PRIDE Conditioning's boot-camp classes are tailor-made to send wrecking balls of encouragement through stonewalled fitness routines. All sessions are led by Doug Seamans, a certified personal trainer, weight-loss expert, and mixed-martial-arts practitioner who's equal parts combat boots and enthusiasm. Doug will assume the role of drill sergeant during boot camp; the environment is made to feel encouraging, but only for participants willing to work hard and push themselves to a critical mass of sweaty exertion. Workouts are designed to utilize every pit and portion of the human body, keeping each class interesting and challenging. Potential training includes body-weight exercises, plyometrics, dumbbell repetitions, isometrics, short-distance running, sprinting, stability balls, cardio and strength training, throwing refrigerators, and more.
Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and named Best American Cuisine in Charlotte by CBS Charlotte, The Penguin Drive-In has been satiating stomachs since 1954 with a menu that starts with hand-dipped, lightly battered Famous Penguin fried pickles ($3.99). Diners can dig into the Sweet Caroline, a vinegar-based pulled-pork barbecue sandwich topped with slaw ($5.99), or quell hunger with the Penguin burger ($5.49), featuring pimento cheese and fried pickles resting atop a beef patty island. For dessert, the funnel cake fries ($3.99) give customers a little taste of the carnival without the inconvenience of having to eat it in the dining room of distorted mirrors.
Before Bell Biv DeVoe warned that girl was “Poison,” Johnny Gill “Just Got Paid,” Ralph Tresvant boasted his “Sensitivity,” and Bobby Brown declared it was “My Prerogative,” all six new jack swingers strutted across stages as teen sensation New Edition. Fully reunited and dressed to the nines, the soulful sextet packs the stage with decades of accumulated Top 10 classics and smooth dance moves. The nearly two-hour set spans the group’s entire career, from falsetto-laden classics such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now” to later hits such as “If It Isn’t Love,” all mixed with stacks of tracks from their successful solo careers. This tour finds them putting on a show that's "loose, fast-paced, high-spirited, loaded with hits and personality, and thoroughly entertaining," according to the Newark Star-Ledger review of a recent concert, bringing to life a catalog of songs that sticks to ears like earmuffs filled with honey.
Beyond a black-and-red-tiled awning that hangs over a pair of gas pumps, the garage of First Stop Car Wash houses vehicles in the midst of repairing and washing services. Yellow posts stand guard at the front entrance, preventing cars that loathe bath time from fleeing out the front doors as crew members rub down chassis with soapy water or shine paint with a coat of carnauba wax. In addition to polishing rides with quick washes, crews also delve into the layers of sediment both inside and out during full detail packages, shampooing carpets, conditioning leather surfaces, and removing the burnt smell coming from the glove box’s Easy-Bake Oven.
Embracing the sustainable practices of farm-to-table cuisine, Executive Chef Geoff Bragg designed The Pecular Rabbit's menu to launch the culinary traditions of British pubs across the pond into the 21st century. Guests feast on hearty favorites such as the Devils on Horseback, goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped figs, and french fries topped with oxtail poutine gravy. During warmer months when the sun moves into its vacation house closer to earth, live music entertains guests on the roof-top patio, paired with a pour of Brooklyn Lager or a bloody mary piled high with garnishes.
A hash-brown breakfast may not initially entice the health-conscious diner. But consider: at Zada Jane’s, chefs cook up locally procured sweet potatoes, top them with free-range eggs, and serve them with Grateful Growers’ additive-free pork sausage. Like many of Zada Jane’s entrees, this locally sourced breakfast toes the line between wholesome and indulgent, and it has earned nods from Charlotte magazine.
Zada Jane’s commitment to wholesome dining extends to the dining room itself, which is entirely smoke-free. After clearing plates and exhausting the peek-a-boo potential of napkins, dining companions can burn off meals at the shuffleboard courts out front.