Even though it was built as a filling station in 1931, The Pumphouse made the wise decision to swap out gasoline for pub-style American cuisine ranging from housemade fries and club sandwiches to three different kinds of chicken wings. Its kitchen also whips up signature 8-ounce burgers topped with bacon, chili, cheese, and rings of jalapeño, whose heat can be mitigated by ice-cold drafts of Boulevard Pale Ale. A vintage "lubrication service" sign hangs over the bar as a cheeky nod to the building's past, which is also represented by vintage pumps, cinderblock walls, glass garage doors, and other automotive ephemera.
A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
The freshly redesigned 1,200-square-foot space at Gem Bodii sets students of all levels at ease as they shimmy, spin, and twirl toward leaner bodies and more confident selves under the watchful eye of instructors. Pole-anchored rooms with hardwood floors make a fitting space for bachelorette pole parties or a distracting place to study for bar exams. Small class sizes keep the setting comfortable, allowing students to perfect routines filled with tricks and spins that will please and amaze crowds.
Distance runner Tony Estes has dashed across the finish line of 18 marathons and countless other races. Nowadays, at Fitness In Training, he shows others how he did it during running and walking training programs for 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and marathons, the running craze that started as an ancient Greek prank. For less cardio-minded workouts, Estes dons his personal trainer cap for one-on-one workouts.
Founded in 1994, Hickory Creek Ranch immerses riders and horses in an idyllic natural landscape, further solidifying the bond between man and animal on the trails and pastures. During trail rides, visitors set off across more than 40 acres of grassy pasture in the early morning or early evening—the time when the sun streaks brilliant colors across the sky, fauna roam the woods, and horses won't miss their favorite mounted-police show, CLOPS. After setting out, steeds meander through regions of dense forest home to wild flowers and trees as well as blue heron, red-tailed hawks, and wild turkey. Along the route, white-tailed deer may even bound across the fields as frogs croak improvised jazz melodies at the pond.
Back at the ranch, students of all experience levels learn horsemanship or improve their skills with private and group lessons or summer camps. Collectively, the trainers and instructors at Hickory Creek have amassed more than 30 years of teaching, showing, and breeding experience—a pedigree that has spawned numerous regional and national champions from past protégés.
Karen Nicholas knows firsthand the struggle of trying to fit fitness into a daily routine. In fact, her own personal-training certification was delayed by a new development in her personal life?pregnancy, to be exact. Now a busy mom, the namesake of Karen Nicholas Personal Training LLC helps other busy clients keep in shape with flexible exercise options. Whether she fits in a personal-training session before your morning meeting or invites you to bring baby along to Stride and Ride stroller fitness class, Karen never fails to accommodate any schedule.