"I like to break stuff and glue it onto other stuff. I would like to show you how." This is how mosaic teacher Heather Sarmiento describes her craft, and indeed, every single instructor has a unique story and style. Watercolorist Karen Hill grew up in Utah near the Rocky Mountains, and she's plastered galleries all over her native state with nature-influenced landscapes and still lifes. Oil and watercolor teacher Ed Slack favors nighttime scenes, much like Picasso's lesser-known vampire twin Pete. There's also a pottery teacher, a guitar teacher, and several other painting instructors, each of whom brings his or her own perspective to the classroom. Thanks to this diverse gaggle of artists, the studio's curricula range from casual, single-session Painting & Vino hangouts to technical six-week art courses. The studio also hosts parties and family nights, and its gallery features a diverse array of styles by teachers and other local artists.
While a cool breeze blows in off nearby Lake Rhoda, the friendly, Motorcycle Safety Foundation–certified instructors at Bluecreek Motorcycle Training Co. shout instructions over the clamor of engines revved by student riders. The academy’s fully enclosed riding range encourages beginners and experts alike to safely practice skills, such as stopping, turning, and swerving—all with the help of the seven men and three women who make up the teaching staff. Courses also incorporate study time in spacious, air-conditioned classrooms, where students commit laws and road signs to memory instead of sticking post-it notes on the inside of their helmet visors.
Exercise enthusiasts Annie Garland and Lori Melchior founded Epic Ryde to provide indoor cyclists with an experience that rivals that of outdoor cycling. Their modern facility recreates everything but the wind in riders’ hair, with bikes positioned in stadium seating in view of Sloan's Lake and immersive widescreen video of outdoor scenes. Completing the scene are RealRyder ABF8 stationary bikes, whose articulating frame allows riders to lean from side to side to simulate turns or demonstrate extreme swagger.
Epic Ryde’s facility also incorporates TRX training, which uses resistance from suspended body weight and gravity to give exercisers a full-body workout. A team of certified instructors teaches the array of classes, which include Mountain Ryde and Epic Mix, a combination of cycling and TRX training.
With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.
Mile High Drives shares its passion for supercars with fellow adrenaline seekers, compiling an impressive collection of rare and high-end sports cars. The staff wants other drivers to feel the supple, red-and-black custom seats of a Lamborghini Gallardo, feel the grip of a brand-new 20014 Corvette Stingray as it takes corners, and experience the powerful acceleration of a BMW M5, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds—the same time it takes to dry wet hair in a Porsche Boxster convertible. Mile High Drives is forever improving its fleet for maximum performance, ramping up horsepower and modifying exhaust systems for optimal revving. In addition to rentals, the crew offers chauffeur services that allow passengers to arrive at events in style.