Eager to assist home-improvement and upkeep projects, neatly arranged drills, garden hoses, paintbrushes, and other hardware sundries populate the shelves at family-owned Avalon Hardware. Stacks of mulch team up with rakes and watering cans to keep landscapes lush but tidy, and fluorescent light bulbs promise to emit steady, more sustainable light in homes. Customers can also swing by to grab gallons of PPG Porter paint, which staffers mix to exact specifications after a small sacrifice of crayons to a prism spirit.
Far from being an artist possessed, Patty Sisco derives the same benefit from painting as she does from a long bubble bath. "All you are thinking about is your brushstrokes, not your bills," she told the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch, speaking to the therapeutic value of her classes at Sketch and Sip. These sessions supply students of all backgrounds?including those who have never before lifted a brush?with canvas, tools, and a step-by-step demonstration on how to create their own vibrant masterpieces. As they work, Patty encourages her guests to imbibe drinks they've brought from home and plays serene music to prompt creative flow. She moves throughout the room to offer tips on technique and helps with corrections in case students? hands slip or they change their minds about adding a goatee to their horse portrait.
Though the classes, which have been featured on NBC's Daytime, are responsible for much of the studio's reputation, Patty also plans other community craft events. Each week on Wacky Wine Glass Wednesday, visitors embellish cups with fetching colors and patterns. Artists can even customize an image for their friends or family to paint during private parties, teaching children to color in SpongeBob SquarePants and encouraging coworkers to bond by sketching each other's staplers.
From the moment you set foot inside the garage, it’s clear that the technicians at K.O.B. Kustoms know how to give a car personality, without having to make it sentient by reciting incantations when the moon is full. Cars here sport brightly colored interiors, burnished rims, and customized sound systems by Kenwood, Crossfire Car Audio, and XS Power, helping customers to achieve the regal status of the business’s namesake—the King of Bass. Its creations have earned it widespread recognition, with features in several publications, including car-audio-focused magazines as well as more mainstream periodicals such as Forbes.
Jud Randall of Hyde Park Massage became a licensed massage therapist in 2005. Though he has received training in a number of modalities, his specialty is using deep tissue and reflexology massage to help relieve pain in backs, shoulders, and dorsal fins. Jud also practices Reiki, which encourages healing by balancing the body's energy flow.
Pain comes in many forms, and its causes aren't always obvious. Injuries sustained in an auto accident can lead to persistent headaches, and dozing off while trapped inside a giant mason jar can result in chronic back pain. Whatever the cause of your discomfort, the therapists at Back & Neck Pain Relief Center will help you find a solution. Licensed chiropractic doctor Nathan A. Jones doesn't just treat ailments where they manifest themselves in the body. Instead, he searches for their source and nips them at the bud with techniques that are as safe as they are effective. Massage therapist Jessica Andaluz joins him in relieving clients' stress with Swedish and deep-tissue massage strokes.