When Gilbert and Josephine Morejon opened their first restaurant, customers lined up around the corner to get a taste of their Cuban-style roast pork, paella, and stuffed lobster. Nearly 50 years have passed since then, and the lines have disappeared, but only because the Morejons collapsed their restaurant business in 2012 to focus solely on catering. Today, Latam Catering services parties and events—from small family gatherings to large weddings—across the city.
Customers can choose from pre-designed menus featuring items such as Cuban-style roast pork, rib-eye steak, and blackened shrimp, or they can work with the chefs to customize their own. Though David Morejon handles the food, they do have an event planner on staff to help interested clients with all the little details, such as decor and music and deciding whether it's appropriate to throw rice cakes at the bride for easier cleanup.
CrossFit 428's dedicated trainers, Ricky, Hope and Jethrie, strive to help clients of all shapes and sizes—from stay-at-home moms to competitive athletes—achieve their personal fitness goals through dynamic workouts. Unlike other weight-lifting or cardio exercises, the CrossFit method builds strength using functional movements people perform on a daily basis, such as squatting, reaching, and running away from the guy who's running away from the cops. During the one-hour workouts, participants work to perfect 10 areas of physical skill, which include cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, and agility. The staff also provides nutritional guidance to augment the process of becoming fitter.
CrossFit Body-Mechanic’s coach Casey Schmidt—who placed among the top 21% of athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games Open—blasts away body fat with what he calls “the sport of fitness.” He and his students compete against their own best times, heaviest weights, and highest number of reps to become leaner, meaner functional athletes.
Loveland Yoga Loft transforms rigid-limbed organ vessels into lithe movement machines with yoga classes taught in a variety of styles. Vinyasa, Anusara, and Ashtanga classes provide challenging flows for developing lean muscles, straightening postures, and readying chakras for marathon sessions of badminton. Within a supportive and small group setting of up to 10 students, seasoned yogis provide plenty of one-on-one attention to help correct techniques and encourage strategic breathing patterns. Classes are scheduled multiple times daily, with flexible hours to suit the demands of students and their busy agendas battling sentient chemistry textbooks.
For the yoga classes, Jai Dee isn't interested in classifying people as beginner or advanced, but instead welcomes any interested parties to all sessions. True beginners won't have to feel like they don't know what they're getting themselves into, though: their schedule includes in-depth descriptions of all the classes, each of which is also rated by sweat level. The classes range from the gentler Relax and Revive to the more intense hold-focused Strength and Balance, with varying levels of intensity in between. For an added element of fun, Jai Dee also hosts specialty classes that include Zodiac Yoga, which is inspired by the week's astrological trends. The sessions might focus on combating stress one week and toning bods to meet a mysterious, attractive stranger the next.
World-renowned and highly regarded, The Princeton Review helps prepare students for getting into college, law school, and grad school through a fleet of exam-prep classes. During the informative sessions—which cover such tests as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, and GRE—handpicked, rigorously trained teachers coach students to relinquish anxiety over upcoming tests. They conduct math reviews, reading sessions, and writing exercises that pair pupils with weighted pens. In addition to leading group classes, the teachers offer in-person and online private-tutoring services, which are customized to each pupil's learning needs.
Under the instruction of 8th degree senior masters Laura and David Kowkabany, martial arts students develop an arsenal of physical and mental skills to succeed in and out of the studio. At Kowkabany’s Family Martial Arts, Laura and David teach self-defense tactics and guide students through dynamic punches and kicks, while emphasizing the importance of life skills such as self-discipline and focus. The studio is a member of the American Tae Kwon Do Association, offering training programs for adults and youngsters, where kids as young as three can learn the importance of fitness and discipline while building the confidence to stand up to bullies or ask a hardhearted hall monitor to prom.