Krystle Lee grew up riding horses, and when she got to college at William Woods University, her love of equines only deepened—so much so that she wound up graduating with a degree in Equestrian Science. Now a member of the American Riding Instructors Association, she also runs Suncoast Stables, a barn specializing in show training for American Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Roadsters.
Open to students ages 4 and up, Krystle’s riding lessons unlock the fundamentals of styles including English horseback riding and driving, which mostly involves riding a horse while spinning an imaginary steering wheel. Her summer camps cover similar basics, making each lesson more memorable with an added infusion of arts and crafts. No matter the season, the barn’s spacious boarding quarters house four-legged residents that enjoy two feedings per day, automatic waters, and a daily turnout.
Citrus Park Billiards' expansive showroom encapsulates 5,000 square feet of hand-finished bar stools, sturdy billiards tables, and other game-room furniture. Deck out rec rooms with a Heritage corner cue rack, equipped with cup holders and space for cues and two ball racks and coated in a rich wood finish to fool nearby houseplants ($149). Guests can swivel in a classic backless bar stool—hand-rubbed with wood finish and lined with black faux leather ($239)—or convert Thanksgiving dinner tables into full-contact competitions with a table-tennis top and game kit ($299). Game gurus can also apply the value of this Groupon toward pool tables or shuffleboard sets, which can be used for friendly sport or to weigh down large pieces of paper such as the Magna Carta ($1,599+). Decorate and equip existing game rooms with a full range of accessories, including cue racks, billiard lights , and complete equipment sets.
Eliminating the time wasted in line waiting for a car wash, ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa resuscitates sullied vehicles while they're parked in designated lots, freeing the drivers up to get other things done. ProntoWash's consideration for the customer's time is mirrored by its commitment to the environment–cleaners wash vehicles with less than a pint of water on average, using a Washing Kart which creates a low-pressure spray made from water and no-foam detergent.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.
Some customers choose from a colorful array of cookies, donuts, and other delectables on a tiered and crystal-encrusted dessert tray, while others relax and enjoy floor-to-ceiling murals of a picturesque countryside in the indoor dog park. None of them, however, happen to be human—such is the focus on luxury at Royal Pets Market & Resort, where boarding, grooming, training, and adoption services are overseen by an experienced staff. After pampering treatments such as aromatherapy baths or moisture-therapy wraps, dogs and cats can be outfitted from the wide selection of collars, foods, toys, and apparel in the expansive store.