Signature service: Garden Coaching
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Espoma Holly Tone as an organic soil amendment.
Pro Tip: Have a plan of what to cover. Do you want design ideas or to have your plants identified?
The Hair Lounge houses a staff of color experts who impart precision cuts, coloring, and highlighting to clients ready for transformation. The salon’s hair services are amped up by the powers of Kérastase and Wella products, and each appointment begins with a thorough stylist consultation, so tresses start out at peace with their handlers.
In 2007, Pace Beattie had an inkling that his life was about to change. He had discovered hot yoga—a discipline that integrates meditation with rigorous exercise—and resolved to pursue it as his vocation. He saw this as a long-term vision; something he would do after retiring from finance and moving back to his hometown of Greenville.
Then, everything changed: In the eight weeks that bridged 2008 and 2009, he lost his job and his mother passed away. In the aftermath, he scrutinized his life and realized: The time is now. Pace enrolled in workshops and conferences, completing levels I and II of the Baron Baptiste teacher-training program. He moved to Greenville, recruited a team of highly specialized teachers, and opened Southern Om.
Today, having boldly charted his own path, Pace equips others to do the same. He fosters self-discovery through two styles of hot yoga: Southern 26 and Southern Flow, a form of power yoga in which students sweat out sweet tea. These classes serve beginners and experienced practitioners alike, incorporating modifications that support alignment.
Libations Bar School educates aspiring barkeeps with multiple levels of programs ranging from full licensing courses down to individual workshops designed for entertainment. In the "Drink This" series of fun, upbeat classes, amateur mixologists learn how to craft popular cocktails under the tutelage of Master Barman and Libations owner Jesse Dean. Along with imparting a mastery of bartending techniques and finesses, Dean dedicates his school's mission to promoting imagination and seeking out new, fresh concepts similar to the Prohibition-era breakthrough of actually drinking moonshine rather than pouring it over senators' heads.
Healthcareer Group's name says it all: the company sets clients on the path toward careers in healthcare. Its teachers do so by preparing students for national certifications in CPR, first aid, and medical administration through live, in-person workshops; they also train those who aspire to become pharmacy or lab technicians. Healthcareer Group is an affiliate of the National Medical Licensing Association and the National Healthcareer Association, and all of its certified instructors are experts in their respective fields.
First Class, Inc., is dedicated to short-term educational programs and has been serving up classes to D.C.-area adults for almost 30 years. Directed by Debra Leopold, the center provides a wide variety of classes in a wide variety of categories, so accountants can get in touch with their artistic side and artists can learn to balance their dwindling checkbooks. Each class is two hours along, unless otherwise stated. Learn to make soap, bath salts, and more ($39) for a cost-effective beauty regimen, or take Intro to Professional Voice-Overs ($45) and finally realize a dream of adding narration to Computer Beach Party. Online classes ($129 each) let potential pilgrims progress toward goals from the comfort of home, covering a range of topics from the ins and outs of grant writing to conversational French.