After obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, Kristen Nicole Hall seemed destined for a medical career. But after 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics, she couldn't shake the desire to share empowering, rhythmic routines with others—and an aerial-dance and flirty-fitness studio provided just the right venue to share her dream.
More than 15 classes are scheduled per week at Studio Goddess, including pole- and flirty fitness workouts that help participants bolster confidence and climb up trees quickly when confronted by a prowling wolf pack. Sessions such as Pole-Lates and Shake Your Abs blend dance and muscle-toning movements, and various pole-fitness levels progress students from basic spins to upside-down high-fives. Private pole parties teach small groups to twirl around the studio's 14-foot poles while celebrating special events or simply helping to "unleash the goddess" in each woman.
An indoor rock-climbing gym, The Ascent resides inside a cavernous, warehouse-like building where the angled walls are studded with handgrips and gravity challenges participants on every ascent. The facility's top-rope walls stretch as high as 32 feet, and angled walls bevel off into challenging overhangs where chalky-handed patrons cling tightly during ropeless bouldering runs. When opening the gym, owner Jeff Hess—familiar with the passion of bouldering enthusiasts—made sure to leave room for a 2,500-square-foot bouldering area, now located in the center of the large open space.
Jeff's efforts to foster community through climbing have lead to some unique fusions at The Ascent. The new auto-belay system enables climbers to climb without need for a partner. Additionally, a partnership with neighboring Crossfit Murfreesboro now affords The Ascent's members a bonus benefit, access to Crossfit’s cardio and weight-training facilities.
The massage therapists at Milestone Massage & Spa welcome any curiosity about their profession, and go to great lengths to answer clients’ questions and put everyone at ease before 30- to 90-minute massage services. A consultation determines which techniques will best address clients’ specific needs, including chronic pain and sports-related soreness. The stable of therapists is well-versed in more than a dozen massage modalities, including Swedish, characterized by flowing strokes, hot stone, characterized by heated rocks, and aromatherapy, characterized by the soothing scent of french fries. The sessions, long or short, can yield a bevy of benefits that range from decreased anxiety to improved concentration. In addition to massage, the technicians expunge toxins with seaweed and kelp body wraps.
Seven Embassy Dental hubs chase a single mission: to enhance smiles safely using state-of-the-art technology. The accomplished dentists that staff each office preach preventive health care and regular hygiene as a way to stave off more serious issues, although Embassy does employ an oral surgeon, endodontist, and orthodontist just in case. All procedures follow safety guidelines as outlined by the American Dental Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and articulate fire extinguishers that sit in the corner of each office. The dentists can further highlight healthy smiles by treating teeth with the Zoom whitening method, which brightens them an average of eight shades in 45 minutes.
GO USA Fun Park enthralls visiting families with abundant racing, gaming, and putting attractions strewn throughout its indoor and outdoor facility. A fleet of 20 go-karts stands ready to hug the turns and gun down the straightaways of a nearly quarter-mile-long track. A fully lit 18-hole mini golf course challenges werewolves building immunity to silver putters, and 30 golf tees equipped with coverings for rainy days or cold weather allow for skill-building practice shots. Batting cages enhance swinging skills with hard- or softballs approaching helmeted craniums at slow, medium, or lightning-fast speeds. The indoor arcade brims with an array of video and redemption games, with nifty prizes awaiting homes behind an overflowing counter.
Mitchel Loveless teaches at sporting-clay venues such as Nashville Gun Club.
Mr. Loveless supplies rental shotguns, boxes of shells, and targets.
In 2010, Mitchel Loveless II became the youngest person ever inducted into the Tennessee State Trapshooting Association's Hall of Fame. A crowning achievement to be sure, but Mr. Loveless was already accustomed to awards. He started shooting trap at the age of 10, and he placed in or won dozens of shooting competitions for years after that. Even his gun is experienced. Mr. Loveless has used his Kolar combo shotgun to fire more than 250 rounds to date.