At Paint with Flair, instructors kick down the barriers that traditionally stand between beginners and a paintbrush, starting by creating a comfortable environment. Couples on dates, coworkers looking to bond, or friends out on the town sip on BYOB drinks and snacks as they loosen up and get acquainted with the provided materials (classes for kids and non-drinkers are also available on the schedule). Teachers get groups chatting as they take them on a step-by-step walk through the brushstrokes, color selection, and witchcraft necessary to whip up their own fetching painting, whether it be a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or an original design.
Every graduate of The Premium Institute of Bartending Schools' 34-hour mixology program can count on one thing—being hired as an on-call bartender with Premium Event Staffing, a company that provides staff for private parties and corporate events. Like a pie-fight truce, this guarantee benefits everyone involved. Students get to earn income while they use the institute's job-placement services to find a steady gig at an affiliated bar or elsewhere. Premium Event Staffing in turn gets access to bartenders who have completed the mixology program and who know their way around a muddler.
The reason even the institute's most recent graduates are so comfortable behind a bar isn't that they're wearing footie pajamas under their clothes—it's that classes take place in such a realistic setting. Students work at a bar setup that includes bar guns, liquor bottles, and 14 types of glasses, and they learn to pour on a real draft-beer system. This hands-on approach also characterizes the four-hour introductory classes the school holds for people who wish to learn to make martinis, shots, frozen drinks, or other specialties.
Signature service: Painting Classes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: $5 Margaritas, martinis and wells
Canvas n Cocktails hosts painting nights at several different venues for kids, adults, and all-ages events. On Thursdays, aspiring artists can enjoy margaritas and martinis at Luna De Noche Tex-Mex Grill and Saturday afternoon classes head to
The Spaghetti Warehouse's patio for sangria and wine specials. There are other locations too, and even the art that students create varies: recent themes include a colorful owl and dreamcatchers. Canvas n Cocktails provides all the supplies, including paint, brushes, easels, aprons, and the canvas that you'll take home and model your home's entire interior design upon.
One helmet and two wheels are all you need to fulfill Lone STAR Bikers' mission of fostering skillful and safe motorcycle riding. At multiple locations, MSF-certified instructors impart fundamentals to students during motorcycle licensing classes, which cover classroom work and hands-on practice in a controlled environment. These lessons can be taken for both motorcycles and scooters, with Lone STAR providing bikes ranging from 50 to 492 ccs for students to practice on. While their licensing class is necessary for obtaining a Texas motorcycle license, the center also offers advanced classes for anyone who already knows how to ride a bike, but isn't sure how to safely place a baseball card between the spokes.
Guests at Cher Ewing's monthly PinTwist Parties do a lot of making. They make canvas art, they make wine bottle crafts, they make fashionable T-shirts, and they make one-of-a-kind jewelry. Most importantly, they make plenty of memories. Anyone is welcome at the Tuesday meet-ups, where Cher and company lead a group class on a project from their Pinterest board. Besides the public events, the company can bring their parties and supplies to a private birthday celebration, girl's night out, or bonding retreat, allowing the host to skip her traditional duties and just nap under the bed with the cat.