Since 1964, Guitar Center has paired musicians with guitars, keyboards, drums, Pro Audio gear, and necessary accessories, including DJ and recording equipment to capture newly made melodies. An iPad music-stand adaptor ($39.99) connects an iPad to a music stand, allowing musicians to access online programs and music apps on-stage, or to publicly dedicate a song to their online Scrabble partner. A clip-on tuner ($29.99) keeps notes pitch-perfect, and Guitar Center’s array of sheet music produces a wider variety of sounds than singing from a thesaurus, with options that include the C-surfing The Real Blues Book ($31.49). Stitch tighter harmonies by threading notes onto Slinky guitar strings ($3.79), or use the value of today's Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as the Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar ($169–$179.99). Guitar Center rounds out its collection of gear with Pro Audio and DJ equipment, keyboards, and drums, allowing every band member or solo cymbal player to stock up on their chosen form of expression.
Tia Harris, a mother and a Montclair resident since 2008, couldn't have predicted that an activity she enjoyed as a relaxing hobby would later become her full-time career. She was laid off from her previous job in 2011 and found herself turning to beading as a stress-reducing creative outlet. Embracing her entrepreneurial spirit, Harris decided in 2012 to open TiaMarie Beading Studio, where she shares her passion with other jewelry enthusiasts. She told Barista Kids that "We are striving to create a sense of community and a fun place for creative ideas to come together."
To accomplish the studio?s goal, Harris handpicked her team of multitalented instructors, which includes a former interior designer, a certified fine-arts teacher and writer, and a graphic-design expert. In addition to teaching classes, the friendly crew regularly hosts birthday parties and girls' nights out, where ladies can learn the art of wire wrapping?one of the oldest known jewelry-making methods next to training cobras to coil around your wrist.
Though she's been a professional artist for more than 25 years, April Tracey's career began with a momentous decision. After receiving her BFA from Queen's University, April was accepted to the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design. However, she instead decided to strike out on her own, launching an art gallery, supply store, and school. Now she offers her discerning eye to students through critique services. April pores over pieces in all mediums, offering compassionate criticism in person or via Skype, email, or messages hidden behind the work's frame.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags.
An acclaimed online shop, LittleGifts honors man’s best friend—and a few of his other pals too—with a slew of pet-themed gifts and accessories. Dog lovers can choose their favorite breed—from fluffy shih tzus to honorable great danes—to emblazon on their item of choice, be it something big, such as an umbrella or garden flag, or something discrete, such as a magnet or a baby’s forehead. Beyond canines, the shop carries merchandise modeled after more than 20 other animals including cats, turtles, and even turkeys. Pets can get in on the action themselves, thanks to sparkly charms for their collars and wag tags marked with titles, such as "boss," "flirt," and "best in show."
Creative Knitworks imparts the know-how of the needle-wielding arts to knitting newbies and pros, tailoring both group and private lessons to needle-crafters’ aspirations. Soak up undivided attention and in-depth discussion of projects tailored to your knitting level in 90-minute private lessons (a $50 value per lesson), or opt for a convivial community atmosphere in open-topic or drop-in group classes (a $25 value per class). Two-hour open-topic sessions, held Mondays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m., cover everything from basic knitting and crochet techniques to fashioning a doily big enough to cover your car. Drop-in sessions let students pick their own subjects to tackle between 10 a.m. and noon on Sundays, such as starting a first sweater or mastering difficult stitches. You may also choose to mix and match, taking one private class and two group classes.