Back in 1972, Pat Koelker and Nancy Wilds founded Aiken Center for the Arts in the hopes that it would become a haven for creatives of all stripes. Far exceeding their expectations, these days the center and studio offers a wide assortment of classes, a juried exhibition for artists of all ages, lectures, and even concerts. Kids' classes foster creativity in a variety of media, ranging from weeklong camps for children aged 4–13, to intensive study for high-school students, to six-week guitar classes for kids as young as 6. Meanwhile, adults can enroll in painting classes or drop in for a wine and canvas class, wherein they're challenged to not drink from the paint-water cup.
At Achieve Fitness, exercise goes beyond an extensive selection of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. In addition to these solo workouts, the gym also offers group fitness classes such as Zumba, a Latin-inspired aerobic dance party, and Les Mills's barbell-based BodyPump. A squad of personal trainers remains on hand to help clients zero in on specific goals, whether they'd like to lose weight or gain the strength to impress potential employers with a few pull-ups before the interview. Achieve Fitness also accommodates exercisers with kiddies in tow; members can park young ones in the nursery or Kids Zone to play, rather than arranging separate childcare for their workout.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s menu boasts a beefy bounty of classic American fare prepared hot, steaming, and packed with enough beefy flavors to stampede even the most ravenous appetite. Start out with a combo appetizer ($9.99), finding an edible equilibrium with three hand-breaded chicken tenders, three mozzarella planks, onion rings, and a cheese quesadilla with four dipping sauces, or dive into the beef end with the restaurant’s signature ‘O’ Brady Burger ($7.99), seasoned in a slumber bag of herbs and spices and topped with melted provolone cheese. Other eats include a half rack of St. Louis ribs ($10.99), available in Sweet Baby Ray’s, Sweet and Tangy, or Kickin’ Bayou BBQ sauce, and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sandwich staple, the Dubliner ($8.99), containing thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese. Fallen angels can attempt to reclaim the power of flight through consumption of a dozen boneless chicken wings ($9.59), available in nearly a dozen flavorful sauces.