Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been buying and selling new and used sports and exercise equipment. They are keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Easton, Wilson, Nautilus and Schwinn, make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball, golf, soccer to lacrosse and football. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Nestled within the Sarasota Crossing shopping center, Tans Etc's 1,000-square-foot salon conjures a sun-kissed glow from highly sanitized UV and UV-free tanning equipment, lotions, and accessories. Eight UV beds gradually bronze limbs in either a reclining or standing position. Alternatively, Jamaican Mist spray-tanning solution is designed to leave skin evenly coated in a natural hue that, unlike a chameleon during fraternity hazing, doesn't streak or turn orange.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns swirling through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate, cheesecake, salted caramel, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Fresh strawberries, crushed Oreos, and gooey hot-fudge sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to be scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
True to its name, The Teahouse at Asian Arts offsets its exotic Asian concoctions with a Silk Road-inspired ambience of traditional Asian artwork and décor—right down to the mahjongg you can play at your table while waiting for your food. Your journey to the East begins with two items from the appetizer menu, such as crabmeat dumplings or yodofu, a tofu and vegetables mix that comes with dipping sauce and a clean bill of karma. From there you'll be free to pick your entrees from a massive menu of sandwiches and wraps, specials such as Hannah's wasabi mussels in miso broth, and soups and dumplings, which come in beef, crab, Mothra, and vegetarian variations. End your excursion with two sweet desserts, such as a warm pear crumble or ice-creamy Japanese daifuku mochi. In between bites, The Teahouse at Asian Arts will delicately hose down dirty palates with an Around the World flight of five infused sake shots; seasoned sake-sippers, meanwhile, can order an eight-ounce carafe of their preferred varietal. For added fun, a seasoned chiromancer will give you and your date a mini palm reading that determines your romantic chances, the number of kids you'll have, and exactly how many Shriner cars will be involved in your death tomorrow.
Licensed Zumba instructor Beth Golden—who also holds certifications from the AFAA, Red Cross, and PADI—leads easy-to-follow dance routines inspired by Latin salsa, merengue, and tango moves. A soundtrack of high-energy tunes and rolling r’s keep students motivated as she helps them shimmy off pounds with or without the help of muscle-toning sticks. She regularly changes up her dance routines to prevent boredom and keep feet guessing. In addition to group classes in the studio, Beth hosts private Zumba parties, taking her portable speakers and headset to beaches, parks, offices, or clients' homes to liven up special events.
The Sara Dance Center’s 1,750-square-foot ballroom resounds with energetic music from a top-notch sound system as the floating wooden floor cushions the enthusiastic movements of students taking one of Kelly Atkins’s classes. Equipped with a Wellcoaches wellness-coaching certification and ACE personal-training certification, Kelly delights in creating healthy relationships between the mind and body, putting her 25 years of fitness experience to use leading workouts that boast a holistic, meditative bent. To offer students a unique, well-round approach to group exercise, she leads Nia, a low-impact, high cardio session that draw from martial arts, dance, and yoga. Kelly also helms the Bone Builder series, a seven-week class of her own design that combines weight training with core-building Pilates and meditation to strengthen the spine. Starting with the feet, the classes target and strengthen different chakras and muscle groups. Other classes include the Playshop Series, which focuses on experimental exercises and guided meditation, and the SEEDS Group Coaching Experience, which cultivates an intimate community of meditators to encourage active dialogue between the students and Kelly.