Lions Gym is a full-service fitness studio with a full battery of free weights, weight training machines, and cardio machines, classes, and a complete set of gym amenities such as lockers, showers, scales, towel service, and more. Vanquish Valentine's Day chocolates or establish a new, lasting routine with a full month of curls, presses, and cardiopulmonary turbo boosts. Lions' dedicated staff is always available to give encouragement as well as advice about how to burn calories without releasing greenhouse gasses.
Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She’s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show’s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop’s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
Universal Color's trained technicians adeptly custom-frame family heirlooms, archive precious memories, and restore dilapidated photos to display condition. Expert framers secure wobbly prints with more than 900 custom-framing options ($50+) that safeguard photos from errant baseballs and grasping plants with liberal interpretations of photosynthesis. Weathered photos can undergo light restoration, which removes stains, mends rips, and banishes acne scars ($46). Technicians archive stray imagery onto CDs ($89.99+ for up to 400 photos, plus $5.25 for an archival CD), converting photos into 1s and 0s that can be easily sorted or surreptitiously exchanged for more valuable 2s and 3s.
Third-generation barbecue master Willie J. Bridgeforth III, owner of Willie B.'s Memphis BBQ Catering, has traveled from Mississippi to Memphis learning to prepare authentic southern barbecue for catered events. The business-luncheon menu ($9–$12/person) boasts five combo options with seasoned meat that marinates for 24 hours, smokes for eight hours with three woods, is basted with an 18-ingredient sauce, and scored a 1430 on the SATs. The combos sate luncheon-goers with two side dishes, including creamy coleslaw, Memphis mac 'n' cheese, or Susie Q.'s southern baked beans. Generous helpings of cornbread help sop up leftover sauce from crispy chicken, pork chops, or racks of pork ribs that can form the centerpiece of a corporate get-together or post-LARPing dragonfeast.