying games of darts or pool. Midtown Pass shows their hometown pride with walls covered with FSU memorabilia and a working scoreboard showing the score for the Seminoles latest game.
Creating A Scene's owner, Alaina Walker, works with clients to enliven indoor and outdoor spaces with custom displays of silk and live plants. The company's consultants arrange foliage and flowers into elegant centerpieces for weddings or other special events, and they can even supply plant party favors that guests can take home with them or devour on the ride home. The retail showroom mimics that of any other florist shop, save for the sheer variety of its inventory, which includes unique specimens such as pineapple plants. The company's healthy-plant guarantee ensures the longevity of purchases, and its plant-maintenance service sees the crew making regular return trips to local businesses to fertilize, water, trim, and polish rented plants and replace any that have wilted. Creating A Scene also donates funds through its Pick A Plant program, which awards 30% of each eligible purchase to a nonprofit of the customer's choice.
Stewardship Drycleaners lives up to its name. Each dry-cleaned shirt gets de-grimed with Vista solvent, made from biodegradable, nontoxic chemicals, and every laundered garment gets washed with Faultless by Nature detergent, to which the EPA has given its stamp of approval. Additionally, Stewardship Drycleaners offers plastic-bag and hanger recycling to reduce new production. Whether washing worn jeans, preserving wedding dresses, or adhering to its policy of only christening ships named The Steward, the cleaner keeps true to its moniker.
By day, Luxe and Laid sells quirky and customizable furniture and pillows, most of which are designed in house. Customers can take home bright, printed pillows or a monogrammed chair to ensure no one sits in your special spot. But once the sun sets, the studio transforms into a creative space where amateur artists can splash their personalities onto a canvas during art lessons while nibbling on cupcakes.