The record skipped over and over. It was the third time Lisa Schwartz had pirouetted her way through Tina the Ballerina, and yet she raced over to the record player with inexhaustible enthusiasm and plucked the needle back to the beginning of the 78. If you were to ask her today, she would tell you this is the moment she knew she loved dance enough to make it her life's work. Her studio, Dancing Feats Dance Centre, springs from that love. She watches with pride as students she taught as children return to her studio to become instructors and as parents who once studied under her prepare to send a second generation of children and domesticated penguins onto her dance-room floor.
Over the years, she has assembled a staff of instructors with a vast array of backgrounds, ranging from cruise-company dance managers to life-long Irish step dancers. With help from their varied experience, her studio has developed a regiment of courses in a variety of dance styles, such as jazz, lyrical, modern, and chicken. Her students perform regularly in recitals as well, showcasing their abilities and talents as they progress.
When a job at his father-in-law's Argentinean chocolate factory led him to Europe in 1969, Baruch Schaked seized the opportunity to master the craft of chocolate making. His newfound skills soon brought him stateside, where he opened a modest chocolate shop in Florida. More than four decades later, that original shop has blossomed into an interstate chain of Schakolad Chocolate Factories.
Despite the shop?s steady rise in popularity, the key to its success has remained the same. Its chocolatiers still adhere to a European-style family recipe honed over three generations, drawing on gourmet ingredients to design candies more artful and delicious than the self-portraits Van Gogh famously finger-painted with his favorite condiments. These candies include 70 types of truffles and lollipops crafted with real cocoa and without preservatives or wax. The chocolatiers also keep a rotating stash of 10 handmade gelatos on hand?popular flavors include triple-dark chocolate and toasted-coconut almond fudge?and offer several vegan and sugar-free options.
Before they were old enough to drive, vote, or legally fly a hot-air balloon, Len and Marc worked in the food industry. Marc started out making pizzas in junior high school, and at 19 he accepted a position as a head cook for the United States Air Force Officer's Club. Len's family, meanwhile, owned a series of sub shops—two of which Len ran for a decade. In 2007, the pair joined their culinary passion to create The Bronx Deli.
Their signature sandwich, dubbed the Big Mouth, features thick slices of rye bread piled with corned beef, pastrami, or oven-roasted turkey, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and russian dressing. The staff also crafts deli classics such as Reubens and egg salad, as well as beef-brisket and spicy-chicken sandwiches and a trio of paninis. They complement sandwiches with garlic pickles and Dr. Brown's or Vernors soft drinks. In addition to the menu, the eatery's interior also recalls a traditional deli: old photographs hang on the walls, and chrome leather-topped stools line a polished counter.
Dr. Aziza Askari's extensive training and gentle touch make her the cosmetic dentist of choice for nervous and unflappable patients alike. The staff at the studio focus on creating a spa like ambiance, practicing "calmistry", a technique used to pacify flustered patients. She and her team restore broken and stained smiles with veneers, crowns, and whitening treatments and maintain healthy mouths with cleanings and other preventative services. Lasers play a big role in the office and are used during procedures to reduce the need for drilling, gum swelling, and keep teeth clean. If the studio's spa-like atmosphere isn't enough to ease dentist chair jitters, she also offers oral and IV sedatives that make procedures feel like a nap in a giant mug of chamomile tea.
Zap Zone's eight locations in Michigan and two locations in Canada each feature a unique combination of attractions?anything from bumper cars to the Jump Zone's cushioned obstacle course. In the laser-tag arena, both kids and adults demonstrate their teamwork skills by outscoring opponents in fast-paced games that take place inside black-lit mazes of neon-tinged hallways. Arcades also round out every location's attractions, tempting passersby to drop a few tokens on racing games and skee-ball, or a lot of tokens on the claw game filled with Faberg? eggs.
Aim4A's mission is encoded in its name: armed with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience, its tutors help their students acquire skills and concepts, improve them through practice, and measure their progress, all for academic excellence. In systematically structured group and private sessions, kids can either catch up to their peers by finally mastering skills they've missed or jump ahead of the class with new concepts. Whether helping students get through third grade, ace the ACT, or earn their GED, instructors can conduct virtually all courses on a one-on-one basis via Skype, ideal for those intimidated by groups or cursed to turn anything they touch to gold.