Books Through Bars, Inc. provides free reading materials for prisoners across the country. Every month, it receives more than 120 letters from prisoners requesting books. The organization responds by sending donated volumes from individuals, libraries, and community organizations, making selections based on the stated preferences of the inmate. Reading the books provides a productive activity for the inmates and can help them develop politically, spiritually, and academically during their time in prison.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Rhode Island outpost of Paul Mitchell the School boasts a squad of student coiffure-carvers and professional instructors. Under the close supervision of an experienced professor of pulchritude, Paul Mitchell student stylists perform a wide selection of services, including creating cute cuts ($12–$17), up-styles ($26–$28), and applying chemical relaxers to tame tendrils ($32+). Salon manicured ($5) nails bedazzle during costumeless finger-puppet recitals, and skin benefits from a make up application ($15), deforestation eyebrow arch ($8) or lip wax ($5). Though not included in this Groupon, a plethora of high-quality Paul Mitchell products are available for purchase and 15% off to customers on the day the redeem their Groupon to continue at-home pampering, providing a first-date souvenir for you and your new ’do.
Todd Sullivan and Tim Daley, the brewmasters at Pioneer Brewing Company, brew their golden mixtures of fresh hops, malts, and barley into an eclectic array of frothy beers with a focus on freshness and community. Each of Pioneer's beers⎯including the American nitro stout, American pale ale, and spring doppelbock⎯are brewed to not only meet their own exceedingly high standards, but particularly the high standards of their friends, regulars, and the local beer lovers who bathe in it. Todd and Tim relish their microbrew status and 150-acre Hyland apple-orchard setting, and plan to stay small in order to continue the tradition of crafting only the finest brews for themselves and their community.
The instructors at Fit Club believe that getting in shape should be fun. That’s why each of their cardio classes, such as Booty Beat, Flirty & Dirty, and three types of Zumba, are designed to engage cores and slenderize frames while keeping the mood upbeat and invigorating. Even the boot camp puts a joyous spin on the otherwise strenuous routines associated with boot camps, emphasizing positive reinforcement rather than shouting and intimidation. Small, 15-person boot camps keep things personal, encouraging interaction and mutual motivation between students.
The taut canvas sinks under the weight of two sock-clad feet, stretching its coiled spring fasteners to their limit before rebounding and jettisoning the acrobat skyward. High-flying stunts abound at The Trampoline Place, where 10 competition-style trampolines let gymnasts and fun seekers attempt new airborne flips, spins, and toe touches. The gym boasts safety harnesses and pads to provide a safety net for those trying out new techniques, and the USA Gymnastics–certified staff offers lessons for those trying to bolster their trampoline skills.
Throughout his years as a firefighter and EMT, American Heart Association-certified instructor Chris Albro lends a hand in countless medical emergencies. He and his fellow emergency workers are often the first on the scene of an accident, and have training in a number of situations to care for those in harm’s way, no matter the threat. In addition to helping those in need, Chris decided to embark on a new mission—teaching others how to help those in need.
As Ocean State Safety's head instructor, Chris now also ventures to clients' homes and businesses to lead emergency classes that prepare parents, grandparents, and professionals for a multitude of emergencies. His CPR/AED certification classes show students how to provide basic medical aid to others and earn them two years of AHA certification. Basic Life-Support sessions teach techniques for a slew of medical situations, and HAZWOPER lessons equip students with the know-how necessary to handle hazardous waste in their workplace and wine stains on shag carpets.