Kidz Zoom stands as a testament to the dreams of Karen Snead, a mother who worked passionately to erect the kid-friendly inflatable play place. Her daughter, Rashida Traywick, now takes charge of the open space, which houses inflated playscapes on which children cavort and decide just how many bags of candy belong in a 401(k). The yielding, bouncy structures beckon all manner of jumping and sliding, and a massive, inflatable throne can backdrop whimsical photos. A party room, where young ones might enjoy cake and pizza, can grant a reprieve between bouts of bouncing. Meanwhile, a toddler area is framed by a welcoming inflatable bunny and themed with inflatable snails and large mushroom caps.
Serving all subspecies of fitness nut, from moderate enthusiast to Shake Weight prophet, Body Mechanix is home to a certified, passionate staff and more than two dozen weekly sweat-and-grunt-powered fitness classes. Today’s deal lets you choose any 8 sessions from 11 separate classes that tone bodies of all shapes, ages, and Bill Nye the Science Guy–tattoo preferences. Classes include Core Pilates, a 60-minute session that promotes strength and flexibility, and Silver Sneakers, a 45-minute cardio-heavy course for exercisers 64 and older. Most classes last 45–60 minutes, except for the abs workout, which takes only 15 minutes to start fashioning prominent abdominal muscles just in time for pleather swimsuit season. Check the website for an up-to-date course schedule.
Dogs enjoy many of the same luxuries in life as their bipedal friends, including affection, proper grooming, and ample time to relax. At Animal Motel's Good Doggie Daycare, staff members are present 24/7 to see that pets get top-class treatment. Air-conditioned quarters include 72 cages and sanitized stainless-steel bowls. In the kennel, a refrigerator stocked with prepared meats and canned foods causes more canine salivation than the church bells at Ivan Pavlov's wedding. Music keeps dogs entertained as they roam three playgrounds or hop in the swimming pool. Good Doggie's groomers also bathe, brush, and style pups, preparing them before the nation’s annual dog-yearbook photos are taken.
Feathernesters' proprietors, Marc Goswick and Tony Turner, scour their local farmers' market for fresh produce and eggs they transform into elegant spreads that have earned praise from RVANews. Marc, an avid gardener and cook, draws on homegrown recipes handed down from his mother and grandmother to craft the tasty creations found in Feathernesters' bakery. Among these creations, the signature buttermilk pie reigns supreme, earning a mention in Richmond magazine for the care Marc takes when making each pie fresh by hand every morning.
During afternoon tea, fingers emerge from their bowling-ball hiding places to pluck sandwiches and fresh scones from a two-tiered tea tray as loose-leaf tea blends steep in personal pots, peppering the air with floral aromas. Brunch in the tearoom plays host to a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat goodies, including baked Virginia apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, seasonal fruit, and Southern cheese grits. After meals, patrons can peruse Feathernesters’ 5,000-square-foot shop laden with vintage jewelry, handmade folk art, and hand-painted furniture arranged in displays designed by Tony. Marc and Tony also welcome parties to the tearoom, with events for all occasions from bridal and baby showers to tea parties for children aged 5–10 and child-sized cornhusk dolls.
The Richmond SPCA unites cats and dogs with loving human companions through a variety of services, including adoption efforts that place more than 3,500 pets every year. The organization transfers pets from municipal agencies where they may otherwise be euthanized and gives them medical treatments, and they also take on pets from owners who can no longer care for them. Additionally, to lessen the strain on already overcrowded shelters and keep pets in loving homes, the organization provides a Pet Pantry with food assistance, a full-service affordable veterinary clinic, and behavior-training resources for owners struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their pets. Other services include school and summer programs that teach youth how to properly care for a furry friend, as well as Paws for Health, which arranges pet visits for people in isolating environments such as hospitals and nursing homes, and Seniors for Seniors, which pairs people with older companion animals.
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