Formerly Knock-on-Wood, Hunter Home Furnishings has provided furniture and accessories for any room for more than 32 years. Customers can wander around the 13,000-square-foot showroom and select from an impressive array of dining sets, sofas, beds, and presidential crypts. A stately drop leaf table from Simply Amish provides ample surface to rest a Crystal Pepsi (many four-piece dining sets start at $299), while sturdy and comfortable beds from the likes of Crownmark, Aspen, and Modus provide a soft surface to put Crystal Pepsis to bed (mattress-pad protectors start at $89). Solid-wood dining chairs ($59 and up), bonded-leather square storage ottomans ($79 and up) and barstools ($79 and up) also grace the massive showroom with their charm and good looks. Experienced delivery professionals can be hired to hoist furniture overhead like participants in a traditional wedding procession parading the ceremonial wedding mop through town.
Shall We Dance's sure-footed instructors utilize their experience as dance educators and competitors to unveil the secrets behind dance styles such as ballroom, Latin, swing, and salsa. Each 45-minute private dance lesson caters to participants with obligation-plagued schedules, offering appointments seven days a week. Instructors tailor individual sessions to meet each customer's skill level and only teach the style of dance that each student expresses interest in, gifting students with the winged feet of Hermes. Students can prepare for upcoming events and competitions, or improve their techniques before imminent dance-offs with rival neighborhood gangs.
Showcasing more than 14,000 square feet of pre-owned prized possessions, Casa de los Niños Thrift Store offers value-conscious customers a wealth of gently worn wearables, as well as hand-me-down sporting goods, toys, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Spiffy suits for men start at $6, women can gather dresses and other graceful garments for around $5, and jeans keep the whole family from accidental exhibitionism starting at $3 per pair. Though the selection is ever rotating, customers can expect to regularly uncover forgotten treasures such as good-as-new sporting goods, long-lost favorite books and records, and stuffed animals boasting an impressive resume of past tea-party experience. Small and large appliances, including TVs and stereos, can be regularly snagged in still-working order, as sofas, chairs, and end tables await to fill the void in an empty living room's otherwise idyllic life.
A graduate of the renowned Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne of Paris, New Red Sky master chef Steve Schultz artfully fuses Californian, Italian, French, and Southwest flavors into one mouthwateringly diverse menu. Starting with fresh organic ingredients, Schultz prepares a delectable line-up of salads, soups, and appetizers such as the blue crab tower, with avocado, mango, and spicy lemon tomato remoulade ($12, dinner menu only). Pastas such as the fettuccini bolognese, with chopped beef, veal, and an aromatic Barbera wine sauce make perfect palate pleasers during lunch or dinner hours ($12.95–$15), while dusk ushers in such elegant rarities as the sweet corn risotto, whose sweetness is complimented by warm goat cheese, buttery chardonnay, and wild, but well-meaning mushrooms ($15).
Andrew Clark started his career at Performance Executive Fitness as a front-desk clerk. He put in the work, getting a personal-training certification and honing his rehabilitation skills as a trainer—dedication that resulted in his current position as gym owner. Andrew now leads a staff of trainers and consultants that help him chart custom fitness and nutrition services ranging from private workout sessions and sport camps to small-group conditioning programs. Each program focuses on helping clients achieve sound physical functioning, including functional-movement screenings and oiling joints with Powerade. Multiple media sources have highlighted the efficacy of Andrew's regimens, which took The Morning Blend's reporter Alex Miranda from a 125-pound bench press to 165 pounds in three months. Clients can enjoy the benefit of this expertise without disappearing into the crowd, since the gym has a member cap of 200 to prevent overcrowding and cultivate an atmosphere of community support and camaraderie.