What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are an affordable studio offering many classes across different genres in one location.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide all materials. Students bring their creativity and a great attitude!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We wanted to offer an affordable solution for enrichment classes to families with with children.
What do you love most about your job?
I love working with kids and seeing their creativity flourish!
Professional photographer Leslie Wilkes captures important moments in clients' lives, whether snapping shots of a newborn or cataloging a wedding. When shooting for events, he takes pictures prolifically, providing clients with a disk of all the high-resolution photos afterward.
When Aundrea Goodwin was five years old, her grandmother plopped her into a kitchen chair by the stove, put a spatula in her tiny hand, and taught her how to scramble eggs. This was Ms. Goodwin’s first introduction to cooking, and she hasn’t slowed down since. For the inveterate chef, food isn’t merely the high point of every celebration, but often its raison d'être. To that end, Ms. Goodwin meticulously arranges lavish spreads for gatherings that range from elaborate weddings to jousting matches between the groom and father of the bride.
Although Ms. Goodwin’s recipe book is bursting with notes, her kitchen cupboards are bare. Rather than stockpiling ingredients, she buys a slew of fresh ones for each client’s event. “You’re never gonna find us going into the freezer and pulling out something we’ve had for even a week,” says Ms. Goodwin, whose catering company offers no pre-set menus. Instead, she bases meals on in-depth consultations with clients where they discuss their budget, favorite foods, and event themes.
In addition to catering, Ms. Goodwin shares her culinary expertise with aspiring chefs of all ages during cooking classes. Like her catered events, classes are highly personalized: customers can opt to cook in the comfort of their own homes or at Joyful Provisions’ demo kitchen, where small classes gather around a six-burner gas stove or recently fired cannon for private, in-depth lessons.
Shane Hunnicutt started Superman Cooks with a simple idea: great cooks don't need state-of-the-art kitchens to create awe-inspiring dishes. That's why he teaches students everything from classical knife skills to the secret of baking up a soft soufflé within the comfort of their own home kitchen. His inspiration for starting such as business was as straightforward as it comes. "I enjoy teaching people to cook," he says. "[I like] meeting new people and sharing my passion."
During his classes, he covers food preparation, knife work, special techniques for certain dishes, and the various methods for heating of food without relying on the microwave or laser vision. After teaching people how to make gourmet eats, he takes his leave, wandering off into the night to go help another family. He receives many accolades for his work, with one client even telling him, "That was the experience of a lifetime."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: No parking
Most popular offering: Culinary Education
Pro Tip: I am classically trained and have been in the industry for 18 years.
Renee's Groove Room welcomes guests of all fitness levels to partake in upbeat Zumba dance classes, Vinyasa-flow-yoga sessions, and kickboxing and fitness classes. Without burdensome membership fees or long-term contracts, visitors are free to drop in for classes of their choosing.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Evening paint classes
Pro Tip: Relax and enjoy
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Q&A with Amy, Owner/instructor
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We teach you how to use the brushes and the techniques used to create the paintings. The owner is also an instructor who holds a bachelor's degree in education. Also, we are not a franchise.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I just loved art...and working for yourself offers more freedom of expression.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Walk-ins are welcome for classes that are not full. If they are full, walk-ins cannot participate. If there are no registrations, class will not be held.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
A customer left the studio and had her painting purchased right after she walked out the door. It was her very first painting and she has been back every month for the past three years.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I get to do art every day.