Many gyms are essentially adult playgrounds where grownups run, jump, and sweat with their friends. The trainers at Pure Athletex Sportsplex take that idea one step further, complimenting their 1/8-mile track with a custom, adult-ready jungle gym. They challenge members to complete exercise circuits blending climbing and swinging with more standard cardio and strength training. They take on whole groups of students in regularly scheduled exercise classes ranging from yoga to TRX suspension training and Zumba. They torch even more calories with nationally renowned Les Mills group aerobics, which ramp up heart rates through time-tested methods of high stepping or releasing vipers into the classroom.
When not helping members achieve their general health goals, the trainers turn their attention to more sport-specific training. They offer speed and strength conditioning geared toward multiple games, but their headline sport is tennis, for which they host an entire academy with indoor and outdoor courts. They invite members to relax as well as work with an onsite, health-focused restaurant and juice bar called Pure Hospitality.
Popcorn-N-That’s explosive technicians stoke hungry stomachs with more than 20 varieties of made-from-scratch puffs. Hard-bodied kernels are air popped into snowy swans, which are then stowed in bags designed to ambush sweet cravings with sticky kisses. Confectionery caramel corn—constructed to the specs of a half-century-old family recipe—shines both solo ($9.49 / lb.) and as the backbone of numerous decadent variations. Wear your heart between your molars with black-and-gold candied Burgh bits ($11.50 / lb.), or sic sweet teeth on a kerfuffle of carmelized puffs, almonds, and coconut tangled together in chocolate ribbons ($12.49 / lb.). Monthly limited-edition flavors celebrate seasonal changes, such as August’s camp-fiery s’mores bites and September’s back-to-school blend of caramel-apple corn, drizzled with white chocolate and graphing calculators.
Channeling the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood gathering place, Dive Bar & Grille is not your typical watering hole. Inspired by local area corner bars, Dive Bar & Grille offers a relaxed twist on local nightlife, providing an all-inclusive dining and late night experience, giving guests no reason to leave.
Mamma Lucia dishes out Sicilian-style pies and fresh Italian eats in a rustic, inviting space. The large 18-inch thin-crust pizza (a $12.75 value) becomes a fetching table centerpiece after being adorned with a single topping (a $2.50 value) such as pepperoni, mild pepper rings, anchovies, or diamonds. Keep free hands occupied by dunking the garlic knots (a $5 value) in an accompanying dipping sauce (a $0.50 value). As the meal nears a close, the crisp, sweet shell of a cannoli (a $3.25 value) sends off diners with luscious suite of vanilla and a tearful speech about staying in school. Guests congregate on Mamma Lucia's convivial outdoor patio, where they're free to take advantage of the restaurant's BYOB policy.
Waltz past Woodside Manor's wall of stained glass dating back to 1594, hand-carved oak staircase, and 20-foot pink-sandstone fireplace to take a seat in one of the manor's nine private dining rooms before examining the menu of seafood, sandwiches, pasta, and creative American classics. Woodside's chef Robert Courser turns French fries into elegant pomme frittes, served with thyme, salt, and spicy ketchup ($5), and replaces corndogs' dogs with shrimp and serves the cornshrimps with mustard cream ($12). Bite into a classically prepared Reuben's peppery corned beef and spicy sauerkraut ($9), or invite new flavors to mingle at your tongue's soirée with a chicken diablo sandwich: mushroom, onion, bacon, barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9). Marsala and piccata are available with veal or chicken ($14–$18), while more seaworthy plates include Chilean sea bass ($30), lake perch ($18), and lobster mac 'n' cheese, crafted with cognac, sherry, a Mornay sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, cheddar, and gruyere ($18).
Naturally Soergel's the area's premier source for organic, natural, gluten-free and allergen-free foods. We offer over 900 gluten-free products and our staff is highly knowledgeable on specialty diets and are open to helping anyone who may have a question!