Breakthrough Fitness Center keeps minds and bodies in tune and toned with a full schedule of active group-fitness classes led by energy-laden instructors. Yoga sessions stretch limbs and soothe stress by emphasizing deep breathing and core balance. Pedal past virtual plains and digital hills in spinning class, a stationary cycling tour that mobilizes the cardiovascular system into its own spandex-clad road-racing team. Pilates is a core-strengthening regimen that aligns and firms the body. All classes are helmed by the motivational prowess of a highly trained teacher, letting students experience the benefits of an animate instructor instead of a treadmill with eyes drawn on it.
In 2012, Park Plaza Cinema made the conversion from reel to digital projectors, which WTOC chronicled locally. "It's a sad day. It's a historical day," Lucie Mann, who owns the theater with her husband, Larry, told WTOC. The digital conversion has not been the only upgrade at Park Plaza. The new Parlez-Vous Lounge and Ciné-Café invites guests to relax on its cushy benches or barstools for housemade ice cream or gourmet pizza or wings. Select beers and wines are also available. Along with its regular rotation of Hollywood blockbusters, family films, and arthouse cinema, the theater also organizes movie clubs and hosts a weekly movie-discussion group with a film critic.
Wood-trimmed walls accent the mountain-lodge-like atmosphere at this Hilton Head pub, where you can settle in for any of 36 draft beers crafted by breweries including Yuengling, Magic Hat, and New Belgium. The Lodge's cooks whip up an array of hearty eats ranging from massive double burgers to tater tots smothered in spicy ranchanero sauce, and then serve them in classic pub-style baskets. Feel free to sip a beer and eat while seated at the bar or a table, or place a candle and a vase of flowers on one of the billiards or shuffleboard tables.
Harbour Town Toys, a store as fun as its inhabitants, welcomes kids and their parents to play with a train set, felt food, and dollhouses. A friendly staff member stands by to answer questions and do the robot while kids load up plastic dump trucks or sit around a little table set for a tea party and discuss how to leverage the current lemon shortage for the highest profit margins at their lemonade stand. The shop shelves Playmobil, Melissa & Doug, and Corolle and is always bringing in new items to keep imaginations growing and choices fresh.
Knickknacks, trinkets, and trifles parade through Mingles, a small, family-owned shop that has carved out a prominent niche on Hilton Head Island. Since 1983, local owner Sandy Toomer has handpicked items and customized orders to keep the shop's shelves rife with unique and otherwise hard-to-find goods. Home accents—such as plates, tapestries, and wall art—share space with handcrafted pieces, including ornaments and jewelry from local artists. Mingles also carries seasonal items, from Christmas and Halloween novelties to gold-dipped flyswatters to celebrate World Mosquito Day.
Frosty's Italian Ices & More satisfies sweet cravings with a bounty of handmade italian ice, ice cream, and fudge. Frosty's cheerful exterior includes large windows, which allow guests to peek at the shop's sugary treats. Once inside, diners can nibble on hunks of creamy milk-chocolate fudge with almonds or fill bowls with glistening blueberry, pineapple, or strawberry italian ice.