Rompy the dog doesn’t just wag his tail at children in Romp n’ Roll, he also leads them in group singing and dancing. Whether in life-sized or puppet form, the indoor playground’s floppy-eared mascot serves as an invaluable teaching aid for instructors in developmental, parent-assisted classes. Nurturing minds and muscles in small groups, teachers lead babies, toddlers, and children up to 5 years old through educational activities based in movement and gymnastics, art, and music, emphasizing the skills necessary to grow up big and strong like their favorite school crossing guard. Each week, classes focus on a chosen theme—such as pirates, zoo animals, or superheroes—which children explore through stories, open playtime, and group activities. Staffers also open the gym’s padded arena, filled with jungle gyms and trampolines, for open play, as well as themed summer and winter camps.
A family whose love for flora spans three generations, the Stadlers started their plant-growing endeavors back in 1932 when Paul Stadler began gardening for clients in Georgetown after emigrating from Switzerland. Soon, they opened up a small landscaping-and-gardening center, and today—more than 75 years later—Stadler Nurseries has grown to populate 340 acres of fertile land where they propagate native plants, landscaping shrubs, trees, roses, and more than 700 varieties of perennials. A staff of horticulturists and enthusiastic green thumbs helps visitors navigate the vast greenhouses and outdoor gardens, offering tips on how to prune leaves, fertilize soil, and teach plants how to roll over on command.
Warriors duck and weave through rainbow-colored obstacles, huge wooden spools, and thickets of trees, all to evade opposing players shooting at them with high-powered paint markers. The farm grounds transform into Torrid Paintball Sports' battlefield, where players engage in scenario games and tournaments with the latest markers and gear.
Offering easy, once-a-month delivery, DrinkMore Water is a locally owned and operated outfit that gives homeowners access to clean, clear, BPA-free drinking water that has passed through a 10-stage ultra-purification process that removes more than 99.5% of all contaminants, including chromium. With today’s Groupon, technicians will outfit homes with one white hot-and-cold Crystal Mountain cooler with a spillproof top, along with five BPA-free five-gallon bottles with built-in handles. DrinkMore’s fast, friendly water wards will also return a month later to replace any empty bottles with up to five containers of aqua pura.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
When one of the cofounders of Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa was diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, her doctor put her on the most aggressive chemo and radiation therapies available. As her immune system fought the cancer, her body absorbed the side effects. A longtime friend recommended acupuncture to counteract the suffering; though she was initially skeptical of the holistic procedure, she agreed to give it a try. After just one appointment, she felt her senses awaken. Further treatments permanently changed the way she looked at health care, making her feel like a brand-new person and convincing her to share her discoveries with as many people as she could.
At Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa, she does just that, combining venerated Eastern wisdom with professional spa products to deliver healing massages and rejuvenating facials. Within earth-toned treatment rooms draped with russet curtains, massage therapists ease muscle tension and redirect chi—the energy that regulates the body’s functions and suppresses its natural appetite for hangnails—with focused acupressure techniques. Thalgo facials employ marine botanicals, such as regenerative algae, to nourish and hydrate complexions.