Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
For more than 30 years, the ladies at Women's Workout & Wellness have cultivated a supportive environment in which women can focus on health, fitness, and wellness. Whether grooving through Zumba sessions, pushing weight sleds, performing lifts, or sweating, students find plenty of challenges in the center’s classes. Staffers gauge fitness level by analyzing BMI and testing cardio, strength, flexibility, and the ability to karate-chop airborne cucumbers. Experts also lend advice on nutritional intake and help clients set personalized goals. Before and after sweat sessions, ladies can suit up and cool down in the spacious showers and locker rooms at each location. Daycare is available at some locations for a nominal fee.
Sesame Inn’s mouth-watering menu whisks guests on culinary journeys through China, Japan, and Thailand. Seventeen stir-fried dishes, including spicy sichuan green beans and kung pao chicken with crunchy peanuts and water chestnuts, spring from traditional Chinese recipes like gold nuggets spring from fortune cookies. Chefs tuck chicken, beef, or shrimp into beds of pineapple fried rice or pad thai’s nest of egg-laced rice noodles. If diners prefer their entrees uncooked, the Kama Kaze maki showcases two types of tuna, and the vegetable maki arrives rolled with spinach, cucumber, gourd, pickles, and asparagus.
Open for 25 years and celebrated by AM670 The Score, the Southland Star, and Patch.com, the items on the Durbin’s menu vary by location, but all of its kitchens prepare hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and barbecue. Wood embers infuse ribs and chicken with smoky flavors as USDA Black Angus steaks are plated alongside sautéed mushrooms and homemade coleslaw. Fresh donut holes are also made in-house and stacked on ice cream sundaes topped with a single red cherry that resembles the setting sun resting on a pillow of vanilla-flavored clouds.
Though the technicians specialize in laser cosmetics, a slew of other clinical-grade therapies comprise the spa's treatment list. Dr. Mohammad Razzaque performs or supervises every treatment and, along with aesthetic technician Lorraine, ushers skin toward its smoothest, most vibrant self. Together they reduce acne, age-related facial sagging, and unwanted hair with customized laser treatments. Meanwhile, microdermabrasion and Botox help mugs look as youthful and wrinkle-free as freshly ironed eggs.
Benjamin Moore recoats domicile walls with 3,000 colors mixed into chemically calibrated interior and exterior paints. Seaweed green lends earthy tones to rooms and a welcoming aura for visiting beluga whales when mixed into a gallon of the environmentally safe Natura interior paint ($52.99+). Regal Select interior paint gallons are available in finishes ranging from flat to glossy and imbue colors finely tuned amounts of glimmer and sheen ($48.99+), and petite pints of paint ($6.49) allow customers to see what a portion of a wall or half of a friend looks like in vibrant new tones. In-store experts assist with supply purchasing and project completion and happily mix buckets of Benjamin Moore colors to order.