The Valley Preferred Cycling Center's rich history in the world of competitive cycling is evident in the affectionate nickname coined by its visiting racers: T-Town. Every year, the 333-meter track roars under the wheels of amateur and professional cyclists during races, and preps the next generation with courses such as the Air Products developmental cycling program and age-grouped racing leagues.
Sisters Jackie Martin and Eileen O’Brian-Tobaygo joined creative forces with Chantelle Martin, daughter and niece, to devise the Bead Hive, a fully equipped supply hub for any and all crafter’s bead needs. The shimmery walls of the Bead Hive reflect a large stock of seed beads ($2+ per vial), Delica beads ($3+ per vial), dazzling crystals ($4.50+ per strand), opulent pearls, Pandora-style beads with pewter ($3.75) or sterling silver ($5.50) cores, and more. Knowledgeable and friendly sales associates field bead-related queries while ushering prospective glass-globule buyers toward specialized beading pliers ($8.75+), and Czech glass designs ($2.50+ per strand). A variety of findings are available to keep restless strands and pendants from migrating south for the winter. Accessory artists can stock up on supplies to hoop and loop patterned beads into necklaces, earrings, and pizzazz-seeking Rolodexes just in time for the holidays.
Serenityfit trains adults and kids with a cornucopia of full-body workout classes taught in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Check the flexible schedule to choose Zumba, yoga, body-weight, body-toning, stability-ball, kettlebell, and TRX total-body-resistance classes. Customers who choose to try kettlebell classes will begin with a three-hour introductory session, which is limited to 12 students. Zumba and belly-dancing classes guide students through a dynamic dance workout, and easy tai chi and qi gong meditation classes combine gentle, deliberate movements with stress-easing breathing techniques. Meanwhile, yoga classes provide a great way to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knickknacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. Zumba and yoga classes are also available for kids, and Serenityfit will waive its $50 initial fee for customers who choose to extend their membership.
It's said that music builds neurological pathways in the brain like no other experience. The co-owners of Sing N Move, Miss April and Miss Lena, facilitate this firsthand every day during their Kindermusik classes, which help boost brain function through musical exploration.
Kids not only stretch their creative muscles, but also their actual muscles—the classes challenge fine motor skills by encouraging tots to play instruments and bop along to the beat. Miss April and Miss Lena have even taken their own children to Kindermusik classes and have seen them blossom there, which is why they opened their studio in the first place.
Skilled cake decorators and sugar manipulators lead classes at Mother of Cakes, teaching at-home bakers how to create lavish desserts for special occasions. Some of their sweet and savvy talents have landed them televised appearances on Cake Boss, Food Network Challenge, and Shipping Wars. Their students tackle hands-on sessions that range in subject matter, from cake fundamentals for beginners to advanced courses that teach budding artists how to mold whimsical creations such as edible shoes.
At Workout Plus, fitness seekers can conclude a blistering group workout with a dip in the whirlpool or a detoxifying jaunt in the sauna. Instructors lead challenging, up-tempo workouts with names such as Kettlebell Khaos or Calorie Killer, and set members loose on a sea of free weights and Star Trac variable resistance machines including treadmills, climbers, and recumbent bikes.