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.
The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar. Here, amid, exposed brick and flat-screen TVs, craft brews and cooked-to-order Angus beef compete for the spotlight as guests crunch through baskets of fried pickles and jalapeño poppers. Protein-packed ingredients such as bison, turkey, and black beans form burger bases, which diners can customize with bacon, grilled pineapple, blue cheese, and more than 30 other add-ons. Instead of cleansing palates with miniature squeegees, the bar draws pint-size baths of Short's seasonal suds and Dogfish Head Brewery ale, and a soon-to-open second location aims to sate hunger and thirst.
In Western Africa, the caffeinated kola nut is a symbol of vitality, long life, and friendship. And these are the things Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge aims to embody. The restaurant and lounge is filled with the aromas of authentic African and Caribbean cuisine, from goat pepper soup and rice covered in beef stew to savory Moi Moi, a steamed black eyed pea pudding with onions and fresh-ground peppers. Frequent live music enlivens the space with the sounds of jazz and reggae, and sometimes comedians and poets take the stage.
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.