Seven days a week, the partner laundromats hum with the whirring of high-efficiency washers and dryers. Boasting more than 30 years of business, the Chevy Chase location fields a skilled staff that erases blights from duds with 46 single, double, and triple-load washers and 28 dryers, and enables patrons to convert bills into coins with convenient onsite change machines. The laundromat purveys soap, bleach, and fabric softeners. The staff augments this shopping-while-washing experience by entertaining waiting guests with video games, complimentary WiFi, and—remarkably—a standup tanning bed, inside of which, naturally, is a comedian. Alternatively, the Suds 'N Duds location boasts advanced credit-card-operated machinery that washes loads of up to 90 pounds at a time in as little as 40 minutes and treats freshly bathed garments to a complimentary dry. The laundromats also grant customers a free dry with every wash and offer reward points, which—when saved up—can be exchanged for money to use on washing machines and drying machines.
In addition to self-service laundry, both locations offer same-day drop-off services. Their professional staff sorts, washes, and dries clothing using premium detergent and softeners before folding them into neat piles or intricate seersucker airplanes.
For more than 65 years, Barbara Ann's School of Dance has offered lessons for pupils aged 3 through adult. When the students pass through the school's pink doors, expert trainers immerse them in the art of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and more. Besides confidence, they instill dancers with coordination, poise, and grace. Since fun is a big part of dance, they also offer ballet-themed birthday parties where girls aged 3–8 can try on more than 100 costumes and face-pirouette into cake.
Jill Johnson's lengthy list of job titles includes registered nurse, personal trainer, licensed Zumba instructor, and Pilates teacher, to name just a few. As the owner of Lexington Pilates, she regularly proves her mastery of exercise at Zumba and Pilates classes. She also leads classes at requested locations throughout the city, such as aquatic exercise at local pools and lunchtime Zumba sessions at corporate offices.
When not playing with her five grandchildren, Angela Cucolo is a competitive bodybuilder and the owner of Personal Best. With more than 20 years of experience as an instructor and personal trainer, Angela channels her considerable fitness and nutrition knowledge into helping her clients achieve their goals and lead long, healthy lives. In addition to personal and paired training, she and her staff lead boot-camp and kettlebell classes—both high-intensity interval-training classes. They round out fitness regimens with yoga and Pilates to stretch physiques, strengthen cores, and help guests improve their Gumby impersonations. They can also supplement workouts by helping clients map out detailed meal plans and form nutritious eating habits.
ZONE believes in practicing functional movements, that is, doing exercises that make everyday life easier. While sessions are held in groups, instructors tailor workouts to each person, giving it more of a personal-training feel. The high-intensity exercises are designed to keep students engaged so they don't get bored. Students can track their progress on the monitoring system that tracks data, and they can glance at one of the TV screens scattered about to see which "zone" their workout efforts have put them in.
As a busy student at the University of Kentucky, Nathan Spitz needed a quick and effective workout that he could squeeze into his demanding schedule of classes. That was how he discovered CrossFit—an innovative fitness program that involves an ever-changing tapestry of high-intensity workouts consisting of functional movements. Nathan Spitz became so enamored with the exercise form, he went on to pursue a CrossFit instructor certification. Today, he's a coach at CrossFit Maximus.
With three locations in Lexington, a 9,800-square-foot facility on Palumbo Drive, a 7,000-square-foot facility at National and North Ashland Avenues, and the new location at East Vine and Rose Street, CrossFit Maximus boasts onsite massage centers, a childcare center (not available at the National Avenue location), CrossFit classes, ZONE classes, and nutrition classes. During sessions, they draw from the gym’s arsenal of functional strength-training equipment, including free weights, medicine balls, and slack lines. Through group training and support, the team strives to create a communal atmosphere where everyone knows your name and a supportive space where everyone refrains from menacingly whispering it in unison.