Before teaming up in 1953, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins were seasoned business owners with their own ice-cream shops. The words “unusual varieties” shone high above each shop, signaling their respective owners’ passion for anything but an ordinary dessert experience. When the two got together, it was natural that they’d adopt the theme of “31 flavors,” one for each day of the month. Since then, Baskin-Robbins has introduced more than 1,000 flavors and opened shops with more than 5,800 franchise owners worldwide. Even their little pink tasting spoon has become a staple as a way to make flavor browsing an event by allowing guests to try specialties without paying cash or chicken-based trade for the privilege.
Each year, the coaches from Kiddie Soccer introduce thousands of children between the ages of 3.5 and 6 to the most popular team sport in the world—soccer—through safe, fun classes in a constructive environment. For the first 50 minutes of each session, groups of up to 12 kids engage in team-building games such as Red Light Green Light or Sharks and Minnows to build physical and cooperative skills and, above all, have fun. Kids then split off into teams for a 10-minute friendly competition, enjoying themselves while learning teamwork under the coach's watchful, supportive eye.
Because of his own firsthand experience with back pain, Doctor of Chiropractic Paul Marston is able to offer a truly sympathetic ear to his patients and help them with their ailments. With the help of chiropractic care, Dr. Marston was able to avoid surgery for three herniated discs, so he is a firm believer in his methods. In addition to spinal adjustments and friendly pats on the back, he and his team also offer physical therapy, massage therapy, and high-tech muscle-stimulation treatments that warm up taught tendons to reduce muscle spasms.
Boasting a resume that lists AFAA fitness certification and more than 25 years of experience teaching in the workout world, Maryann King invites students of all ages and sizes to abandon their preconceived notions of exercise and shimmy their way to wellness in fun, party-like Zumba classes set to Latin-inspired beats. In addition to offering traditional Zumba Fitness, she leads Zumba Toning sessions, which throws in light free weights and strength-training routines.
As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.