BarSphere Agency can transform any room into a lively, bustling bar, complete with mixologists clad in black button-downs and silk ties. Those mixologists transport their own portable bars and barware to the client's venue, then set to work pouring international beers, wines, and spirits and classic cocktails such as the mint-muddled mojito. Whether customers choose a pre-set menu or request custom drinks, the possibilities are virtually endless, since BarSphere Agency's owner also runs Victor’s Liquor store and can draw on the shop's vast inventory.
BarSphere Agency also operates a bartender-training school in which libations and learning go hand-in-hand. During training sessions, students learn to mix, muddle, and pour a range of drinks while simultaneously keeping events running smoothly. After completing the training, students receive a certification that enhances job prospects and allows them to demand that family members address them reverentially as "Bartender."
Closing the opportunity gap for middle-school youth—that’s what Higher Achievement, DC Metro is all about. The organization works to help all students, regardless of their circumstances, achieve their potential in school and beyond. To that end, rigorous after-school and summer academic programs impart Higher Achievement’s scholars with the confidence, skills, and character necessary to succeed. Youth in 5th through 8th grade work with mentors on core subjects such as literature, mathematics, and science, spending an additional 650 hours outside school on their futures. This academic work, which is aligned with state standards, combines with field trips to local colleges as well as high-school placement services and community-service opportunities. And the statistics speak. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement’s scholars advance to top academic high-school programs, 94% graduate from high-school on time (nearly double the rate of their peers), and 93% advance to college.
KNOW is a touring lecture series from four of the filmmakers at stillmotion, the Emmy-winning collective behind A Game of Honor and Old Skool Cafe. Justin, Patrick, Ray, and Amina lead all-day seminars that cover virtually every aspect of modern filmmaking, from conceptualizing a story to selecting the correct camera lenses to understanding the editing process. Besides feature-length documentaries, stillmotion’s portfolio includes commercial work, wedding shoots, and television miniseries, giving the artists a wealth of knowledge they use to help moviemakers in virtually any genre or field. Attendees may choose to attend just the filmmaking workshop or supplement it with a two-hour editing seminar, but everyone goes home with some combination of take-away materials, such as the filmmaking smartphone app SMAPP, the collective’s 370-page Field Guide to Filmmaking.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The largest cuff link retailer in the world and oft-featured in major publications, CuffLinks.com pairs lonely buttonholes with a vast selection of themed and decorative sleeve accoutrements. Cuff link offerings range from designer, such as the Loma gothic medallions ($150), and sports, such as the 2011 Super Bowl links ($60), to custom fittings. So as to avoid enthusiastic customers wearing cuff links and little else, CuffLinks.com also offers a complete selection of men's shirts, ties, and accessories, including money clips and bracelets for full-time and itinerant blingers. As a bonus, all orders more than $100 will receive free shipping.
The Strawberry Roth IRA and the Chocolate Tax Break are just two of the cocktails served at Finances Demystified happy hours, hosted by personal finance coach Dominique Broadway. During the events, also called "money parties," participants sip drinks and mingle, all while discussing personal finance issues and getting answers from experts that include realtors and entrepreneurs.
Dominique spent years at brokerage and personal finance firms, and her experience in money management goes back—way back. Even as a kid, she sold handmade bracelets to her friends and family, rather than just trading them for trendy pet rocks. Currently, Dominique strives to demystify the world of personal finance for the everyday person through her social finance events, which aim to break taboos around discussing money.