A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Visitors browse everyday and dress-up togs for boys and girls from newborns up to age 8 amid shelves of shoes and gifts for new parents. Flapper-esque headbands ($14) outfit adorable coifs with sassy flair, and a frilly Mudpie cupcake bib ($18) makes an ideal canvas for abstract paintings made with birthday-cake frosting. Flouncy pettiskirts lend themselves to twirls and curtseys ($45–$55), and toddlers’ bright couture rompers outruffle extroverted pineapples ($29.99). Boys can proclaim early allegiance to football, baseball, cowgirls, or noogie-dispensing older siblings with a range of rompers, sleepers, and socks ($14–$46). To pull outfits and midday meals together, zippered lunchboxes bear bold designs and optional lettering for a child’s name or cookie preference ($16.95+).
In a sunny office with large windows, veteran optometrist Glenn Boyd helms a team of qualified staff in ensuring clients' outlooks are crystal clear. Having tended to peepers since 1984, Glenn channels his close to 30 years of experience into each service he performs, including eye examination, diagnosis of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, and comanaged laser vision correction. Boyd's totally computerized Zeiss lens-dispensary machine pops out measurements and frame matches as quickly as a freshly baked gumball machine. To hold the lenses in place, the expansive store's walls are strewn with stylish frames that complement any face and adequately disguise most superheroes.
Saki Hibachi thrills diners with the pyrotechnic stunts of tableside hibachi cooking and sates appetites with authentic Japanese sushi and steak house fare. Show hunger a good time with theatrical hibachi dinners, which combine such mains as steak ($16), scallops ($18), mahi-mahi ($18), grilled veggie delight ($10), and filet mignon ($22) with clear soup, salad, a shrimp appetizer, hibachi veggies, and steamed rice. Raw and sushi options such as the Mimi Box, a gathering of the chef’s choice of 15 pieces of sashimi, seaweed salad, and micro greens ($26), burst with seaside flavor and overinflated deliciousness. Regionally named signature sushi such as the Hawaii roll, with crabmeat, cream cheese, popcorn shrimp, coconut, and eel sauce ($10), forge an artful meal atop the edible anvil of traditional rolls.
Kids often drive their parents up the wall, but at Urban Air Trampoline Park, they can just climb up the walls alone. At four locations throughout Texas including Mansfield, Frisco, Southlake, and their newest location opening in Rockwall in May 2014, trampolines line the floors and walls of enormous open spaces, providing several zones for visitors to jump, flip, and fall softly into hunks of foam. Activity areas may vary at each location, but they range from the Apex?a wide, sprawling space for freeform leaping?to the Bowl?a narrow pit designed for plenty of off-the-walls mayhem. Many parks also have spaces for toddlers to venture out safely as well as slam-dunk arenas and dodgeball courts, where both kids and adults can compete in familiar games without being weighed down by gravity's boring rules. This rich variety of activities has earned Urban Air Trampoline Park a bevy of attention and awards, including back-to-back "Best Trampoline Park" wins from Fort Worth Child magazine and a mention as one of Shape magazine's "Coolest Clubs in America."
Beyond the everyday action, some nights see the trampolines glow with neon lights as DJs spin, while toddlers take over the entire park on certain mornings for pre-school jump sessions. Groups can also reserve the trampolines for special events and parties, whether they're celebrating a kid's birthday or commemorating a coworker's retirement by bouncing him into orbit.
Burgers seared over an open flame, then doused in house-made pepper sauce. Po boys constructed from white hoagies and neatly sliced turkey and ham. These handheld meals characterize the offerings at Uncle Bo's Hamburgers & Deli, where both cold and hot sandwiches stack all-natural ingredients between chewy bread.
A full one-third pound of meat beefs up each grilled burger, served with fries and available with toppings such as bacon, blue cheese, and chili. Deli sandwiches range from hearty reubens on rye to lighter turkey wraps with sprouts and tomatoes, as well as offerings that set sail on wheat bread or tucked inside of croissants. House-made soups warm bellies to prevent locals from walking around with hot potatoes in their sweatshirts' front pockets, although the eatery also slings spuds loaded with bacon, cheeses, and broccoli.