Founder Linda Taix has one mission: to help clients achieve the ultimate positive change in body, health, and spirit––without half- hearted crunches. Employing a team of certified personal trainers and former military personnel, Linda's civilian-style fitness boot camp was featured on Good Morning America. Linda modeled her six-week boot-camp sessions after a real military boot camp, with an enlistment phase to gauge fitness levels and one- hour classes that blend military exercise drills, resistance training, and plyometrics with cardio activities such as obstacle courses and double-dutch jump-rope contests against local youths.
Cutting out traditional boot-camp yelling and huffing, the team fosters a supportive and motivating environment for students of all skill levels. Furthermore, Extreme employs nutritionist and fourth-degree black belt Jake Nelson to guide clients with diet advice and personal consultations on how best to break a board with a honey-glazed ham.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
The all-mother staff at Bellies, Babies & Bosoms know everything there is to know about breastfeeding. Their certified lactation educators share their knowledge in free support sessions for nervous new moms, and with the purchase of every breast pump, they include a complimentary training session to ensure that the mother understands the pump’s mechanics and the steps needed to produce chocolate milk.
Within the store’s pastel-hued walls, delicate chandeliers and gleaming wooden floors set a serene mood. Moms drop in to browse the boutique’s array of maternity and baby clothes, diaper bags, and toys, many of which are crafted with organic materials or bamboo, making them safe for curious babies and fashion-forward pandas alike. In addition to their work helping new mothers get acquainted with breastfeeding, they regularly donate to family-focused charities.
Even though the menu at Oceanview Restaurant showcases international accents, the cooks never stray too far from the familiar flavors of comforting home cooking. This soulful approach shines through in dishes such as the herb-crusted pork chops and flatbreads topped with shredded chicken, grilled red onion, and tangy barbecue sauce. The menu has room for plates with a bit more flair?a glaze of wasabi-ginger sauce tops the sesame-crusted tuna and coconut shrimp arrives with a sweet mango chutney.
Oceanview Restaurant's ambiance mirrors the cozy spirit of its cuisine. Framed pictures of landscapes and nature scenes adorn the custard-hued walls, although the restaurant also entertains diners by occasionally hosting performances by local bands, DJs, and standalone keyboards possessed by HAL-9000. Outdoors, a shaded patio area surrounded by blooming flowers offers al fresco seating options.