Children in goggles and swim caps emblazoned with United States Swim Academy's patriotic logo kick and glide through an indoor pool heated to a comfortable 91 degrees. Instructors help them practice proper body and head positions, as well as efficient arm strokes and kicks, following a curriculum developed specifically for children by founder Karen King, the former national director of SwimAmerica. Besides these courses for children, the academy's team of competitive swimmers and rescue professionals also leads classes for adults that emphasize safe aquatic habits, such as never swimming alone or chewing on pool noodles 30 minutes before going into the water.
It took the owners of Vino DeSantis six months to find the right setting to host their vino emporium. Their diligence paid off. Today, their Coral Springs location houses more than 1,200 different varieties in a combination shop and tasting room lit by a warm, incandescent glow. The shop is also home to an Enomatic wine system, a space-age wine-delivery device that can hold 72 bottles of wine and automatically dispense 1-, 2-, or 4-ounce servings of that day’s offerings. With no more machines to install or fixtures to set up, the staff is now free to build the community’s knowledge of wine during tastings augmented by complimentary cheeses, breads, and compliments.
Paintballs and airsoft ammo whiz through the air across East Coast Extreme Inc.'s 8 acres of simulated battlegrounds. On wooded fields, forest canopies cast shadows over paintball players as they weave through tree trunks, duck into ditches, and launch more acrylic salvos than a frustrated cartoonist. Elsewhere, splatterless ammo fires across 2 acres of airsoft fields. East Coast Extreme Inc.'s pro shop helps players stock up for these friendly battles. Its rich blue walls enclose a sea of airsoft and paintball gear, including guns with flashlights and laser scopes as well as safety gear.
Inside Learning Express Toys, children of all ages can find a host of entertaining and educational toys designed by brands such as Lego and Scientific Explorer. Seven days a week, staff members share their enthusiastic attitudes as they help children and parents peruse dolls and accessories, brain-stimulating word games, or science kits that fuel interactive learning. The store frequently holds special events for festive occasions, such as Father's Day and Lego Day, hosting such costumed characters as Santa Claus and welcoming royal delegates from the King of Legoland.
Bella Vintage's craftspeople create exquisite, vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories ranging from necklaces and earrings to brooches and cell-phone charms. Customers can highlight chic 'dos or upgrade dull potatoes with a rhinestone-studded ribbon hair pin, which nestles comfortably into locks ($20), or accent necks with an embossed key pendant with a slim, silver chain and matching heart lock-and-key ($20). Designed with intricate curves, stretch silver rings stylize barren ring fingers or flattering foam fingers ($18). In addition to jewelry, Bella Vintage garnishes handhelds with cell-phone trinkets, such as crosses, gem-studded cows, or unique designs ($6), and stylizes bland tops with more than 20 hip brooches ranging from golden dogs and peacocks to peace signs and martini glasses ($1–$50).
An Aveda concept salon, Salon Utopia's nail nurturers buff and beautify neglected nail beds and unkempt cuticles with pampering services, top-quality products, and customized care. The Elemental Nature pedicure treats disheveled piggies to an invigorating bath of rosemary, lavender, and jojoba, followed by an exfoliating Dead Sea–salt scrub to buff away dead skin cells before they turn into undead skin cells. Fatigued fingers can opt for a Hand Relief manicure, designed to restore balance, moisture, and health to skin and nails, while eucalyptus and orange oils work in tandem to domesticate wild-harvested jojoba, providing relaxation and restoring weary mitts.