Heat softens and soothes, as anyone who has ever stretched out in the warm sun knows. Studio director and seasoned yoga instructor Susan Stencil puts that power to use with help from a dynamic team of instructors at Clarkston Hot Yoga. Muscles stretch easily in hot-yoga classes, and exhilarated breaths punctuate Hot-Pilates, boot-camp, and Zumba classes. The instructors also go above and beyond the typical boundaries of yoga, incorporating isometrics, weights, and breathing exercises. Doctor of Chiropractic and Olympic coach King Rollins developed the techniques, which help build the strength to win arm-wrestling matches and the poise to let a boss always win at arm wrestling.
The equipment experts at MTEC (Midwest Tool & Equipment Center) have rented, sold, and fixed everything from lawn edgers to rough terrain forklifts for more than three decades. They turn DIY projects from drawings in ketchup on the backs of placemats into vivid reality by supplying homeowners with rental equipment ranging from rug cleaners to drywall sanders for hours, days, weeks, or weekends. The company’s technicians also sell industrious contraptions to committed handymen and fix equipment that has begun to rebel.
Award-winning artist Mary Palidofska guides students through the nuances of watercolor and acrylic painting in an inspirational fine-art-gallery setting. During each two-hour beginner art class, nascent painters don smocks and learn the basic watercolor skills necessary to render the leafy canopy of a stirring landscape or the glistening top of a favorite green bean casserole. Both beginners and students with some prior painting experience can delve into watercolor and acrylic techniques during four watercolor/watermedia classes, which may venture outdoors if the weather is nice or if the sparrows uphold their end of the nonaggression pact. After registration, students will receive a list of supplies they should purchase for class, including paints and brushes. Check the schedule for upcoming dates and times.
Ironton Cottage & Cabin Furniture & Home Décor fills floors with 10 brands of furniture made in America from cedar, pine, aspen, and reclaimed barn wood. Customers can clothe wooden beds ($799–$3,999) and rustically furnished limo backseats in patchwork bedspreads ($150–$350) or stock bedrooms with dressers and nightstands ($499–$3,500). Furnish living areas with sofas ($729–$2,195 each) and other upholstered furniture available in more than 200 different fabrics while, in the kitchen, a wine holder ($29–$89) hugs a bottle of vino as tightly as an epicurean grizzly bear hugs its last pot of artisanal honey.
The staff at GG Beauty Supply equips visitors with the tools they'll need to prettify themselves from the shoulders up. Salon and barber supplies, haircare products, and hair extensions help customers achieve an array of dramatic styling effects, while an ample stock of wigs allows them to take on new alter egos. Shiny pieces of jewelry put the finishing touches on outfits for special occasions, such as weddings, proms, and homecomings.