While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
The seeds for Famous Hamburger were planted in 1970 when Feisal Hider?s father gathered his family, left the United States, and returned to Lebanon with the intention of opening the country's first American-style burger shack. This humble shack became a popular attraction, which prompted the name change to Famous Hamburger and cemented a family legacy that would follow Feisal back to the United States. After returning to America, he eventually opened the first stateside Famous Hamburger in 1998, and founded a second location a few years later.
As its name implies, Famous Hamburger specializes in classic American cooking. Burgers arrive topped with everything from portobello mushroom caps and pesto sauce to habanero peppers, hot sauce, and sliced jalapenos. Banana splits and milkshakes reinforce the American theme, appearing alongside the menu's assortment of wraps and melts. The Hider family doesn't neglect their Middle Eastern roots, though. The chefs exclusively use halal meats, which arrive daily and never see the inside of a freezer, and prepare dishes such as falafel pitas and fattoush salads. Furthermore, the restaurants are attached to hookah lounges where guests can relax after their meal and savor one of the more than 30 shisha flavors.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Frustrated by the water spots and numb fingers left behind when staffers towel-dried cars during cold Michigan winters, Classic Auto Wash invented a drying system of its own. Now adopted by other car washes across the country, the Hurricane Drying System blows damp cars with 165-horsepower winds at three million BTU, creating the perfect temperature to evaporate water droplets while affixing clay replicas of Jaguar ornaments to the hood. Before relaxing beneath the heat of the dryer, cars first roll through wash tunnel where nozzles spritz exteriors with Rain-X, rust inhibitors, and Teflon bonds during an array of washes. Ten self-serve vacuums stand ready to collect indoor detritus after each wash, and nearby mat-washing equipment ensures equally fresh footfalls.
Begun as a plucky family-run shop more than 15 years ago, Benedict's Flowers brightens the lives of customers with a special focus in creating beautiful arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries. Like Manet's Dogs Drinking Absinthe, each bouquet is a work of art born from nature's most beloved organisms, enticing olfactory lobes and eyeballs with the sweet smells and bright colors of long-stemmed roses, blue hydrangea, and delicate lilies. In addition to expressing moving sentiments through floral masterpieces, Benedict's rings in special occasions with gourmet fruit baskets and fleets of colorful balloons.
The staff at Martinizing Dry Cleaning apply top-notch cleaning techniques to clothes and dispense their extensive knowledge to all customers. Get suits, dress shirts, and down jackets cleaned and dried, or have the cleaners sweep away stains, sweat, and teddy bear-size shoe prints from a comforter. Raincoats can find reprieve from damp days, and down coats are aired out and aptly prepped to face snowy ahead. The employees at Martinizing ensure garments return to customers soft, clean, and smelling fresh.