The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
The Academy for New Musical Theatre began over forty years ago as the west coast branch of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and has now become the premiere place to study and develop new musicals. ANMT is a community of bookwriters, lyricists, composers, performers, and producers sharing a love of new musicals.
It’s not surprising that Chem-Dry boasts more than 4,000 locations around the world—it uses reliable cleaning agents that are both natural and effective. Its carpet-cleaning process leaves floors treadable in one to two hours with a simple mixture of carbonation and hot water that uses significantly less moisture than steam cleaning or an indoor fire hydrant. The nontoxic cleaner, which Chem-Dry calls The Natural, is safe to use around kids and pets. Technicians can also use a black light to hunt down pet urine spots for treatment, remove water damage, and extract grime from tile and grout before applying a protective sealant.
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.
The Nose Wine Bar collects rare and unusual vintages from across the globe, pairing bouquets with a range of hot and cold small plates amid the soft light of flickering candles. A rotating wine menu culls the creations of French, Italian, and Californian vintners and includes three-wine-tasting flights to tempt indecisive diners and three-headed wine critics alike. Rows of gleaming bottles line the walls as creamy leather seating surrounds intimate two- and four-person tables. On Friday and Saturday, live musicians vibrate wineglasses and awaiting eardrums with solo melodies.
“Dry-clean only.” These words on a garment tag can make people pretty nervous, resulting in hundreds of neglected sweaters, slacks, and dresses. Around the Block Cleaners confronts this issue head-on by offering free after-hours pickup and delivery for its dry-cleaning, alteration, and laundry services. Without the hassle of working around narrow business hours, customers can also drop their garments off themselves, which is an ideal solution for people whose commutes take them by the family-owned shop or who have a debilitating fear of deliverymen.