Artist Melanie John's bright, colorful studio and retail shop surrounds visitors with her vibrant watercolor portraits and textured abstract paintings. Paintings, photos, and pottery also line the walls, inviting gazes to linger over aesthetically elegant pieces and check every design for hidden Magic Eye patterns. BYOB art classes help beginners and master palette wielders create their own masterpieces while sipping on toted-along beverages or purchasing tipples from the bar-licensed studio.
One of the only Anusara-based yoga studios in the area, Butterfly Yoga helps yogis connect with their inner triple-threat of body, heart, and mind using expressive postures and meditation. As deep stretches are reached and sweet-scented perspiration is released, students can find themselves reaching deeper spiritual awareness and discarding old habits. With more than 15 classes held each week, students of all skill levels can find a time in the morning, afternoon, or evening to develop their flexibilities and sensibilities.
The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
Midwest Carry Academy's instructors work out of various local gun ranges and training venues.
The rental selection comprises vintage and modern firearms. Some options include WWII rifles and Glock 9-millimeter handguns.
The instructors at Midwest Carry Academy have backgrounds that range from law enforcement to the military, and they draw on these experiences to teach handgun-shooting and home-defense courses to students of all experience levels. As a safety precaution and a dedication to the pastime, they too take new courses to develop their skills as both teachers and gun handlers.
Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years, Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, bronzed in 100% refined peanut oil, and kept warm in buttermilk biscuit earmuffs. Like gambling on horse racing, the chicken biscuit is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.