After mastering traditional group fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing and Zumba, instructor Sandy Pierani hungered for more rhythm. To fan her passion, she spearheaded her own program, channeling both her years of dance experience and her love of West African music. Her five-part workout engages the entire body, set to the lively beats of a world-dance medley. She produced original music, recording percussive tracks with West African, West Indian, and Latin influences, specifically designed to complement dance moves while discouraging sloth impressions. Today, she leads guests of all backgrounds and builds through her energized maneuvers, fusing strength training, cardio conditioning, and stretching into one-hour bouts of boogying. She modifies the steps according to each student's comfort level, leading them through the dynamic warm-up to the breath-centric cooldown at their preferred pace.
The seasoned chefs at Biwako Sushi, led by head chef and owner Andy Kwon, concoct a variety of traditional Japanese and Korean dishes, often experimenting with playful sushi arrangements. Rolls can be found laid out in neatly staggered rainbow rows, organized into the shape of a heart pierced by an arrow, or arranged as tiny dioramas populated with plants, sushi clusters, and tiny sushi traffic lights. Casual splashes of soy sauce and garnishes surround exotic and custom rolls, tightly wrapping ingredients such as tempura shrimp, masago, and eel.
The more than 25-dish menu also encompasses Korean meals such as kalbi, bibimbap, and tonkatsu, letting diners sample a range of flavors without having to stow away in a UN ambassador's luggage. When not crafting dishes in the secrecy of the kitchen, Chef Kwon teaches others the art of sushi-roll preparation in hands-on classes.
Owner Ken Fil and his clan of experts at Van Winkle Mattress Company work tirelessly to help their clients to get a good night's sleep. They carry mattresses from brands such as Corsicana, Sealy Posturepedic, and Sealy Embody, as well as futon mattresses from Wolf Corporation. Their large selection includes styles that run the gamut from firm to plush and memory foam to latex. In addition to standard sizes ranging from twin to king, Van Winkle takes orders for custom sizes and mattresses equipped with hyperspeed capabilities for optimum space exploration. Staffers also stock the showroom with home essentials including beds, headboards, futons, frames, and other accessories in addition to furnishings from brands such as Leggett & Platt and World Imports.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area?some indoor and some outdoor?takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96?100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom?never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.
After a decade working in the insurance industry, Heather Kierczak—the owner of The Loft, Massage Therapy—was convinced that there simply had to be a better way to do things. In that career, she had watched people deal with surgery after surgery or struggle with potentially addictive pain medications, and wanted in particular to find a way to help others to manage their pain. Soon, she discovered massage. Kierczak is now certified in massage therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial therapy, and lymphatic-drainage massage. She also uses hot stones to further enhance her massage treatments; in the stone therapy, she helps relieve tension using both hot and cold stones and projector slides of Stonehenge.
After having her first child, Rosa Lee had trouble finding a place that was equal parts play time for kids and chill time for adults. So in 2006, she took matters into her own hands and opened such a place. Rosa called her creation My Urban Toddler, a city-themed play center for kids and a welcoming, knowledgeable community for adults. Here, explorers aged 5 and younger can visit a firehouse, a market, a library, and even a theater for rounds of dress-up, story time, and puppet shows. Parents, meanwhile, enjoy various onsite grownup attractions, including classes and a boutique-style retail shop stocked with apparel, toys, and books.