For Heather Whitt, life sometimes got in the way of art.
And for others, the pressure of taking classes or buying art supplies seemed to be a persistent issue. When Whitt got the idea to open Stairway to Art, she managed to marry her love for creating things with the ability to share it and make it accessible. Providing all the materials and guidance, painting classes are held at different locations—often at wine bars, where students are encouraged to sip and paint—and all pupils will walk out with their finished piece after the class draws to a close.
Top Shelf Mixologist dispatches licensed and certified bartenders to serve guests at private parties, weddings, and other events. These bartenders draw upon decades of experience as they mix together a variety of cocktails and beverages from customer-provided liquor, creating classic drinks or working around a theme.
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
As competitive ballroom dancers and coaches of the ballroom dance team at Ohio State University, Alex Thomas and Josh Tilford believe any person can reach their dance goals in the right program. Together, they own and run Dance Tonight, whose network includes group and private instruction of myriad dance styles such as waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, and swing. Lessons can help even the slowest at foot become confident in their step as they absorb basic dance knowledge, prepare for special events, or escalate to amateur ballroom competitor status. The adult instruction is also supplemented by an extensive children's program, directed by professional instructor Danielle Moor.
Some music courses encourage new musicians to bang drums and play color-coded keys before ever encountering the instrument they intend to play. Not so at The Conservatory of Piano. All students play the piano (a real one, to boot) on their very first lesson. And not just kids. Adult lessons follow the same ethos, stressing the importance of reading music, learning music theory, and most of all, having fun playing lots of pieces rather than studying one piece to death. Beyond conventional lessons, students can also broaden their knowledge with courses focused specifically on composition and improvisation.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Travis Stewart is a successful musician, having scored multiple independent films and having music online with millions of plays. Travis is capable of not only teaching the basics - but also teaching more hard-to-find techniques such as virtual composing and scoring with virtual orchestras.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Students will need to provide their own guitar for guitar lessons - otherwise I will teach on my piano, and my computer for other lessons.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
During the day, Travis Stewart is a counselor that works specifically with youth with disabilities. Travis is very experienced in interacting with children and young adults, having a Master's Degree in professional counseling. He seeks to spread his passion for music as a part time music teacher.
What do you love most about your job?
I love music. I love creating music, playing music and listening to music. I love seeing people grow and flourish their music talents. I also enjoy the challenge of teaching people who think "I could never learn an instrument!" - I prove them wrong!