The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
Profiled in the Arkansas Times and on THV, Rock Town Distillery crafts small-batch artisan spirits using Arkansas materials. Local red winter wheat transform into vodka and gin, corn and wheat become the award-winning clear Arkansas Lightning, and charred white-oak barrels grown from Arkansasian barrel trees cradle young bourbon as it ages. Each day, the distillery hosts warehouse tours, complete with the grain-to-bottle production story of each spirit and tastings of all liquors at the end. The distillery has been named one of the 10 best Southern distillery tours by USA Today and one of the top 25 craft distillery tours in the U.S. by The Daily Meal.
As people bustle throughout the Promenade at Chenal's outdoor shopping oasis, RK Collections stands stoically at its center—a beacon of contemporary apparel, bags, and jewelry. Those who duck inside will be tended to by fashion-forward staff members who provide style consultations to highlight and enhance each customer's individual style with outfits pieced together from a rotating array of designer brands. Since RK Collections stocks only four to six pieces of each handpicked item, shoppers won't have to worry about wearing the same outfits as anyone else in the club or at their graduation ceremony. A fixture of Little Rock's fashion scene since 1985, RK Collections has continually kept its duds up-to-date with the current trends, landing it accolades from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Times.
A waiter, hands full of fresh avocado, peppers, and tomatoes, approaches the table. He expertly slices and stirs the ingredients in a lava-stone bowl with the nimble precision of a seasoned chef. Along with whipping up fresh guacamole prepared tableside, Santo Coyote cooks also grill sizzling fajitas, bake spicy seafood specialties, and roll freshly made tortillas that have been lauded by the Arkansas Times at two locations, with one recently opened on Pleasant Ridge Road. Meanwhile, bartenders blend their staggering selection of more than 100 tequilas into specialty margaritas beneath the metal sun sculptures that adorn the walls.
River Market culls high-quality goods and luxurious services from local merchants to treat out-on-the-town consumers to a memorable shopping excursion in the heart of Little Rock's entertainment district. With a discount card good until the end of the year, customers can hunt bargains inside participating stores without mastering difficult discount mating calls. Pick up a styling product at Joel’s Downtown, a brightly lit boutique salon in the 300 East Third building or alleviate aching backs with a sleek, ergo–friendly modern office chair from Workplace Resource. River Market Massage soothes knotted musculature after a strenuous day of resisting the merciless pull of gravity or lifting heavy boulders at the office. After browsing, relax and sip fine brews or varietals in the modern and mellow Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar or snack on the Le Petite Roche cheese dip or other delicious menu offerings at Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro.
The shelves of LifeWay Christian Stores brim with books, Bibles, and all manner of faith-based items to challenge minds and encourage souls. Customers can delve into books from a wide range of scribes, including a series of fictional fables by the New York Times bestseller Karen Kingsbury and the passionate, everyday theology of Crazy Love, penned by Francis Chan ($11.99). Beth Moore's James: Mercy Triumphs study bands women together to partake in deep discussion and to plan synchronized swim routines, and a plethora of Bibles in 10 translations includes study, children's, and gift Bibles, such as a faux leather pink-and-brown Zondervan ($16.99). In addition to finding Christmas gifts, customers can find stocking fillers for hard-to-please tots with a VeggieTales nativity, which allows kids to embrace the meaning of Christmas and use vegetables for something other than reenacting Star Wars battles on their plates ($22.99), and Willow Tree holy family figurines add serenity to December décor ($39.99). LifeWay Christian Stores are closed on Sundays.