Cofounded by Dawn and Joe Mader, an accomplished artist and a trained musician, respectively, Studio 915 welcomes all levels of artists into its charming, historical space with a range of classes and workshops. During sessions, experienced instructors dispense wisdom on topics such as drawing, painting, and alphabet-soup short stories, and students leave with finished works. Masterpieces from 20 local artists and craftsmen adorn the studio's hardwood floors, creamy drywall, and exposed brick, forming an inspiring hangout for culture-lovers and stonemasons. Organized events take place in the gallery space throughout the year.
In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
At Underwater Connection, southeast Wisconsin’s only PADI five-star instructor-training center, an award-winning course director and a team of skilled instructors educate both undersea novices and emergency-service professionals in the art of scuba diving. Following safe, low-stress basic diving courses in a pool, teachers and students move to the open water to cover techniques that include rebreathing, underwater videography, and recovering toy-boat wrecks from flooded bathtubs. Underwater Connection provides all equipment for classes, relying on its factory-trained equipment mechanics and Aqualung Master Technician, who refill tanks and do in-house repairs on gear from brands such as Dive Rite, Poseidon, Oceanic, Aqua Lung, and Scubapro.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We Paint provides a unique bonding experience for adults and their children through art and play. After our instructors help you and your child create your very own masterpiece, both adult and child get a wristband to stay and play together.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We Paint provides the paint, canvas, easels, aprons, brushes and a fun, unique experience. Just bring your smiles… and socks!!!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have four daughters of my own. They grow up WAY too fast. I wanted to create a platform for other parents to spend time with their kids in a creative, fun, and engaging manner. Not only will you have a beautiful painting to take home together, the bond you create will last a lifetime.
What do you love most about your job?
My children teach the painting portion of the event with me! My family and I can't wait to paint and play with you and yours.