Although Pins and Needles opened in 1988, its staff has more than 150 years of sewing experience. The three locations are run by the Brostek family, where they lead classes and stock a wide selection of sewing-related products.
"People want to create. They want to make memories," the shop’s cofounder, Jan Brostek, told the Plain Dealer. And Pins and Needles helps them to do just that with classes and workshops in quilting, sewing, and embroidery. Elsewhere technicians speedily repair and maintain nearly all makes and models of sewing machines from brands such as Pfaff, Brother, Baby Lock, and Janome.
Songdog Music likens learning an instrument to baking—it requires following steps sequentially, honoring precision and timing, and mixing all the right ingredients together. It's a science; it's also a passion and an outlet for extraordinary self-expression. Songdog's instructors keep all those ingredients in focus when teaching personalized lessons in guitar, violin, and virtually all stringed instruments. They keep lessons low-key and focus on the kinds of music students want to play, be it rock, rhythm and blues, metal, or classical. By focusing on the music that students are interested in, instructors not only teach technique, but they give budding musicians the freedom to create their own original tunes. Songdog also offers classes in composition and theory, as well as group classes that give musicians the opportunity to mingle and meet others with similar ambitions.
At Augusto Fine Art, students of all ages tap into their artistic potential with the help of Augusto C. Bordelois. The professional painter and muralist teaches classical art classes in a variety of styles, including drawing, painting, and watercolor. To help artists take their skills to the next level, he offers art career coaching and portfolio review services.
Whether it's for a date, a hangout session with friends or a family night, Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea is a place people of all ages and tastes can have fun.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Although professional instructors oversee every class at Art with a Twist, students have ample room to be spontaneous, creative, and unrestricted. The staff of seasoned artists guides pupils of all abilities through canvas paintings, ceramics, and collages, inviting participants to socialize and sip on their own drinks during sessions. During holiday seasons, special themed classes include designing Christmas stockings or carving Halloween pumpkins. During Bark Art classes, the staff stocks the studio with biscuits, and allows students to bring in and paint pictures of their own dogs or roommates they've convinced to dress in dog suits.
Dustin Oliver has served as the choir and drama director at Akron North High School and the fine-arts director at Celebration Church, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a performance. Add to that nearly 15 years practicing the guitar, nearly 20 years honing his piano and voice skills, and at least a few minutes humming the theme to M.A.S.H., and it becomes obvious that this artist is a multi-talented whiz. An accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Southeastern University, Dustin is earning his Master’s in theatre from the University of Akron, making him a veritable double threat and a valuable resource for aspiring musicians and actors. When not adding to his own skill set, he leads private and group music lessons in guitar, piano, bass, and voice for students ages 5 and older—as well as private and group acting lessions—following well-established curricula.