For more than two decades, the assemblage of professional dancers and instructors at The Ballet Conservatory have taught little ones the skills necessary to plié into fully-formed dancers. They have met with so much success that, as recently as April 2013, the school sent a troupe to New York City to compete in the YAGP International Finals. Though the focus is on pointe and ballet, the conservatory delivers performance-grade instruction in a diverse array of disciplines, including hip-hop, jazz, and tap.
In what they describe as both a "perfect business match" and an "ongoing battle," Johnny G's Restaurant owner Julie Ali and her husband, Aref, create comforting dishes that meld Italian and Cajun influences. Though they don’t always see eye to eye, the mother-and-son team often meets on the common thread that runs through both of their cooking styles: seafood. Their shrimp ravioli smothered in a spicy, creamy garlic pink sauce serves as a tasty example. All of Johnny G's dishes and sauces are made fresh in the kitchen each day with seafood that is delivered alive rather than frozen by the glares of vengeful squids.
Be polite, patient, alert, brave, respectful, and do your best. These are the six principals that instructors at American Masters Martial Arts teach to every student who comes through the door. Each class begins with a recitation of these principals before meditation. This instills a sense of purpose and discipline in each pupil, which is as crucial to the instructors as the self-defence techniques they teach during classes. As for the courses themselves, the studio focuses on taekwondo, hapkido, kung fu, kobudo, and tai chi. American Masters also offer yoga classes that focus on the mind, body, and spirit during therapeutic sessions that can improve posture, alignment, and movement.
Six principles guide courses at American Masters Martial Arts. These principles—which include politeness, bravery, and respect—ensure that students come away not only with martial arts skills but also with a sense of character and integrity. Instructors specialize in seven martial arts styles, and while some courses are sports-oriented, others focus on self-defense. Whether learning hapkido, tai chi, tae kwon do, or personal safety techniques, students earn a well-rounded education that encompasses both physical and mental goals.
Sixteen televisions—including a massive 120-inch projector—broadcast sports games from the walls of Rusty Beagle Sports Grill. Beneath the glow of games in action, bartenders mix cocktails and pour 22 draft beers into glasses. While guests keep an eye on the game, the kitchen staff is hard at work sculpting half-pound burgers from fresh beef that's never been frozen, unlike the unluckiest people ever to visit Jamaica. They also add flavor to the burgers by piling on bold toppings such as roasted green chilies or sriracha aioli. Cooks also toss chicken wings with piquant sauces, cut potatoes by hand for french fries, and sprinkle peanuts and bourbon sauce over ice-cream sundaes.
Dryve Cleaners spruces up delicate duds with laundering and dry-cleaning services, and frees up overbooked schedules with complimentary porch-side pickup. Peripatetic washer-persons collect soiled vestments from residential verandas, returning them, like a thief with a fundamentally flawed concept of burgling, the next day. Unsoil sartorial sidekicks, including shirts ($2.95), pants ($3.55), dresses ($5.75), and two-piece suits ($6.95) with the dry-cleaning service, or throw old-fashioned laundering into the mix for less finicky frocks ($1.70 for a shirt, $3.95 for pants).