Maribelle’s Tavern provides by-the-glass wine, drinks, and hearty tavern food that’s also fresh, sustainably sourced, and friendly to vegetarians and omnivores alike. Pull up to a menu and consider a starter such as the lamb sliders, topped with goat cheese, roma tomato, romaine, and house pickles on brioche ($11). Try out a sustainably produced dish to alleviate the environmental burdens of a growling appetite with a hormone-free and antibiotic-free beef burger, crowned with lettuce, tomato, and onion ($11), or have a vegetarian dish of brie polenta with roasted seasonal vegetables ($15) and avoid the debate entirely. A glass of Spanish grenache ($7) goes admirably well with Maple Leaf duck, served with shiitake cornbread, eggplant, blackberry and orange demi, and a side such as the cheddar-jalapeño grits with cream ($25), or eat light with a Scottish salmon salad, which is hooked together with a tartan pattern of romaine, tomato, red onion, egg, fried caper, and creamy parmesan (half $11, full $14).
Students gather in Clear Wellness's practice spaces in small groups, focusing all attention on their instructor, who bends and curves limbs gracefully while demonstrating exercises with enormous muscle-toning potential, enhancing every gesture with directions to guide attendees' movements. Each workout blends elements from different disciplines, including Vinyasa- and Iyengar-style yoga, Pilates, TRX suspension training, and reiki, creating hybrid workouts demanding vigorous physical exertion and sharp mental focus. By limiting each class's attendance to four students, instructors can monitor every individual's form and posture, providing slight hands-on adjustments to correct any missteps. Outside of the practice room, staff members stock the shelves with TZone skincare products, which help to reverse the signs of aging with antioxidant-rich balms, collagen-building formulas, and millions of microscopic babies to fill pores.
Sometimes lessons in the classroom don’t fully sink in. That’s where the certified instructors of Nia Educational Services come in. Through both private and small-group tutoring sessions, they adopt an approach that combines research, regular evaluation meetings with school teachers, and instructional strategies that help students overcome difficulties in grammar, algebra, or reading. In addition to offering literacy consulting to local schools, the instructors also aid their pupils in finally catching the neighborhood dog that ate their homework.
Brenda Smith teaches how to wind and weave yarns through intimate classes held in her quaint store. Drawing from her yarn-stocked shelves, Brenda can provided students with all they need to get started, as well as continued advice after they've picked up the basics.
Apryl Pope never works out. Instead, this licensed Zumba instructor leads dance parties full of Latin and international rhythms that just happen to burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. She makes it easy for her students to follow her moves by encouraging them to have fun and covertly issuing telepathic commands.
Finding a babysitter is one thing that mothers don’t have to do in order to attend Stroller Strong’s fitness classes. That’s because children are always welcome at classes—in fact, the sessions are based around the act of pushing kids in strollers. Inside Leblond Recreation Center or outdoors at Ault Park, groups convene to burn calories and tone muscles behind the rolling wheels of their child’s buggy. Afterward, they spend 10 minutes working out abdominal muscles while kids play with the studio’s toys.