The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools devoted to fostering individuality through personal client consultations, training in cutting-edge techniques, and encouraging students' artistic visions. Get a 60-minute facial to treat your frazzled facade to an hour of rejuvenation with Aveda advanced plant-care science. Or punish your insubordinate head by forcing it to watch as its below-the-neck counterparts luxuriate and refresh through one of three available body wraps: sea science, herbal science, or aroma with essential oils. All Aveda Institute spa services are performed by talented esthiology students, working under the supervision of licensed educators and using plant-derived, environmentally friendly Aveda products. Enjoy salon services from students with better results than your ill-fated manicure from a landscape architecture major with a trip to Aveda.
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.
The Woodlands Home Tutoring’s certified tutors arrive at clients’ houses, iPads in hand, to help students tackle various academic subjects. They can dispense tips and knowledge for improving performance on standardized tests, including the SAT and STAAR, and in school subjects such as language arts, math, and science. Many tutors have ESL experience or have worked with children with special needs such as ADHD or dyslexia.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, clean facilities, and certified personal trainers. Hop on a cardio machine, possibly including a built-in TV, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Facilities and classes vary by location; weekly classes include Zumba, BodyCombat, yoga, Pilates, group cycling, and lion punching.
Maximum Athletic Center's dedicated and experienced gymnastics instructors lead burgeoning tumblers ages 18 months through 18 years through routines that build strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance in a safe and supportive environment. Fledgling athletes of all levels cultivate skills and tumbleweed-stunt-double experience during one-hour classes once a week. Preschoolers engage in a meet-and-greet with the trampoline, the balance beam, the bars, and the matted floor, developing motor skills and self-confidence, and all ages discover buoyancy in trampoline classes as they bound across safe, in-ground trampolines. Girls and boys ages 5 and older can learn non-competitive gymnastics skills during developmental gymnastics classes, and those six and older can handspring into tumbling classes to learn how to safely flip across the mats and inconspicuously roll out of uncomfortable conversations. Check each location's website for class schedules.
Amid the brightly colored walls and chopping sounds of Zoom Zoom Catering, chefs cut and sauté fresh, local produce that’s acquired at farmers’ markets whenever possible. With that green, mostly organic bounty, they whip up catering-menu trays of salads and sandwiches designed to feed groups of up to 700. The chefs also work with clients to create custom menus for weddings or authentic Middle Earth–themed luncheons. Groups of children or adults are also invited to join chefs in the kitchen for cooking classes–which range from making pasta to barbecuing–and include practical guidance on the economics and nutrition of buying fresh produce.
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.