Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression?she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura?s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego?s foamy beaches to Denver?s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest?s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
At E.R.V. Dance Studio, students can summon their inner Fred Astaire in motivational group dance classes. Experienced instructors offer tips and demonstrate moves to help students execute classic ballroom styles that include the waltz and tango, along with sultry Latin dances such as the cha cha, salsa, and merengue. Private lessons, meanwhile, provide more personalized one-on-one instruction for individuals or couples. The spacious studio also makes a great venue for private dance parties or kids' birthday parties, which feature a DJ and dance instruction from a competitive hokey pokier.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
A stable of free weights and kettlebells greets guests at Full Motion Fitness, prepared to do its duty to remake visitors? physiques at the command of motivated gym-goers or experienced trainers. Staffers propel clients toward fitness goals during personal-training sessions or group classes that range from boot camps to sports-conditioning training. Led by coaches who have played on the professional level, they help clients improve speed, strength, and acceleration, focusing on sports such as basketball, football, track, and baseball. Lone exercising wolves can execute their own fitness regimens in the TV-lined main gym space, which brims with equipment for raising heart rates and toning muscles, including treadmills, TRX suspension-training straps, and selectorized weight machines. In addition to hosting workouts, the studio gives clients the tools to achieve full-body wellness, including skin treatments such as microdermabrasion and chiropractic services, which can ease chronic pain and melt stress faster than a sauna powered by glowing compliments.
Hopkins Tavern gives customers plenty of reasons to stop in, offering 32 local, regional, and craft beers on tap and pub fare ranging from wings to cheese curds. But the staff knows how to keep patrons entertained as well as satiated. Along with daily happy hours, the tavern hosts birthday beer bash Fridays and bar bingo nights. Twins fans can look forward to watching each game live on the bar?s TVs alongside the affordable drink specials that flow during each live game.
Conversation at Mainstreet Bar & Grill moves in buzzing orbits around pool tables, live musicians, and big-screen and projection TVs broadcasting Minnesota Viking games. Banter slows to a halt as half-pound burgers and chicken sandwiches arrive with occasional adventurous twists, such as sliced pineapple or Cajun spices. Button-tufted red leather booths line one wall, where patrons chow down under railroad crossing signs and vintage soda signs. Thursday nights acoustic open mic shows let songwriters try out new songs when cover bands aren’t performing past hits or reading aloud from Elvis’s partially completed crossword puzzles.