In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Staffers roaming the 8,000-square-foot of Petz Place often pause to greet regular shoppers and their pups by name. The friendly associates also do their best to spot first-time pet owners so they can direct them to essential items and share tips on how to train their new companions to sit, stay, and greet them at the door with cocktails in paw. They only stock premium items, including durable pet toys and beds, as well as a huge selection of natural and raw pet foods. They also house a colorful community of birds, reptiles, and tropical fish within fetching distance of care products and equipment. In addition to helping keep pets healthy and clean, the store entertains pups and their owners with visiting photographers and, at Christmas time, photo ops with Santa Claus.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Eleutheria Wellness Center's family-oriented healing haven helps adults and children to achieve inner and outer well being through a variety of therapies, including yoga, speech therapy, massage therapy, behavioral treatments, and cosmetology services. Each employee bears special training and licensing in one or more specialized fields, such as the occupational-therapy practitioners who help children with disabilities to develop fine-motor, visual, and sensory skills. Kids who need a helping hand in honing their social skills can learn to better communicate with their parents and stubborn imaginary friends under the guidance of staffers skilled in applied behavior analysis. A packed schedule of mixed-level yoga classes features strengthening, flowing practices, and more meditative sessions, providing a well-rounded approach to mind-body fitness.
Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.