At Masters of Cosmetology College, apprentice aestheticians practice their newfound know-how by spiffing up customers with soothing spa services. First, the neophyte pamperers—who are supervised by state-licensed instructors—will deep-condition clients' hair and scalp with a moisturizing lotion, setting them under a steamer until their eyes turn red to show that they're done (a $15 value). A few scissor chop-chops will unleash a brand new 'do as the students test their tonsorial talent on visiting heads of hair (an $8 value). Then, they'll use an exfoliating ultrasonic brush to deal with dry skin during a Clarisonic facial (a $16 value) and back facial (a $14 value) before delivering a full-body massage (a $25 value). A skin-caressing makeup application (a $10 value) and a finger-tickling manicure (a $5 value) are like the icing on a cake made of daydreams about cake. While the seven services can be spread out over two days, lunch from a local restaurant is only provided once (a $10 value).
Fort Wayne Ballet began pirouetting in 1956 to enrich the community’s arts offerings with dance instruction and performances. Beginning with its inaugural performance of Cinderella, the ballet company has performed timeless pieces including The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. In addition to its shows and classes, Fort Wayne Ballet maintains strong links to the community, which is evident in its theme: everybody dances. The Ballet works to find adoptive families for dogs through the Muttcracker program, produces trading cards with dancers, I&M linemen and players from each of Fort Wayne’s minor league teams, and stages three main stage productions and three Family Series performances per year.
The neighborly nourishers at Beamer's Sports Grill whip up an extensive menu of homemade tasties amid the comforting glow of 12 high-definition sports-showing screens. A charming cast of muscle-bound meats populates each All-Star Platter ($8.49), including the chicken strips and cheddar nuggets. As you take in a little college football, NFL action, or mixed martial croquet, test the flame-proof fortitude of your flytrap by snagging your choice of Beamer's fiery hot-wing sauce ($5.49 six-piece, $8.99 12-piece, $10.99 18-piece). Otherwise, challenge a friend to a game of digestive pinball by shoving a savory Beamer burger ($6.49 quarter-pound, $8.49 half-pound) into your coin slot. Indiana State Representative Phil GiaQuinta casts his vote for his namesake rib-eye sandwich, the Phil-E Steak ($7.99), and protein proposals such as the all-meat pizza ($13.49 12-inch, $17.99 16-inch) await ratification from the state senate's cheese majority.
Malibu Tanning darkens dermals with five levels of tanning beds and rayless spray tans overseen by a Smart Tan–certified staff. Rookie tanners can stretch out in the level-one Sunstar bed ($5/session), which bathes baskers in light from 100-watt bulbs to coat skin with base tans. Level-two Solaris and Sundome beds ($10/session), level-three SolarForce, Sun Shower, and Sunboard beds ($15/session), and level-four Ergoline and Sunscape beds ($20/session) each increase bark-browning with stronger bulb wattage, and the level-five Velocity bed ($25/session) packs a powerful pigment-boosting punch with 18 1,000-watt bulbs, an open-air design that keeps the bed breezy, and an FM radio preprogrammed to play nothing but hits by KC and the Sunshine Band. Bronzers can avoid UV rays entirely with sunless spray tans ($35/session), available at all eight locations.
Led by a co-ed team of experienced coaches, Crossfit South Bend cultivates a supportive community of fitness seekers. Designed by exercise expert Greg Glassman, Crossfit aims to get bodies into shape with a system of constantly changing functional movements, such as pushing, pulling, running, or levitating, all executed at a high intensity.
After meeting with a trainer to discuss goals and physical condition, students ease into the program through the on-ramp course, laboring through increasingly difficult exercises while paving the way for chiseled physiques. Once initiated, clients leap headlong into a packed schedule of group sessions, heaving kettlebells and flipping tires, or even representing Crossfit South Bend in sports and strength contests.
At Action Park Paintball, paintballers of all skill levels square off in bouts of simulated warfare on 23 acres of outdoor fields. Tire towers, inflatable obstacles, and Mother Nature's secret hide-and-seek spots provide cover for players engaging in shootouts, all of which are moderated by on-field refs. Action Park's 8,000-square-foot indoor arena ensures play can continue even in inclement weather. The facility also hosts regular tournaments and has a winter league for paintball teams. Open-play hours take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.