When conjuring up the image of a serious boxer, it's natural for most people to picture a brawny man who is dripping with sweat, missing his teeth, and wearing a prosthetic bee stinger. Striking Beauties' founder, Dena Paolino—pretty, petite, and powerful female boxer—wanted to change that. Knowing that many females felt out of place in the male-dominated sport, Dena spearheaded her all-female boxing gym in 2009 to introduce fellow women to the exhilarating and physically demanding sport of boxing in a uninhibited, comfortable environment.
At the 24-hour studio, electric-pink walls beam down on cardio equipment, free weights, and punching bags. Here, Dena and her staff of certified instructors lead the studio's signature boxing workouts, which have been praised by an abundance of media publications. In each session, coaches lead energetic rounds of intense exercises and boxing movements designed to tone muscles, strengthen cores, and slim physiques, as well as boost self-confidence and determination. The staff also strives to build a sense of community amongst members, cultivating a space where women can encourage each other and network.
ClubWest Dance Studio's instructors help students master social and ballroom dancing, whether they are beginners, moderately experienced, or already at ease on dance floors. Instructors adjust each 40-minute private lesson to the student's experience level while lavishing them with undivided attention to help skills and confidence blossom. If a student doesn't have a partner, the studio will provide another dancer or a robotic vacuum cleaner to practice the choreography.
During group lessons, students put the steps and timing skills they learned into action while following styles such as the rumba, the foxtrot, the cha-cha, and swing. Private lessons can be arranged at times that conveniently mesh with students' schedules, and drop-in group classes take place on most evenings Monday?Thursday. Beyond dance lessons, ClubWest's curriculum extends to dance aerobics, as well as a wedding program to help engaged couples prepare for the bride and groom's first break dance.
Head chef Casey D'Arconte, educated in the culinary arts by chefs in Holland, France, and the New England Culinary Institute, elevates morning fare to new heights with his distinctive take on diner classics using cage-free brown eggs and local grass-fed meats. Start off with an ultimate breakfast platter, which arrives with three eggs, two pancakes, choice of sausage, ham, or bacon, and ending with potatoes and toast. Four renditions of the traditional eggs Benedict strut across tables, including the Florentine, which comes topped with saut?ed fresh baby spinach. The Bananas Foster stuffed french toast is stuffed with cream cheese and topped with a banana brown sugar sauce and creates flavor explosions inside mouths at at all times of the day. The Breakfast place also offers a variety of gluten-free options that are all prepared on a separate grill. Visit their Facebook page to check out their list of rotating specials.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Sakura embraces the gustatory traditions of Japanese and Chinese cuisine by forging an eclectic menu with vibrant sushi, sizzling hibachi items, and classic Chinese dishes. The hibachi chefs combine showmanship, culinary skill, and fire-safety lectures as they dexterously shuffle chicken, steak, or seafood across a grill erupting with flames, creating toothsome entrees directly in front of their hungry spectators. Meanwhile, kitchen staffers drape double-cooked pork with a spicy hoisin sauce, and sushi-smiths artfully slice fresh, fire-retardant fish for each order of sashimi and roll maki in a cylinder of rice and seaweed.
Within the dining room, crimson walls sport such personalized decorative accents as a stenciling of the restaurant's name and a finger-painting of its business license.
Odessa Shoe Repair's skilled cobblers restore broken heels, worn-away soles, and other footwear maladies with quick turnaround times. Although shoe repair is their specialty, the jacks-of-all-trades don’t stop there. If a handbag is broken, they'll fix it. If a zipper needs replacing, they'll swap it out. If shoes need color, they'll dye them. If a key needs to be duplicated, they'll hop in a time machine and convince a scientist to clone it.
If nothing needs to be fixed or altered, customers can peruse Odessa’s shelves for name-brand shoes from high-quality brands such as Nine West, Birkenstock, and Clarks, as well as accessories such as shoetrees, shoe polishes, and laces. Customers can drop their pumps off at the store’s three locations, and Odessa also offers free pickup and delivery services.