Spanning across 3,000 square feet, a New York loft-like setting with brick walls gives way to padded black floors, both spaces teeming with energetic exercisers and knowledgeable instructors. Students are led through a variety of group classes for all fitness levels, with high-energy cardio workouts to be found in the Zumba classes or coed kickboxing classes that pummel 20 hanging kickboxing bags. Other classes include kickboxing under blacklights, called glow boxing, cross box, kick boxing, cardio confusion with a mix of cardio and strength training, ab lab to focus tightening cores, yoga, barre 90, and pole technique. A high-tech sound system blasts motivating tunes as guests work out in groups or at their own pace, using the free weights, Bosu balls, and step benches as tools for chiseling their physiques.
Mary Starring realized her goal of helping local artists step into the spotlight when she opened her gallery in 2005. Since then, Mary's space has featured the work of more than 50 talented creators, each showcased during Northville's First Friday Experience. This monthly after-hours collaboration by the town's merchants unites the community in appreciation of the work of these local artists. To further highlight this local talent, Starring populates her shelves with their art and gifts—elegant, locally blown glass, original paintings, and stylish jewelry. A regularly rotating selection of crafts helps returning customers find the perfect birthday present or replacement for a macaroni necklace they mistook for dinner.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
At Seung-ni Fit Club, natural light flows in from large windows to illuminate punching bags, free weights, and TRX straps that surround an expansive studio beneath high ceilings. In this setting, students of all ages and ability levels obliterate calories under the watchful eye of instructors, who aim to get to know each participant and contribute to a convivial atmosphere. Five programs, such as the eight-week Body Challenge, join drop-in classes of Zumba and Kangoo Jumps on the packed schedule, whose classes go from early morning to late evening.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Not many antique stores have a more fitting location than one housed in a mid-nineteenth-century barn. At the aptly named The Barn Antiques, a dizzying array of vintage paraphernalia fills the space, some of it spilling out into the colorful, landscaped garden in the form of retro white plant holders and birdhouses that attract robins who trill Vaudeville-era tunes. Amid the treasures, one might find pottery pieces by McCoy and Red Wing, handwoven rag rugs, nostalgic postcards, and oil lamps—all of them culled from the collections of celebrated antiques dealers.