Although painting is a solitary experience for many artists, it becomes a color-strewn party at ArtJamN. Enthusiastic staff members encourage participants to interact, inspire each other, and even collaborate on the same canvas. Painters are outfitted with a bevy of paints and textures that add dimension to magnum opuses and make it easier to crawl into someone else's painting and take a nap. Both regular painting sessions and private parties introduce burgeoning artists to a cornucopia of artistic styles as they intermingle and sip from their own stash of adult beverages.
Like a beacon of fitness, Envision Memphis sits atop the historic Cadre Building in downtown Memphis. There, personal trainers await to whip clients into shape with boot camps, yoga classes, and one-on-one sessions. Visitors working out alone keep equally busy. Cardio and weight machines tone muscle alongside body balls, and ample floor space allows for plentiful pushups or spontaneous break dancing. In addition, a full-size boxing ring with padded safety equipment hosts full-contact kickboxing practice.
Fitness Plus is small enough that the friendly staff knows your name, but big enough to prevent any Three Stoogery amongst exercisers using the free weights. After one of Fitness Plus's friendly workoutsmen gives you your orientation (call ahead to book your orientation session), you'll be free to run miles on the cardio machines, bench press pounds on the weight machines, or sweat out hurt feelings during a class in Fitness Plus's spacious group exercise room, which has a state-of-the-art sound system and a specially engineered cushioned floor to protect you from injury and pro-wrestler attacks. Fitness Plus offers step classes, Pilates, and cardio every week; check out the schedule to see what's going on.
Outdoors Inc. is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear and apparel. With a vast stock of goods from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'teryx, and more, there's no shortage of trustworthy items to layer atop your torso, snuggle inside of, or grapple with over a sheer cliff's face. Socks from Smart Wool (up to $20) protect the other end of the human form in a variety of sweat-wicking, cozy options. Customers can pack a peck of pickled peppers in a purse from Kavu ($40 and under) or slip safely into a pair of women's classic argyle Uggs ($140). Find all sorts of accoutrements, from Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayaks ($749), Arbor Slater Koa skateboards ($179.95), and North Face venture jackets ($99) to Vibram FiveFingers Bikila shoes ($100) and perennially fashionable headlamps ($50) in time for your annual hiking trip into the Pacific Ocean with the nature-ready goods at Outdoors Inc.
Bounceria brings the party to its clients, delivering inflatable slide and bounce houses to private events, in addition to themed party packages. Parties can have the inflatable bounce houses brought to them or host their event at Bounceria fun center, which encourages guests to take breaks at the face-painting station or to refuel with cake and pizza. Beyond the fun and games, Bounceria also strives to encourage healthy eating and exercise at a young age. Inside their headquarters, guests can find a rock-climbing wall, and there's a personal trainer on staff to help reinforce healthful lifestyle and recreation choices.
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Battlefront Laser Tag & Paintball turns 20 acres of woods in Shelby Farms Park into a competitive arena for firing paintballs and aiming lasers at opponents in matches for up to 100 people. In a more lifelike version of the most recent Call of Duty game, outdoor infra-red laser-tag games may be played with 5- to 8-lb. all-metal military guns—made to emulate 69 different weapons such assault rifles, sniper rifles, submachine guns, and handguns. Lighter-weight weaponry designed for younger players is also available. In paintball skirmishes, participants don protective face masks and compressed-air tanks to snipe out foes in a refereed game.