For over 40 years, Kim’s Black Belt Academy has been coaching and training thousands of students to improve their self-esteem, health, character, physical fitness, life skills and self defense skills through its martial arts program.
Mornings at the Comfort Suites in Elgin begin with an extra-bountiful complimentary breakfast buffet of hot eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, and waffles. It's fuel for exploring the charm and attractions of northwest Chicagoland. About 5 miles away, the Fox River courses through downtown Elgin, the historic heart of the suburban town. Along Chicago Street and Grove Avenue, guests can browse specialty boutiques and quaint cafés. The Grand Victoria Casino, a riverboat anchored on the Fox River, adds suspense to the serene milieu by offering slot machines and betting on turtles' underwater breathing contests, and knights joust at Medieval Times in Schaumburg, a half-hour drive away.
Architect. Stationer. Magic maker. Ola wears many hats, each more beautiful than the last. After she left a career designing buildings, Ola made her first venture into the world of high-end events with a luxury paper-printing business. Ijorere The Invitation (derived from Yoruba words for "grand day") transitioned into Ijorere Atelier, the elegant loft space she rents out for baby and bridal showers, offsite meetings, meet and greet discussions, birthday parties, small weddings, corporate events, and other upscale happenings. Accentuated with colorful paintings and modish furnishings, the 2,000-square-foot space fits up to 75 guests and is centered on a beautiful glass chandelier and a custom-made dining table beside floor-to-ceiling arched windows.
Dance-fitness instructor Kim started with two clients. Today, with the help of instructors Hiromi, MIchele, Jacqui, Jennifer, and Brittany, she boasts about 1,000 students. Their lime green studio, replete with mirrors and poles, might have something to do with it, but it's more likely that instructors' technique, versatility, and friendliness can take the credit. Kim alone teaches 20 varieties of dance fitness classes. Also on the roster are pole-dance classes, Flirty Girl Fitness sessions, and sexy chicken dance genres. Classes are capped at about 22, so students are lavished in thorough, personalized instruction that's as toning and heart-revving as it is fun and creative.
At OM MediSpa, Dr. Savitha Susarla and her team champion whole-body health. That's why the board-certified physician and yoga devotee provides both family medicine and medspa services, with fully licensed aestheticians and massage therapists assisting her quest to increase clients' wellness. Their spa facials provide custom cleansing, while advanced treatments such as laser resurfacing and cosmetic injections reduce signs of aging. The specialists also offer reflexology sessions to encourage all-over vitality. In her medical clinic, Dr. Susarla welcomes patients for physicals, checkups, and the chance to practice saying "aaahh."