What inspired you (or the owner) to start or run this business?
[My] vision in founding CNH was to introduce the joy of horsemanship to people from all walks of life despite skill level or experience.
What is your most popular offering?
[The] Path of the Horseman curriculum-based horsemanship program. [Students] learn all there is to know about horses.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Witnessing the connection between man and horse.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Tears of joy.
At Taekwondo International USA, certified master instructor and seventh-degree black belt, Joseph Veach, leads tae kwon do classes for kids and adults. Through the martial art's methods, he guides his students to stronger bodies, minds, and spirits. Fostering a family-centric facility he even offers classes where parents and kids can kick, punch, and learn together.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, one-on-one programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
Basics and Beyond is a personal training program with a certified roster of trainers, nutritionists, and rehab specialists headlined by director and fitness expert Dan DeFigio, who has been featured on Dr. Phil. During a personal training session (a $65 value per hour), exercise routines will exorcise soft bodies, resulting in the mass exodus of malicious fat cells to unveil a slimmer, toner soul satchel. Through nutritional analysis, a personal trainer advises clients on which items in their cabinets are their allies, and which items are gateways to higher-caloric meals.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Walking through Belmont Mansion's Victorian-era plantation is like exploring an alternate history. The stories presented by the 2,000 artifacts that fill the 18 rooms are all true, but in place of the 19th-century South's traditionally male-dominated household, tour takers witness evidence of a plantation controlled, enlivened, and energized by a woman. After inheriting a fortune from her first husband, Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham oversaw the construction of the mansion with her second husband, basing the style off an Italian villa and completing the project's first phase in 1853. Over the years it would change appearances as dramatically as a caterpillar on Halloween—sometimes by her hand and sometimes not. She commissioned a Prussian-born architect to expand and embellish the house six years after completion, and fled as the Civil War's Battle of Nashville destroyed most of the plantation's outbuildings, including the greenhouse, bear house, and zoo. After Adelicia sold her home in 1887, it transformed into a girl's school, then a girl's academy and junior college, and, in 1952, became part of the Belmont University campus.
Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee, inviting visitors to wander past cast-iron neoclassical statues in the gardens, to cross the fountain courtyard, and to study the original water tower and few remaining gazebos. Stoic marble busts, decorative boxes, and a four-post bed fill the interior's 10,000 square feet, alongside more than 120 works of art. During a themed art tour, which is not included with this Groupon, expert docent Mancil Ezell introduces visitors to these masterpieces, including two 400-year-old Flemish paintings. And for those bright-eyed visitors captivated by the surroundings, the staff also coordinates weddings, building on a tradition established when Adelicia married her third husband on the grounds in 1867.