The Benton Family Farm has come a long way from its 1941 founding, when its only assets were two mules. Four generations of Bentons have flourished along with the farm, which, at its height, sustained more than 100 head apiece of cattle and sheep. Now the plot hosts students and families, the rumble of an austere John Deere tractor hearkening to the golden age of farming. Hay-filled wagons full of visitors trundle around the land year-round, dropping them off to learn how to shear a sheep, milk a cow, or belittle a pig. In the fall, the farm comes alive with brisk-weather activities, including pumpkin picking, corn-maze ventures, and tours through a circa-1901 haunted house.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
The practitioners at In Shape MD guide wellness-seekers through medically supervised diet and anti-aging programs. For their custom medical weight-loss plans, they take data harvested during an initial exam, lab tests, and games of Guess Who, and then use it to build a nutrition plan and personal-training regimen. Weight-management tablets, protein supplements, and B12 and lipotropic shots enhance dieting efforts. The medical experts also track weight-loss progress and provide support for participants through weekly weigh-ins and vitals checks. Guests can also choose weight-loss enhancements à la carte. B12 and lipotropic injections, as well as bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy for both men and women, are always available to increase energy, relieve mood swings, and enhance overall well-being.
Though Kim Boardman was a flourishing musician who played in prestigious national orchestras, behind her tooting clarinet thumped the heart of a dancer. Kim spent 12 years of her childhood avidly studying dance at local studios and the respected Interlochen Arts Academy, but eventually put away her pointe shoes to pursue a career as a clarinetist. Unable to shake her passion for movement, however, Kim began taking dance classes as an adult, and earned certifications as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Though she continued to teach a variety of fitness classes, she found the most happiness in teaching dance.
Today, she draws from her professional understanding of music and movement to teach classes through Cardio Dance Party, which has received praise from Cincy Chic. Here, she is joined by a staff of seasoned instructors and fellow dance aficionados, leading students of all abilities through high-intensity dance moves as popular music sets bodies in motion. Much like a rollercoaster operated by your childhood babysitter, her dance classes are designed to be fun rather than frustrating, dull, and repetitive.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.