Since 1825, the Old Town area has seen both prosperous times and, for the second half of the 20th century, stretches of destitution. Within the last 30 years, dedicated locals have started turning Old Town back around, dropping its building vacancy rates from 90% to fewer than 10%, and establishing a slew of festivals, art venues, and boutiques. The Old Town Commercial Association plays its role in this cultural and economic renaissance by holding the annual Old Town Oktoberfest, a Midwestern interpretation of the traditional German holiday.
Over the course of two days, live polka bands provide a soundtrack for German-style dancing and festivities. Vendors pour German and European Oktoberfest beers from Spaten, Warsteiner, and Frankenmuth, and autumnal beers from American breweries such as Sam Adams and Blue Moon. Local restaurants serve authentic German dishes such as spaetzle, potato soup, frankfurters, and bratwurst throughout the fest, allowing visitors to taste the country’s staples without having to stow away in a UN ambassador’s suitcase.
Lake Lansing Family Practice’s medical experts attend to patient needs ranging from family medicine to personalized skincare. Dr. A. J. Ronan takes on wrinkle reduction as a certified-physician injector of Botox and Dysport, which can forestall frown lines for up to three months. The family practice's onsite skincare specialist oversees a barrage of other aesthetic services, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Antifuzz specialists vaporize unwanted hair with Syneron Comet laser technology, which combines diode-laser and bipolar radio-frequency energies to target and disable follicles—a successful pairing that rivals the time Fred and Ginger tap-danced on a giant peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.
The massage therapists at Advance Medical Massage understand that bodywork isn't just indulgent, but therapeutic as well. That's why they tailor their deep-tissue, Swedish, and signature medical massages to clients' wellness goals, which range from relief of tension and headaches to improved sleep. In addition to these traditional modalities, the team also offers less common techniques, including trigger-point therapy and hot-stone massages, which employ warm stones, descendants of the studio's pet rock.
Founded by jaunty moms Joan Blackmer and Kelly Ramirez, Jumpin' Jax provides 10,000 square feet of air-filled entertainment treating children, toddlers, and parents to seven inflatable bouncers, slides, and obstacle courses. Kids and their adult servants can mimic buoyant British barons in the classic jumping castle or compare fabric friction while racing down the 25-foot-long double slide. Obstacle courses like the Fire Truck 3-1 Slide and the 360-degree Adrenaline Rush II combine jumping, sliding, and climbing for the ultimate funfest or life lesson in angry kangaroo evasion. Toddlers being toted along on the inflatable excursion can enjoy a puffed-up play date of their own in the Laugh N Learn course, a special area designed specifically for pint-sized pouncers, and parents can feel assured knowing that all equipment at Jumpin' Jax is cleaned and sanitized daily.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure?the doctor who gave trainer Emeka Umeh this diagnosis unknowingly lit a fire beneath a patient already tired of his XXL-sized wardrobe. Emeka worked to overcome the unhealthy habits that had fallen into, completing hardcore workouts that eventually slimmed him down to a mere 10.3% body fat. With compassion for those in similar plights, Emeka now guides patrons of all fitness levels through intensive workouts designed to boost their metabolism and tone their musculature at Fit Body Boot Camp. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, drawing together innovative suspension training and battling ropes with primal strength-training techniques that hark back to when early humans first drove their Camaros out of the primordial soup. Over the course of camp, many patrons see slimmer physiques and beefed-up brawn emerge. In addition to leading boot campers, Emeka also offers personal-training services, conducts body assessments to chart his clients' progress, and outlines nutritional plans, pushing his patrons to live healthier lifestyles.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.