The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers 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 a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-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. Camps and 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.
Most people will never get the chance to play a round of golf at Augusta National. At Pappas Indoor Golf & Baseball, players can approximate that dream inside a trio of indoor golf simulators. The simulator screens replicate 230 courses in vivid detail, including Augusta and Scotland's Saint Andrews. The simulators share space with a well-rounded practice facility that includes a 1,600-square-foot putting green, 12 hitting bays, a short-game area, and a sand bunker. In areas designated for private lessons, PGA pro Bill Pappas polishes his clients' mechanics with the help of video swing-analysis equipment.
Golfers aren?t the only athletes taking cuts at Pappas Indoor. The facility?s indoor batting cages let softball and baseball stars while away rainy days fine-tuning their swings or training pitching machines to feel human emotions.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
The professional caterers at Bentley's Famous BBQ Pig Roast & Lobstah Bakes travel throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, leaving the aromas of wood-smoked and steamed lobsters in their wake. They swoop in on events with steamers, table settings, and shuck buckets in hand?and while they usually prepare everything in advance, they also prepare entire spreads on-site. Such is the case with eight-hour whole pig roasts, where all the action revolves around an American-made smoker fittingly dubbed "The Green Monstah." Throughout the day, a traditional brined or Mojo Mojo-style whole pig?roasted in garlic, onions, and citrus?is slow-smoked and then carved fresh and paired with classic Southern sides. The smoker also churns out Bentley's signature barbecue, using applewood and hickory to smoke dry-rubbed beef, pork, and poultry. Alternatively, seafood is the focus of the lobster and clam bakes, which include spreads of steamed hard or soft-shell Maine lobsters and ale-steamed Ipswich clams alongside marinated meats.
Flickering candles cast a warm glow over the polished hardwood floors at Hot Yoga Chelmsford, a yoga studio kept heated between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Instructors guide groups through Vinyasa flow classes that strengthen and lengthen muscles while raising heart rates, potentially burning 500 calories per session.