Trek Bicycle Store of Fairfield and Trek Women beam with a brand-new glass and brick visage, behind which bike-handlers preside over an expansive stable of Trek-brand two-wheeled steeds as well as the tools necessary to keep bikes running at full bore. The staff help customers navigate through a maze of hybrids, road-touring, triathlon, and mountain bikes saddled to the specifications of a range of age levels. Shelves buckle under the weight of bicycle pats, accessories, and apparel for male and female cyclists. Headlights dissuade foreign objects from collision, accessory bags keep electronics secure, Bontrager and Pearl Izumi’s leather and gel gloves protect hands, and Capo’s breathable fabric tops keep skin cool during pulse-pounding rides and volcano-jumping stunts. To keep older bikes riding like their newer cousins, the store’s technicians pamper rides with a comprehensive regimen of equipment checks, adjustments, and cleaning in a range of bike tune-ups, ensuring sailing as smooth as a freshly buttered pair of roller skates.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Racing pulses pound in players' ears as they dive for the safety of sturdy PVC bunkers, narrowly evading the infrared ammunition of their opponents’ faux firearms. This scene unfolds in real time at First Person Sports, a 7,000-square-foot arena for tactical laser tag skirmishes. Warriors shoulder or play catch with lightweight metal guns, which shoot crimson beams up to 550 feet guided by a red-dot or telescopic scope. Players select from 12 missions, which are designed to completely engross players and range in difficulty. Once soldiers are out of ammo and ideas for impromptu laser shows, they can wipe out virtual targets in an Xbox lounge or inquire about importing the battle to their own backyard by scheduling a mobile event.
From Ronaldinho to Pelé, many of the most renowned soccer players in history hail from Brazil. The country is steeped in a love of the game that took over Rodrigo Nunes’s life early on. Long before founding RNunes Olé, he lived in São Paulo, where his father was a coach, his uncle was a professional player, and his brother was a trainer.
With the help of a handpicked group of certified coaches, he now passes on some of the soccer knowledge he has accumulated through drills and during talks at camps and clinics. Kids as young as 2 years of age squeal across the fields at the academy, learning to dribble, shoot, and pass. Punctuated by the soft pop of a foot against the soccer ball and the trill of coaches’ whistles, pupils at specialized clinics hone their ability to protect the goal or find legal loopholes that allow terriers into the league.
The laws of physics seem to bend at Hotspot Glass Studio. Some visit to watch artists melt, twist, blow, and shatter their one-of-a-kind medium, and others get their gloves dirty in a class or workshop. The studio offers group sessions, private instruction, curricula for different experience levels, and a few courses just for teens. Once students have been endowed with a bit of glass-bending know-how and have learned to exhale fire, they can rent studio time from Hotspot. Many guests are content to bring their own masterpieces home, but for those who want works of professional craftsmanship, the studio also accepts commissions. In addition, owner Dylan Cotton and his fellow Hotspot artists craft light fixtures, centerpieces, and more to customers' specifications.
Owned and operated by women, SpaLady provides New Jersey dames with a nurturing, non-competitive environment to shed pounds and sculpt curves. Social butterflies can choose from more than one-hundred group fitness classes that are offered weekly and include spin, kick boxing, belly dance, Pilates, and yoga. Free weights, cardio, and strength-training equipment offer lone she-wolves the opportunity to tone hind legs. After workouts, head to the sauna for some toxin-releasing relaxation, while kiddies enjoy the free childcare that comes standard with all memberships.