A poorly trained barista in front of a top-notch espresso machine is like an 8-year-old behind the wheel of a car—he has no idea the power before him, nor how to use it. That's why for just less than a decade, Bob Burgess and company have taught intense hands-on training programs that focus on crafting coffee, espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and mocha drinks using advanced techniques and equipment. From learning the life cycle of a coffee bean to mastering grinding methods, extraction techniques, and latte art, students walk away with a wealth of knowledge that makes them more employable. Like deeply unpopular one-man shows, the classes consist of one-on-one attention, since class sizes are limited to no more than seven participants.
Seattle Barista Academy's staff members—all of whom have been professional baristas at some point in their careers—have up to 19 years of experience in the field. These sessions provide clients with the coffee-making and marketing knowledge they need to grow their coffee cart, kiosk, or fort built from coffee beans.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Tucked into a two-story loft space, Mind Unwind is both an art gallery and a happening events space. Visitors can peruse the rotating art that cascades across the long stretch of walls or join classes such as cartooning or painting. Mind Unwind holds fast to its vision of becoming a collective for local artists, a community outreach organization, and a space for all types of performances. Visitors can also check out the on-site Treehouse Lounge, where they can indulge in beer, wine, sake, and small eats. A portion of all Mind Unwind event proceeds go to a non-profit that aims to reinstate art-education in schools.
Are you ready for a spectacular night out in Kent? Allegro Performing Arts Academy has just the theater you need.
For a well-crafted dish, be sure to visit the restaurant at this theater.
At this theater, kids of all ages are welcome.
Want to become a better dancer? Step up your game when you enroll in a class at Allegro Performing Arts Academy.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Professional racecar driver Don Kitch Jr. shows students what it takes to be in a car chase, from the tight turns to the close quarters. On his 2.25-mile track, he focuses on the most intense of driving situations: whether street survival skills or the sort of handling techniques that require a car as powerful as the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, which visitors can rent for their lessons.