The flexibility mavens at the Ananda Center tone muscles and tune minds, bringing bodies and souls into harmonious alignment. Bend, stretch, dance, or meditate in an array of yoga and fitness classes designed to limber up limbs while fostering overall health and well-being. Form & Flow Yoga challenges students to hold poses for long stretches, and Gentle Yoga coddles fitness seekers who have recently undergone surgery, given birth, or lost a twisting competition with a pretzel. Patrons strengthen cores in the traditional low-impact Pilates course, or invite the rest of the muscular structure to the party in Fitlates. After calming minds in Meditation, set your body in motion with high-energy, calorie-burning classes such as Zumba, Sun/Fire Cardio Sculpt, Cardio-Kickbox MMA, and Extreme Mahjong. Check the schedule for class times and details.
The chefs at 1019 Cafe present midday and evening menus filled with steaming pastas, seared seafood, and charred meats fresh off the grill. Arriving with piles of vegetables, roasted halves of chicken ($18) and duck ($22) sate hearty cravings and teach diners important lessons about fractions. Chefs play pasta piccolos to summon whole clams from beds of linguine, garlic, and olive oil ($14 for lunch; $17 for dinner), and lobster francaise ($28), still upset over the tied intramural basketball game between land and sea, stares down grilled filet mignon ($28) during dinner service. A low-carb menu introduces protein-packed platters of almond-crusted flounder with mango salsa ($15 for lunch; $19 for dinner) alongside grilled pork chops, which graze atop fields of vegetables, onions, and hot or sweet peppers ($12 for lunch; $18 for dinner).
Named a top gallery in the nation for retail excellence in growth by Décor Magazine in 2005, LaMantia Gallery offers a variety of original artwork alongside professional picture framing. Protect and preserve fine art, posters, and Styx concert memorabilia inside custom frames and shadow boxes (typically starting at $125). With professionally contained artwork and mementoes, memories are deep-frozen for easily microwaved reminiscenses.
Studio Art supplies the media and the instruction for customizing everything from canvases and pottery to skateboards and sneakers. During birthday parties, afterschool programs, and camps, artists transform everyday objects into one-of-a-kind works of art. Mirrors, moccasins, and belt buckles dress up in an arsenal of paints, glitters, jewels, and trinkets according to creative whims or the demands of the preschool fashion scene. Classes hone specific skills such as sewing and fashion design, and teen night occupies adolescents with henna, beading, and scrapbooking in an informal setting.
Smooth Street's instructors are all professional dancers, including Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, and guest instructors Heidi Groskreutz and Kevin Clifton. Personal lessons are available in Latin and ballroom dance in 18 styles—foxtrot, waltz, tango, quick step, Viennese waltz, Argentine tango, rumba, cha-cha, salsa, mambo, samba, merengue, bachata, hustle/disco, paso doble, cumbia, and swing (East Coast, West Coast, lindy, triple step, and single step). No matter which style you choose, the personal attention you'll receive guarantees you'll master sultry steps and move to the beat without wasting time wondering where your toes should go, if your posture is imperfect, or why it's hard to say the alphabet backward. All levels of dancethusiasts are welcome at Smooth Street.
The coordinators at Once Upon an Event have one goal: to ensure brides and grooms experience the wedding of their dreams. To accomplish this, they meet with clients prior to their weddings to create a timeline of events, set up vendors, and tackle other necessities. On the actual day, the coordinators—who are all recent brides themselves—ensure the event runs smoothly, tackling any unexpected issues. Aside from weddings, Once Upon an Event also plans bridal and baby showers.