Happy Cup's owners opened the business because they wanted to serve customers a frozen treat that was not only tasty, but also healthy. So they created a self-serve frozen-yogurt shop whose staffers crafted frozen yogurt from scratch daily using organic milk, yogurt, and sugar, as well as all-natural flavors. The proprietors quickly realized that people craved tasty, healthy food all the time—not just as a treat—and Happy Cup now fills that need.
Mornings there start off with a cup of organic coffee and organic steel-cut-oat oatmeal, a Greek yogurt bowl, or an anti-oxidant-filled açaí bowl. Greek yogurt bowls are available in flavors such as peanut butter + jelly, pistachio + dark chocolate, as well as cucumber + olive oil + pita chips. Açaí varieties are offered in flavors such as Amazing Almond and the SoCal, a made-from-scratch açaí sorbet with peanut butter, bananas, and almond milk topped with banana, hemp granola, cacao nibs, and honey. Lunchtime tempts taste buds with vegetarian wraps made with organic ingredients, as well as freshly baked goods. Happy Cup also satisfies with fresh fruit smoothies, which can be filled with protein-heavy Greek yogurt.
Jump PT’s personal trainers and instructors fearlessly lead the way on a quest for fitness with students or adults of all different body types, be they athletically trim or overweight, 11 years old or 60. During group classes, the instructors focus on arming students to excel in the company's 10 domains of fitness, which include such pillars of health as strength, coordination, stamina, and balance. Alternatively, they can customize personal-training sessions to help clients meet their personal goals. They even travel to homes and offices to conduct sessions with students or adults in the privacy of a familiar environment. Once healthy habits are established in class, the instructors can recommend meal plans to accelerate results. For those who miss a class or can’t make it to the gym that often, the staff fills its blog with daily exercises, the occasional fun picture from the gym, and videos of cats with ripped abs.
Owner Rob Manosca started practicing yoga in hopes that it would be an effective conditioning program for his men's volleyball team, but what he discovered instead was a lifelong passion in its own right. Transformed by the Bikram yoga experience, he trekked to Hawaii to undergo teacher training. Today, Rob and his staff help budding yogis harmonize body and mind through hot yoga classes that incorporate a series of 26 poses. In 105 degree heat, participants stretch muscles, stimulate blood flow, and strive for a meditative mental state.
The GolfPlex at University of North Florida's Hayt Golf Learning Center boasts a comprehensive golf training facility that can introduce new golfers to the game or help more advanced players take their skills to the next level. Power Tee range technology automatically replaces range balls after each swing at 40 adjustable tee heights, allowing golfers to hit more balls, maintain stance, and develop rhythm. As players swipe balls off of a synthetic Fiberbuilt strike mat, the Power Tee machine logs the number of hits, and a half-inch standing mat cushions carefully planted stances or victory laps around the stall. GolfPlex's experts also provide a full spectrum of instruction including lessons, camps, and player development programs that can focus on short-game or full-swing skill sets. An onsite golf shop keeps players properly outfitted with apparel and shoes from Nike and matches them with fresh new clubs or reshafts old, broken-in ones.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Green Lotus Studios' professorial artisans are soap makers, herbalists, and aromatherapists who teach classes in their fields of expertise. Acolytes can expect to craft soaps and lotions with wild-harvested ingredients, make their own kombucha or cheese, or whip up flu-battling herbal stews. With an average class size of 6–12, students enjoy plenty of student-teacher interaction.