At the turn of the 20th century, bowling alleys routinely locked their doors for the summer, forcing bowlers to brainstorm alternatives. And so, in the early 1900s, a group of bowlers decided to tweak their pastime to accommodate off-season play, shrinking both bowling balls and pins. Modified rules allowed bowlers to roll their scaled-down balls three times per turn. And upon impact, the lighter-weight balls caused pint-size pins to skitter like a flock of ducks. Thus, duckpin bowling was born.
The accessible sport spread throughout the world and, near the peak of its popularity, found a home at Johnson's Duckpin Lanes in 1955. After undergoing renovations in 2009, the alley's synthetic lanes continue to delight duckpin bowlers all year long. The alley also entertains guests with an arcade, onsite snack bar, as well as personalized birthday parties, which unfold on weekdays and during weekend sessions of Glo & Bowl.
Voted the area's best place for tapas in 2012 by readers of the Valley Advocate, Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar swells with the aroma of Spanish small plates crafted by owner Sonia Blanco's culinary team. They craft traditional dishes with ingredients sourced from local farmers when available, serving up fried spiced potatoes and spanish veal and pork meatballs alongside modern creations such as tempura zucchini served with romesco sauce. Their menu also includes paellas, fideuas, and gluten-free, Catalan-style cr?me br?l?e, which guests can wash down with beer, sangria, or a wealth of white and red wine options from the dramatically lit stone bar. Orange and burgundy walls enliven Ibiza's lounge-like dining room, adding a celebratory spark to dinners, birthday get-togethers, and peace conferences between rival roller-skating crews.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, 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.
Dolce Vida Medical Spa features skilled injectors, as seen on the Style Network, performing injections with Botox, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse, and more. Highly-trained clinicians perform Venus Freeze body contouring treatments and a range of facial treatments, including Hydrafacials. Dolce Vida also offers IPL photofacials, hair removal services, massages, and an abundance of skin care treatments administered with products from Obagi and Eminence.
The Playwright's been serving classic Irish pub food and drinks since 1999. The menu features Irish specialties such as Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage, as well as burgers, nachos, and platters. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday they serve traditional Irish breakfasts, and of course the perfect pint of Guinness is always available. In addition to the pub, this spot also features outdoor decks.
Tuff Girl’s boot-camp workouts mold mealy muscles into fit physiques through high-intensity exercises that increase endurance and build strength. In the company of an encouraging community of women, fitness fiends will sweat, lift weights, power slide, and jump across pits of snapping crocodiles. Boot camp summons the powers of interval training to banish predictability, and varied workouts create optimal energy use by switching between exercises designed to keep muscles as confused as an American renting a car in London.