Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 12 locations lighting 57 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939—a time when movies were called “picture shows,” Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
Each Defined trainer brings at least 10 years of exerciserly experience to every sweat-inducing session. Trainers focus on real-life strategies for weight loss and employ strength training, yoga, core training, kickboxing, and endurance work to achieve maximum minimizing results. Slip on your spandex for a quartet of group-training get-togethers, which offer customization comparable to individual training, with the added inspiration of two to five fellow conditioners. Lone bench-pressers can also opt to pursue hard-to-get strength solo with a perfectly toned wingman or wingwoman in a one-on-one personal-training session. Individualized attention ensures that participants of every body type, fitness goal, age, and ability can achieve results.
Sleek red and yellow lighting illuminates crisp, modern décor inside 7 Bar & Grill's 6,500-square-foot space, where chefs whip up sushi, sandwiches, and steakhouse fare served in a dining room, an upscale lounge with a bar, and a patio. Twosomes and foursomes peruse the eclectic menu for nigiri sushi and specialty rolls such as the Great Lake, an amalgam of spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and barbecue eel huddling under albacore tuna. Thai cream and guacamole hike down the Asian nachos' mound of wonton chips, uniting international cuisine like soup served out of a globe's hemisphere. 7's Cajun pasta slides sausage and shrimp between ropes of fettuccine, and a sheath of sweet garlic chili glaze protects 7's salmon. While imbibing martinis during special-occasion or casual dinners, diners can saunter past 16 flat-screen TVs en route to the eatery's upscale lounge area, which reveals a 360-degree view of the main bar and fellow patrons' napkin-folding habits. 7 Bar & Grill also hosts private events, including birthdays, holiday parties, and more, for groups as small as ten or as large as 250.
When she isn't busy choreographing routines for music videos on MTV, Annette Bergasse trains the next generation of aspiring dancers at her eponymous school. For 30-plus years, Annette and her fellow instructors—all recipients of top awards at national and regional competitions—have helped students hone techniques in both classic and popular styles. The studio's programs focus on everything from the tiptoed grace of ballet to the more loose-limbed moves of hip-hop.
As part of Annette's chorus and competition program, the school's most talented pupils even participate in dance competitions, workshops, and performances for local charities. Such intensive training has helped launch students into professional gigs in Hollywood films, on Broadway stages, and as inflatable tube men outside car dealerships.
The ingredients are locally sourced, the dishes are inventive, and the ambience blends sportiness and elegance. As guests watch sports on TV in the dining area, chefs at Courtside Restaurant and Bar elevate classic sports pub fare with creative glazes, premium ingredients, and interesting flavor pairings. For instance, they coat panko-crusted chicken strips in special sauces, such as the bourbon glaze and spicy zip sauce. For their handheld wraps, they favor underutilized options such as grilled salmon in a raspberry vinaigrette. Even classic desserts like their chocolate chunk cookie get a slight twist—chefs bake them in cast iron skillets.
As patrons sample these ambitious cuisines, they'll notice a modern, backlit bar with sleek metallic chairs. Elsewhere, they'll see cushy booths and ceilings high enough to accommodate a pro basketball players riding his giraffe to his booth.
Mid American Fitness brims with specialized equipment, including spin bikes, resistance bands, and Pilates reformers to help students tone nearly every muscle in their body. Certified trainers and exercise instructors assess new clients' fitness levels free of charge as they demonstrate exercises and set goals for workouts. During Pilates training, they’ll help students sculpt lean, strong torsos via spring-powered resistance equipment, mat-based isometrics, and on-site abdomen-transplant procedures. The team also leads group fitness classes, which range from Hatha yoga sessions to Zumba workout parties. To optimize athletic performance, students may meet with the studio's registered dietitian or its resident massage therapist, whose soothing strokes can ease soreness and enhance flexibility.