At The Soap Factory, enthusiastic soap makers transform a handful of natural ingredients into more than 70 varieties of soap, each laced with skin-friendly ingredients and decorated with colorful stamps or elaborate carvings. During soap-making workshops, enthused, skilled instructors lead students through the essentials of crafting sudsers, including selecting a base such as natural goat's milk or glycerin. Then novices can belly up to the soap bar to mix and match a huge variety of dirt-baiting fragrances, such as plumeria, lavender, lime, or patchouli. Shop owner Dina Good creates her soaps with myriad patterns and themes, such as Berry Berry Swirl’s pastry-like flourishes or the Tie Dye bar’s whimsical splashes of color, and invites burgeoning designers to craft their own bars with their choice of embellishment, such as bright flowers, colorful polka dots, or detailed replicas of the Sistine Chapel. After class, duos can browse the massive array of intricately designed, handcrafted block soaps displayed on sawhorse tables, and pick a slice for each to take home for soothing sudsings. The shop balances utilitarian workshop décor with chic touches, such as a gray sofa atop a bright rug, potted orchids, and a bold-pink accent wall.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Besides being a sports-bar and grill, Peabody’s Billiard and Games racks up good times in the triangle of pool tables, dartboards, and foosball. Of course, the 70 TVs and on-premises liquor store don’t hurt either. Periodic all-you-can-drink happy hours and other special events take place every week, offering table athletes of all stripes an arena for friendly competition. Patrons might square off in the weekly beer-pong rally, or pit their psychic skills against each other in the weekly poker tournaments. All the while, the kitchen bustles into the night, preparing late night items using only the freshest ingredients such as the Southern-style fried calamari and Peabody’s signature wings in one of nine sauces.
The arts-and-crafts experts at You Do the Dishes, who have captivated the cameras of Fox 13 News, encourage visitors to channel their inner Van Gogh's while brushstroking pre-made ceramics. The studio equips guests with all necessary painting materials needed to enliven one piece of pottery (up to a $15 value) that can include a coffee mug, a jewelry box, or a dog bowl for using as a helmet during ping-pong practice. After painters embellish their masterworks with thoughtful words and colorful patterns, the shop's staff carefully glazes and fires each piece, which will be ready for pickup three to five days later. The studio's full-service coffee bar fills empty bellies with light snacks, hot coffee, and tea that fuel creativity more effectively than eating an original Andy Warhol painting.
Self-defense, self-confidence, self-discipline—these are the benefits gained during classes at Life Skills Martial Arts. Because programs such as tae kwon do and kickboxing require focus and dedication, students build character as they build fitness and real-world defense skills. Those benefits are valuable to those of all ages, so the staff at Life Skills keeps classes open to both kids and adults. As an alternative to martial arts, they also host calorie-annihilating boot-camp sessions.