A pink ‘59 Cadillac flips on its headlights and a waiter strides to the window. “What’ll it be, Mac?” This was the golden age of carhops, when root beer cost a nickel and Roy Allen and Frank Wright—A&W themselves—were in the midst of expanding what was once a simple root-beer stand into an international chain. Today, A&W continues to slake thirsts with their signature root-beer floats, accompanied by an expanded menu of classic American foodstuffs to inspire both hunger and nostalgia for the sock-hopping, roller-skating days of last week. Now, icy treats share space with hot dogs made from American beef, fried cheese curds of creamy Wisconsin white cheddar, chicken strips, and single and double burgers.
Fitness enthusiast and salsa dancer Jackie leads groups through energetic workouts that get exercisers amped up with high-energy music. An Aerobics and Fitness Association of America–certified instructor, Jackie helps guests shimmy off excess weight with Zumba variations—including Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, and ZumbAtomic—which build stamina and set heartbeats racing to the rhythm of Latin tunes. Jackie’s kettlebell-fitness sessions help guests tone full bodies with four-week sessions that get students used to heavy lifting and prepare them to rip church bells out of roofs in daring daylight heists.
When Daniel and Tirzah Hawkins tied the knot, they bore more than typical wedding-day jitters—combined, the couple carried more than 100 pounds of extra weight. Today, the pair of certified personal trainers have shed the extra pounds, but they remember their deeply personal struggles on the road to fitness. That’s why they established Where to Start, a haven for the out of shape and overwhelmed. Personal training, group fitness classes, and gym memberships jump-start workout routines and get clients moving, boosting health and overall wellness.
Winter pallor doesn't stick around long once a customer steps into Sun Station Tanning. The salon presents several different ways to get a sun-kissed glow: vertical beds, horizontal beds, and UV-free spray tanning booths. For the traditional route, staffers can help customers select different tanning lotions. They might also recommend one of the shop's fashionable bags or jewelry pieces, which go nicely with newly bronzed skin or those full-body suits of armor that are really in this season.
For 60 years, Wooden Nickel Pub & Eatery has served up hearty eats in a wood-paneled bar with games, live music, and the familiar ambience of a hometown hangout. The pub's cooks smoke, cure, and brine meats in-house, sandwiching them within breads baked on-site. In addition to slow-smoked prime rib, German sausages, and sizzling fried chicken, they simmer pots of jambalaya or shrimp and grits. Diners can find the same savory, homestyle food at a second location in Sublimity.
De Nova Coffee Cafe serves up a menu full of fresh café fare and eyelid-expanding beverages from both its relaxed café and drive-thru window. Specialty sandwiches such as the sourdough-hugged horsey beef ($6.95) or the turkey pesto ($6.95) are served with chips and a pickle spear, the only valuable weapon for fighting against condiment rebellions, and the cranberry-walnut salad ($6.75) feeds famished vegetable stalkers. Breakfast plates report to demanding tongues with a cargo of potatoes and toast and the choice of two eggs ($5.50) or two eggs and two slices of bacon ($7). Signature drinks include hot, iced, or blended versions of mochas ($3–$4), lattes ($2.75–$3.75), and cappuccinos ($2.50—$3.50), as well as hot ($1.25–$1.75) and iced or blended ($1.50–$2) coffee.