Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
The technicians at Element Computer Repair keep Windows and Macintosh computers, tablets, and smartphones performing optimally with repairs and upgrades. They service Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and other platforms, removing viruses and updating software, and they can also fix broken smartphone screens. Tune-ups, virus removal, and re-imaging sessions include complimentary hardware cleaning and system updates.
In an era when back-to-basics workouts have rapidly reemerged, Evolution Group Fitness looks to the time of the caveman for inspiration. During its signature Caveman Training class, instructors create routines that blend strength and cardio for a powerful, challenging workout. No two classes unfold the same way, which means muscles never settle into a comfortable homeostasis. The fitness center also offers personal training, sports-specific workouts, and seminars such as self-defense and workplace safety.
Speaking Spanish is second nature to Lima, Peru, native Doris Griep. She not only spoke it every day in her homeland until relocating to Minnesota in the late '90s, but she also earned a master's degree in Spanish education from Bethel University a few years after moving. After teaching Spanish to private-school students for more than a decade, she decided to revive El Gato con Botas Learning Center, a preschool and kindergarten care center inspired by one she successfully ran in Peru.
But it's not a typical daycare—caretakers mostly converse with kids in Spanish (about 90% of the time). And by incorporating the foreign language into art projects, singing, dancing, and educational cultural activities, they foster an understanding of it in their students, preparing them for speaking it later in life.
Business school might not be the first place you'd imagine a massage therapist earning a certification. Ever since graduating from the massage therapy program at the Minnesota School of Business, however, Sherri Anderson has used her kneading know-how to relax countless achy muscles. Versed in myriad modalities, including Swedish, sports, and hot-stone massage, the certified massage therapist incorporates whatever techniques best treat each client's needs. Besides decreasing soreness, her massages help lower blood pressure, increase posture, and improve range of motion more effectively than transplanting your brain into Stretch Armstrong. Sherri works as part of The Circle of Healing Arts, a wellness cooperative whose other services run the gamut from life coaching to reiki.
It may seem like a bold claim, but the skilled staffers of Storchak Cleaners are fairly confident they can clean any item of clothing. Armed with quality cleaning solutions, the expert dry-cleaners gussy up thick wool sweaters, fuzzy fur coats, and glamorous silk kimonos, taking extra care to spot-clean stubborn stains. They also clean and restore elegant wedding dresses before placing them in special acid-free boxes for safekeeping. The versatile cleaners even take on stuffed animals, carefully deep-cleaning the fluffy toys.
In addition to dry-cleaning, the professionals extend their expertise towards laundry, alterations, and shoe-repair services. They offer pickup and delivery, happily trucking loads of clothes to and from homes, offices, or underground cave fortresses of crime-fighting.