The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
When Abner White opened Abner's Famous Chicken Tenders of Cordova, he had one goal in mind: "we take one thing and try to do it very well." More than twenty years later, his chicken tenders are still igniting cravings, made using the same recipe that he started out with. In addition to serving up individual plates at the store, Abner's takes on all sizes of orders to cater events ranging from graduations and birthdays to get-togethers to watch sports. The tenders are marinated and battered in Abner's homemade batter and served with dipping sauces made from scratch. Try them fried or grilled, served in a salad or wrap, or on their own with garlic bread and slaw.
Since 2006, the licensed and insured movers of 1st Class Moving Company have deftly maneuvered furniture and domestic contents between abodes. The moving experts also offer a line of packing supplies and a storage warehouse, where furniture and goods can safely reside during limbo periods between leases or when homeowners want to increase the difficulty of indoor games of hide-and-seek.
Bensinger's Fine Cleaners handles dry-cleaning emergencies with a wide range of services. The skilled staff of dirt exorcists unsoils, unsullies, and unblemishes items such as men’s shirts ($2.55) and pants ($6.20), women’s slacks and skirts ($6.20 each), blouses ($6.30), and chainmail pantaloons. Fragile silk, linen garments, comforters, bedspreads, tablecloths, and newspaper hats are handled with fragile silk gloves, and shirts are hand-finished and pressed instead of being recklessly tossed under passing steamrollers.
Like the jazz for which NOLA is famous, Mister B's cuisine provides a laid-back framework of savory spices and masterful preparation that let robust soloists such as fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks shine. Mister B's expansive menu features everything from crawfish étouffée ($5.95/cup) to savory home-style sides like turnip greens and black-eyed peas. Fans of fried fare will appreciate battered versions of pickles ($6.95), mushrooms ($6.95), green tomatoes ($6.95), crab claws ($8.95), and crawfish tails ($8.95). Fork lunch bites of Cajun pasta ($11.95), meat loaf with two veggie sides ($10.95), or grilled chicken bedded atop wild rice with veggies ($10.95) for a less crispy bite. Gnaw on one of Mister B's famous steaks, all priced according to weight and type, or epicuriously sample frog legs ($19.95 with two sides) and crawfish salad ($14.95). For dessert, settle down with a silken slice of key lime pie ($5.25) or New York–style cheesecake ($6.25). View the complete menu on the restaurant's Facebook page here.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Each locale's packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best using one of a full range of UPS shipping options, including next day air, ground, and international shipping. For those tired of the unwashable ink stains and toxic silver fumes that result from door-to-door printing presses, this Groupon can also be used toward any of The UPS Store's printing services, which include color and black-and-white copying, digital printing, and brochure and business-card production.