Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
Neal Lieberman holds an M.A. in special education, as well as an M.S. in educational administration; but it wasn't until familiarizing himself with Swedish, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular bodywork that he found the hands on approach to wellness he'd been looking for. Today, Neal has been a licensed massage therapist for seven years. When not pampering clients with hot stone massages and reiki energy work at his private studio, he can be found spending time with his wife, his friends, and being read to in unison by his three pet cats.
The son of a Greek immigrant from the small village of Nostimo ("delicious" in Greek), Tommy Tsiros spent his youth surrounded by the aromas of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and olive oil—all of the essential ingredients in Greek and Italian cuisines. Tommy’s love for the homestyle dishes of his childhood led him to open his first restaurant, a downtown deli that soon became a popular lunch spot among locals. Though his 10 years at the deli established his reputation for delicious Italian fare, it was not until he left the deli and opened Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café that he was able to follow his true culinary passions.
Those passions are manifest in the dishes Tommy grew up with and that chefs now cook to perfection in his restaurant—dishes that include homemade spaghetti bolognese, grilled wild salmon, and veal piccata. Greek and Italian cultures contribute heavily to Tommy’s vision, and the balance between the two is apparent on the menu as well as in the warm staff and the togas draped across each table. No Mediterranean feast is complete without wine, and the café’s wine list proves its worth with a selection that has won numerous Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence.
The Social deserves its name, uniting friends old and new between its brick walls to fill social calendars as efficiently as it fills bellies. Any given evening, guests might find live music, comedy, or big-screen movie nights, and they can grab the microphone themselves at karaoke and open mic nights. In the kitchen, cooks busily craft hearty burgers, quesadillas, and sandwiches, and mixologists shake moonshine martinis and pull draft handles at the bar.
Her mother made the best carrot cake, her aunt specialized in German-chocolate cake, and her grandmother and godmother were each a jack-of-all-trades in the kitchen. When it comes to Rachel, she’s the family cheesecake specialist. She baked her first at age 11, and has been perfecting her recipes ever since. Today, she shares her classic, mini, gluten-free, and organic cakes at her shop, Rachel’s Delectables. She puts a contemporary spin on classic cheesecake to craft cakes that smack of pistachio, tiramisu, caramel apple, and even goat cheese. Individual servings come neatly arranged in mason jars, perfect for handing out at parties or tracing symmetrical circles. Customers can purchase the sweets online, at farmer’s markets, and at retail shops.
Wisconsin Dells encompasses Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River in the central part of the state, just northwest of Madison. The self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World" is known for its family-oriented attractions, including Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park, an indoor-outdoor water park with go-karts, indoor roller coasters, and more than 30 water slides. Wisconsin Dells also draws big crowds with its stunt shows, haunted houses, and boat tours. The downtown Dells area along the river is dotted with antiques stores, candy shops, and a Bavarian-themed village. At a handful of German restaurants, diners can polish off bites of schnitzel with swigs of lager as musicians perform glockenspiel covers of Kraftwerk. Just down the road in the town of Baraboo, Victorian buildings and quaint shops lie on the outskirts of Devil's Lake State Park, an ideal spot for rock climbing on the 500-foot bluffs.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.