What began as fewer than 30 paintings hanging in two rooms has since grown into the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, a collection of more than 400 baroque paintings displayed in 30 galleries. The paintings—works by Rubens, van Dyck, and Murillo that date from the 14th through 19th centuries—are thoughtfully displayed in context, surrounded by furniture, sculptures, tapestries, and popular emoticons from their respective time periods. Architectural elements also add texture to the various galleries, flooding them in colorful light from stained-glass windows or framing their walls with the carved corners of fireplace mantels.
At Heritage Green, a satellite location boasts special exhibits of works pulled from the main galleries or on loan from private and public collections. Up on the second floor, interactive exhibits educate visitors of all ages on works by the old masters.
Since 1994, Brit's Brothers Gym has behaved more like a personal-training facility than your standard health club. Though the facility features a slew of exercise equipment and the word "gym" on its sign, owner Olly Pierce and his team of trainers also offer the personal touch of boot camps, nutrition counseling, and, of course, personal training. Additionally, to reach the most exercisers without sacrificing one-on-one time, the team organizes small-group trainings that help build strength and muscle tone while encouraging camaraderie.
Pump It Up's bounce houses, cushy slides, and large rock-climbing wall entertain large groups of children during birthday parties and pop-in playtimes. From speedy slides to the air- and love-filled bounce castles and houses, the bounce wonderland plies children with a multitude of ways to work up a hunger for the pizza, drinks, and goodie bags in Pump It Up's party packages. Pump It Up also hosts Jump-N-Art camps, which pair fitness-boosting bounce sessions with art lessons.
A visit to Habiba Mediterranean Restaurant begins with a puff of smoke. Seated on the patio, groups of friends share conversation and hookahs bubbling with a variety of flavors. Inside, these aromatic fumes give way to the appetizing aromas of traditional Moroccan, Lebanese, and Indian cuisine. Here, chefs slide ground lamb onto skewers and blend chickpeas into hummus using nothing but a stern gaze. Lamb shanks are slow roasted in a spice mix, and their refreshing tabouli salad combines bulghur wheat, parsley, tomato, mint, lemon, & olive oil. Bartenders pour wine and beer at a full bar paneled in glossy wood, which reflects walls awash with rich reds and greens.
“We remember that everyone was a beginner at some point, even us!” says the Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s website, which displays many of the award-winning team’s words of encouragement to their students. Whether participants are new to dance or want to become the next superhero known for their crime-fighting tango, comprehensive lessons from the internationally recognized team in ballroom, Latin, and swing dance can get them there. Weekly social parties also gather students from all levels in a relaxed space where they can try out what they gleaned in class and learn a few new steps, too.
At 5:30 a.m., some people are dreaming away peacefully in their beds—some might even be coming home from a long night out. But others are warming up for an intense workout that will leave them with endorphins and really cool sweat marks for the rest of the day. Such is the case at Greenville Boot Camp, where certified instructors whip bodies into shape with high-energy workouts. During these encouraging classes, groups run, lift weights, jump rope, and sprint through obstacle courses. To round out it fitness menu, Greenville also offers spinning classes and online workouts.