CiCi's Pizza fills appetite tanks of all sizes with a buffet menu of endless Italian eats ($4.99/person). Tomato sauce and whole-milk mozzarella decorate each pizza's made-from-scratch crust, while troupes of toppings, such as ham and pineapple, pepperoni and jalapeño, or buffalo chicken and horned prairie mushroom, crown the pie in combinations more classic than funyun binges and shame. Servings of pastas bathe in hearty marinara sauce, while three signature hand-tossed salads complement the full, fresh salad bar. Seal the meal with a slice of apple pizza, a frosted cinnamon roll, or enough warm brownies to build a to-scale model of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Powerhouse Gym Louisville fortifies fitness routines with an all-encompassing roster of exercise essentials sprawled across a 17,000-square-foot facility. Beneath its towering ceilings, dumbbells weighing up to 150 pounds headline a robust fleet of weightlifting gear, and treadmills and ellipticals from brands such as Cybex and Precor lead a fitness army comprising 40 cardio machines. In addition to its solo workout stations, the gym staffs certified trainers who pilot a weekly roster of group classes, chiseling muscles and burning fat during spirited boot-camp classes and Power Hour classes. Powerhouse Gym further bolsters workouts with onsite massages, custom training and nutrition plans, free WiFi, and words of encouragement whispered exclusively in sonnets.
At just 12 years old, studio owner Betsy Jones-Cooper stepped into her first yoga class accompanied by her mother, who, at the time, was a bit skeptical about the mind-body practice. As it turned out, yoga won over both mother and daughter. As an adult, she eventually discovered and fell in love with the Bikram style, a yogic variation that eventually inspired her to study directly under its founder Bikram Choudhury, complete a 500-hour certification program, and teach the 26-posture series at her very own studio. Over the next decade, her yoga interests expanded into other yoga traditions, including the more aerobic Vinyasa style, which links a continuous series of postures with mindful breaths, in addition to the active routines of Hot Fusion and Yoga Core. As she's expanded her classes, she's accumulated a team of passionate, fun-loving instructors and a database of more than 6,000 students.
The expert photographers at Louisville Model Shots bring their love for the frozen image with a variety of services. They snap shots of models, actors, and families in their 2,000-square-foot studio during photo shoots or let guests take the photos themselves at events with photo booths. To help truly extend their passion to others, they offer photography classes to students of all experience levels and to red-light cameras whose evidence keeps getting discarded at trial.
The Gumby-like founder and executive director of YOGAmazing, Chaz, is a certified instructor with years of impressive experience under his yoga mat. From developing the globally successful YOGAmazing Video Podcast on iTunes to being recognized by Yoga Journal, Chaz incorporates his effervescent attitude and passion for life into all classes. His airy, spacious studio is geared toward students of all skill sets. The class schedule includes nighttime vinyasa-flow yoga, early morning hatha, and a special Wednesday session exclusively for Groupon passes (though your pass allows you to take any yoga class you choose). You can view the complete schedule here.
Judith Kennedy Zinner, an artist profiled by the Courier-Journal in January 2013, helps students unlock their own creativity at Whet Your Palette. She guides groups through the process of painting subjects that range from Van Gogh’s Starry Night to photographs submitted by students. The studio provides all painting supplies and caters certain classes with refreshments, such as Crockpot cocoa, wine, and homemade pastries. Children's summer camps foster creativity in younger students.