Since she was a teenager, Sandy Davenport’s determination to stay physically fit has earned her a resumé full of accomplishments, which include authoring her own fitness and lifestyle manual, designing corporate-wellness programs, and winning the Ms. Alabama Bodybuilding Championship twice. After a car accident left her injured, she discovered Zumba's invigorating, low-impact fitness system to keep herself in shape while she recuperated. Her fascination with the fun, energetic workout inspired her to become a dance-fitness instructor, seeking out training from Zumba architect Beto Perez.
Today, Sandy calls upon her extensive training and experience in Latin and ballroom dance to lead exercisers of all abilities through Zumba's fun, easy-to-follow dance moves. In her studio's friendly, judgment-free environment, students feed off the contagious energy of pulsing music with Latin and international dance moves while cutting rugs to reach their fitness goals.
Top of the Hops Beer Festival Stretching along the northern Gulf Coast, The Wharf Marina serves as the picturesque venue for the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, a celebration of the craft-beer industry. Abita Brewing Company, a Louisiana outfit known for its large variety of seasonal and flagship brews, joins local sponsors, including Maggie's Bottle & Tail and Alabama Gulf Seafood, in hailing the beloved concoctions made of barley, wheat, and hop leaves known for their ability to inspire Elizabethan conversational skills. The festival introduces patrons to tastes of more than 150 craft brews and offers a variety of beer-related seminars.
Mattress Direct and America's Mattress give somnambulant snoozers a place to rest weary heads with comfortable, supportive mattresses and sturdy box springs. Drift off on a Serta Perfect Sleeper, a mattress coaxing numbered lambs into soothing slumber for more than 75 years. Each mattress features an ultra-soft top and back-friendly firm springs below (twin mattresses start at $414, box springs start at $135). Couture catnappers can snag a Vera Wang mattress for a fashionable 40 winks, with the choice of traditional innerspring or all-foam models, all crafted with careful attention to detail and style (mattresses start at $689, box springs start at $160). Customers can catch Z’s on a luxurious iComfort mattress, a dream-deliverer constructed of memory foam and supportive gel to whisk heat and tension away from reposing bodies. Because the shop is offering a special on select twin mattresses ($79–$99 each), this Groupon can assist mattress misers in hoarding up to four beds-to-be or cushiony improvised sleds. All Serta mattresses also include a doze-defending warranty.
Technology has brought us a long way since the stone age, but the human race has turned an epochal corner with the flyboard—a sort of aquatic jet-pack that straps to the feet like a wakeboard. Dreams of flying take a step towards reality with the waterproof gadget, which propels riders through the air and sea at a thrilling speed. While the sight of flyboard-rider is breathtakingly surreal, the act of actually captaining the device is quite straight-forward. The savvy staff of Orange Beach Flyboard demystifies the spectacle with quick lessons on flyboarding before releasing their daredevil clients attached to a 55-foot hose. Orange Beach Flyboard boasts that most riders catch on in five to ten minutes, after which the fresh flyboarder can tilt their feet to move through water and sky like the baby of Ironman and a tetherball.
It must have been kismet. Mitch Rotolo?s last name means to ?roll? in Italian. As in to roll out dough. And that is exactly what Mitch did, founding his first Rotolo?s Pizza in 1996. His blossoming pizzeria?with 26 locations and growing?treats customers to pizzas crafted from housemade dough and sauce made fresh daily. The chefs top crusts with creative mixes, including a bacon cheeseburger pizza and the Muffaletta pie with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami, and olive salad. They also roll out an 18? crust with 10 different toppings that weighs a total of 5 pounds and feeds six people?more impressive numbers than seen at the Hulk's NFL tryouts. Pastas and warm sandwiches round out the menu.