Though hiding from opponents deep within the jungles and cave mazes surrounding ancient Incan temple ruins would normally induce acute panic attacks, it's actually part of the fun at LazerRush. After viewing an instructional film that covers the game's rules, players equip themselves with a laser-sensitive vest and phaser. Once inside the 5,800-square-foot arena, they slalom through dark and smoky corridors on missions to defend their base, conquer their competitor's base, and confuse as many vagabond cats as possible.
After each game, scores reveal where participants placed, which opponents they hit, and which opponents hit them in turn. Outside the arena, meanwhile, scores keep spectators abreast of the action inside, as do large plasma monitors that stream each game.
Yoga Motion fully embodies its name. Not only do the center’s instructors encourage fluid movements and flexibility in their students, they also tap into the business’s origins as a former traveling yoga studio. At its start, the studio’s instructors would bring their sessions to local spaces—a tradition that continues today as they bring their classes to local health clubs and beaches, in addition to hosting them at their permanent home. No matter the space, students learn to balance their breaths, increase flexibility, and tone muscles with yoga poses developed more than 5,000 years ago. Group classes are available for varying skill levels, and instructors also offer private sessions.
In addition to yoga classes, the facility also offers dance lessons. A dancer since she was 5, Elise McKenna mastered ballet during her tenure in the American Ballet Company and even danced in music videos by Michael Jackson and Rick Astley. While she is passionate about performing, she equally loves to teach and has been helming her own classes in belly dancing, burlesque, ballet, jazz, ballroom, and other forms for more than 25 years, or the amount of time it takes to pirouette around Jupiter.
Hilson Beauty Salon's licensed stylists and knowledgeable nail techs meticulously pamper exteriors with mani-pedis, stylish cuts, and silkifying conditioning treatments. As the stylists trim locks, they educate patrons on ways to style their new look and the most effective methods for counseling split ends into reconciling. During pedicures, guests recline on a massage chair as their toes luxuriate in a frothy soak before an expert aesthetician exfoliates calluses and dry skin with a scrub. Once they've groomed and hydrated cuticles, they'll prime digit canvases with a colorful application of chip-free Shellac or OPI polish before adorning them with nail art that is as elegant as a sculpture of Emily Post made from roofing spikes.
Having learned the ways of martial arts under seventh- and eighth-degree black-belt masters, Sparring World Champion Sandy Petitto took her talents and winning attitude to Newport News. At Petitto's Black Belt Academy, she's trained some of the nation's top students, as well as the nation's top instructors. In karate classes for kids, and martial-arts, taekwondo, karate and krav maga classes for men and women, students learn self-confidence and gain toned bodies and minds as they master punches and kicks. Xtreme Martial Arts courses fuse martial arts with acrobatics and aerobics, preparing fighters for surprise bouts with Mary Lou Retton, and American Taekwondo Association Combat Self-Defense programs turn the tables on assailants, as students learn to maximize their instincts.
Instead of withholding the secrets to healthy nails, the expert staffers at Polish Nail Bar do the unthinkable—they dispense them freely to all who sidle up to the black manicure bar that doubles as a social hub. Owner Crystal Davis and her team of technicians get to know each client personally during sessions by chatting freely as though they were catching up with long-lost friends or robot friends that were dropped in water. Each nail treatment occurs in steps, with manicurists tagging in and out for various parts of the procedure to apply their unique expertise where it counts. Mavala, a cuticle cream made in Switzerland, helps fingers and toes replenish much-needed vitamins and amino acids and delicate ghosts of scent drift from essential oils and jojoba oils. After clients leave, ready to raise their hands during secret-mission briefings with newfound pride, treatment areas and equipment are wiped down with hospital-grade disinfectants that evict lingering germs and odors.
At The Vineyards Trattoria and Pizzeria, chefs execute a playbook of distinctly Italian recipes that yield peppercorn-encrusted steaks, hand-tossed pizzas, and seafood and pasta dishes slathered in tomato and wine-butter sauces. While loading their forks with penne ala vodka, diners can complement bites with sips from the expansive wine list, which includes red and white wines from both Europe and America. The restaurant’s crispy pizzas strictly abide by the rigid standards of the Associazione Vera Pizza Italianas, which demands hand-pressed dough, pizza sauce made with tomatoes imported from Italy, and a permission slip signed by the Italian government.
While they wait for their tables, guests can pass the time at the full-service bar before taking their seats amid the dining room's parchment-colored walls and portraits of rustic Italian scenery. The Vineyards' catering services provision wedding receptions, birthday feasts, and corporate parties with tasty plates of baked ziti, chicken parmigiana, and baked eggplant.