As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Bless Your Heart's twin locations bustle with vibrant, colorful goods that celebrate beauty and femininity. Paisley purses mingle with socially conscious Toms shoes and fashionable duds and accessories from brands including Miss Me jeans, Yellow Box, and Kendra Scott. Jewelry and artwork crafted from local artisans share space with embroidered cowboys boots and handmade lassos to steal the show at the next rodeo. After whirlwind shop-a-thons, visitors can relax on the porch of the Bracken Village location, which resides in a restored 100-year-old red barn that's witnessed more history than a time-traveling archaeologist.
Operated by the volunteer-based nonprofit Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, The Book Cellar houses an extensive collection of used fiction, nonfiction, reference books, magazines, and media for purchase at extremely low prices, usually $0.50 to $1. The wares themselves have been donated by the library, and proceeds from the sales support library programs and activities such as the Summer Reading program, satisfying patrons' philanthropic side while indulging their tendencies toward bibliomania.
The Denver Center Theatre Company, housed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, is a Tony Award-winning resident theater company (1998 Special Regional Theater Award) that stimulates dormant staging urges with a mix of world-class Broadway and professional theater shows. Ruined is a powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama penned by playwright Lynn Nottage. Amid a Congo, rife with civil war, Ruined examines the conflict of Mama Nadi as she struggles to protect her bar and her friends while surviving the harsh environment of a country torn apart by combat and Michael Crichton.
While winter is the best time to engage in "Internetainments" such as solitaire, lonelitaire, and playing charades with your mirror, today's deal will get you back out into the physical world for a little human interaction. For $27, you get one ticket to see the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Ages of the Moon at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea (a $65 value). You can use your Groupon to see any performance during the show's run (January 12 to March 7, 2010), so long as there are tickets available. Check out the theater's calendar of show dates and times here.
Back when a circus tent still hovered above Mount Olympus, Zeus spent afternoons there teaching his flying manticore to catch lightning bolts. Behold divinely inspired aerial feats with today's deal: for $33, you get a premiere-level ticket to see Lookingglass Theatre Company's Hephaestus (up to a $58 value) at the Goodman Theatre on any of the dates listed above. Premiere-level seating puts you on the mezzanine or the ground floor of the Goodman, close enough to feel the breeze or catch kisses blown by an airborne acrobat.