Dedicated to promoting overall well-being through personal training, nutrition counseling, and stress-management programs, Absolute Wellness Group's staff consists of professionals including fitness instructors and a licensed massage therapist. Clients can swing by one of two locations for fitness boot camps alongside therapeutic services such as reiki, acupuncture, and massages. Absolute Wellness Group also regularly hosts an assortment of programs, including running programs designed to help runners of varying experience levels improve their cardiovascular endurance without actually having to spell "cardiovascular."
Originally founded in 1860, some of Broad Street Market's first customers were the 300,000 Union soldiers who passed through nearby Camp Curtain during the Civil War. Today, the long-established market—recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974—caters to a more local crowd with 25 different vendors whose wares take up three city blocks. Visitors can pick up organic and locally grown produce, bring home freshly prepared meals, or acquire new covered-wagon carburetors. Historically, different nationalities and ethnicities flocked to the market, and this diversity among guests and merchants continues today, as noted by a 2011 feature in the Huffington Post. Boasting Indian, African, Japanese, Haitian, and French cultural influences, the market's vendors may be indoors or outside, depending on the weather.
Vibrant music blares across the dance floor, setting a frenetic rhythm for colorful lights to follow as they illuminate swaying hips and torsos. Though this scene calls to mind a particularly boisterous party, it also accurately describes instructor Alicia Gurdus’s evening Zumba classes at Stallions Entertainment Complex. During classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students of all fitness abilities convene under Alicia’s guidance to sweat out their calories to the tune of Latin-inspired dance music. Having lost more than 60 pounds through Zumba, the licensed coach now helps students tone their bodies with dance moves that include sidesteps, shakes, and cha-cha slides across a slippery pool of salsa.
The Pennsylvania Heritage Society helps preserve the Keystone State's history, art, and culture through its coalition of museums and historical sites, as well as professional development programs for classroom teachers. Pennsylvania Heritage Society family-level members are bolstered with benefits, including free admission to Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission historical sites and museums for two adults and any offspring and grandchildren under 18. Browse the farmland at Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, learn about the French and Indian War at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, or walk in the steps of William Penn at his recreated country estate, Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville.
The Irishness of Ceoltas Irish Pub is unmistakable. From the thick accent of owner and Ireland-native Des Conboy to the woodwork designed and built by Irish craftsmen, the pub is proudly steeped in its cultural inspiration. In addition to creating an authentic Irish environment, Ceoltas serves Irish pub staples such as shepherds pie, fish 'n' chips, and pints of Guinness.
The pub complements its old-fashioned look with live music that blares across two stage areas and events on the third-floor open-air bar. Here, chest-high plants surround about a dozen tables. The tables are barrels, though, topped with what resemble the ends of large cable spools. A glossy wood plank caps the cobblestone bar, and speakers line the walls just below the open air above, sending modern hip-hop tunes retro-translated to ancient Celtic over crowds of revelers.
Robert Anthony's stylists and aestheticians administer hair, nail, and skin treatments in an alabaster-white salon accented with light-hued wood furnishings. Styling chairs face floor-to-ceiling mirrors where hairdressers manipulate tresses with professional products by brands such as Redken and Pureology, and nail stations are situated in front of expansive windows that reveal river views. During massages, clients lie comfortably in private treatment rooms as therapists knead away muscle tension and worries, which slide off the table to be later swept up by the evening cleaning staff.