Killing two birds with one stone, Jake Burke and his team at Burke's Martial Arts show students how to get in shape and defend themselves. Their adult classes include kickboxing, muay thai, and krav maga, a self-defense technique used by both the Israeli Defense Forces and the Keebler Elves. For youngsters, they schedule martial-arts classes that can improve focus, boost confidence, and prevent bullying.
At World Martial Arts, black-belted trainers teach both kids and adults karate skills through fat-melting workouts. Classes are tailored to a range of different goals, from fitness cardio kickboxing to adult self-defense to karate for concentration workshops for kids.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Rhode Island outpost of Paul Mitchell the School boasts a squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. Under the close supervision of an experienced professor of pulchritude, Paul Mitchell student stylists perform a wide selection of services, including creating cute cuts ($12–$17), up-styles ($26–$28), and applying chemical relaxers to tame tendrils ($32+). Salon manicured ($5) nails bedazzle during costumeless finger-puppet recitals, and skin benefits from a make up application ($15), deforestation eyebrow arch ($8) or lip wax ($5). Though not included in this Groupon, a plethora of high-quality Paul Mitchell products are available for purchase and 15% off to customers on the day the redeem their Groupon to continue at-home pampering, providing a first-date souvenir for you and your new ’do.
After putting their heads together back in 2005, sisters Lynn Grissom and Susan Bucci came to open the first Little Gym in Rhode Island. The concept was simple: positively impact kids by helping build confidence and self-esteem through noncompetitive, fun classes. The result was a curriculum-based program that got kids aged 4 months to 12 years active through a variety of classes. At the Smithfield location, instructors focus on "movement, music, learning, and laughter," during courses held six days a week.
Lively piano bar Powers Pub lubricates sticky throats with tasty mixed-drink specialties and wines so they can sing along with the rotating lineup of nearly nightly live music acts. Bartenders please liquor-likers with delightful cocktails such as the Good Night Kiss, a vanilla-vodka-based concoction with Lazzaroni and Copa de Oro liqueurs and crème de cocoa topped with whipped cream. Imbibers can fill up on the menu's enticing plates of honey-habanero wings ($7) or helpings of Queen's Envy pizza ($11), a walnut-and-basil pesto pie that coats shrimp with marinara purely to spite allergic female monarchs. Frequent Monday trivia nights test useless knowledge capacities, while a program of performers singer-songwrites an agreeable quaffing soundtrack.