At CrossFit Tolerance, the gym's name is scrawled in big red lettering on one of the facility's bright blue walls. It drives home the importance of the word "tolerance," to this community, which means several things to the trainers and exercisers who call this gym a second home. For one, CrossFit Tolerance isn't a gym that has issues with anyone who not being fit enough or old or young enough to use their equipment. Here, the inclusive atmosphere is a key to success that encourages everyone to work toward the best fitness of their lives, regardless of their starting point. Inside these walls, tolerance is also about accepting soreness, physical exertion, and the feel-good burn that comes with finishing a tough rowing machine session or holding a rival's unblinking stare. The gym's coaching staff also works hard to prevent injury in their client, helping beginners get acclimated and watching each exerciser to make sure they use correct technique.
Since 1961, the Edgewood Eagles have been teaching youngsters the fundamentals of football and cheerleading?and the coaches have done such a stellar job, their teams have taken home championships in both sports. To raise money for their non-profit teams and local charities, the organization steps outside its sporty comfort zone, too, with events such as weekly bingo nights. Bingo winners earn cash prizes of up to $5,500 by completing their board first or legally changing their name to Bingo Winner.
It’s the making of a hit movie. Young Jeff Allen of Providence—untrained in the world of movement, but driven by desire—starts attending social dances. It's there he learns dances such as the jitterbug, cha-cha, and lindy, and develops a taste for competition. Soon, he's winning every dance contest he enters, whether the genre is disco, ballroom, or argentine tango.
Channeling his penchant for victory into a teaching career, the self-taught hoofer transformed into an acclaimed teacher and coach, racking up more than 30 National Dance Council of America Top Teacher Awards, and holding membership credentials with the North American Dance Teachers Association. At his studio, he keeps a packed schedule, teaching west coast swing dancing, mambo, and even Dancing Dirty–style moves. For those who can't make their ways to Cranston, Jeff has produced a slew of instructional books and DVDs, including The Complete Idiots' Guide to Ballroom Dancing and The Complete Guide to Slow Dancing.
Legion Bowl & Billiards preserves retro entertainment with 18 duckpin bowling lanes, eight tournament-sized billiards tables, and ticket-spewing arcade games. The alley’s streamlined design hearkens to the tailfins of a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air or the cover art of a mid-century sci-fi novel. Traditional scoring projectors lend to the classic ambiance at the lanes, which fill with the clatter of scattering pins.
Television screens in the pool hall broadcast live coverage of New England sports teams, and the spitfire rasp of electric guitars occasionally cuts through from live musicians at the adjoining Legion Pub. The kitchen staff fires selections from a menu of burgers and grilled pizzas, which pair with draft beers or cocktails. On the alley’s outdoor deck, guests click together glasses or toss rocks at poets attracted by the breezy summer evenings.
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.