Dr. Allan Spiegel was known in his community for donating specialized services to wounded veterans. When he knew that treatments could help veterans regain the ability to function, he would conduct the procedure, regardless of their abilities to compensate him on their own or through Veterans Affairs. He founded Healing Heroes Network (HHN) to organize doctors who felt a similar calling to help heal "those who protect and serve [the] nation." HHN sends wounded service members to a network of carefully selected local medical professionals when their insurance will not cover the costs of necessary treatments, and it also ensures that all necessary services are covered. In addition to providing medical services, the organization raises awareness about the need for greater funding for veterans' medical care.
With its plush couch and bookcase stocked with esoteric objects, the stage at Side Splitters Comedy Club might make audiences feel as though they’re watching the evening’s comedian in their own living room, right down to the emcee who keeps announcing what’s about to happen. The homey stage’s brick walls and off-kilter neon sign have played host to numerous local comedians, as well as talents such as Tom Arnold and Gilbert Gottfried.
The Fanboy Expo, like stepping through the screen of a blockbuster superhero movie, brings comic and movie fans face-to-face with their favorite characters, actors, and artists. For two days, costumed attendees hob-nob with the Highlander, talk shop with Jerry "The King" Lawler , or chat with Lorenzo Lamas about his much publicized transition from starring in Renegade to opening his petting zoo, Lorenzo Lamas' Llamas. In addition to meeting celebrities from silver and small screen sci-fi and fantasy hits, comic book fans can also pick their favorite artist and creator's brain, snagging an autograph in the process. Should they find themselves in need of a new action figure or collectable t-shirt, fans can make their way to a number of merchandise and memorabilia dealer booths throughout the event space.
Mixers sates all senses with its menu of classic bar cuisine, lively libations, and 18 HD television screens. Plates of macho nachos stick their esophageal landings via chili, cheese, and jalapeños ($6.75), and smoking wings let garlic and barbecue sauce do all the squawking ($5.75 for 10). Sample variations of burgers ($6.75+) or traditional philly sandwiches loaded with steak, onions, peppers, provolone ($7), and desires to punch slabs of raw meat. Pair pub-centric specialties of shepherd's pie ($7.75) and irish fish 'n' chips ($9.25) with frosty pints of Stella ($4.75 each) or a glass of house wine ($4.25).
Reporters at this bimonthly lifestyle magazine sift through the local dining, art, and social scenes to present the gems to readers on glossy, colorful pages. Each issue carries an expansive dining guide that curates the city's culinary landscape, turning readers on to chic new bistros, hidden gems, and bars that have the most elegant spittoons.
Located along the aquamarine shoreline of Clearwater Beach, Makin Waves supplies the ingredients for fun seaside jaunts, providing everything from beach balls to boat rentals. Beachgoers can relax in Makin Waves' reclining blue beach chairs beneath the shade of umbrellas or set out on a rental jet ski in search of dolphins or tricksters wearing fake shark fins. The shop's Australian suntan products fend off sunrays, and floating rafts allows up to six friends to relax atop deep-blue waters. Visitors may explore land and sea in a variety of other rental vehicles, such as banana boats, bicycles, and naval warships.
Some detractors may write off pole dancing as frivolous, but to Wildside Pole ~N~ Fitness owner Eva Spicola, the dizzying workout is “the best upper-body fitness and core training you could ever have.” A certified personal trainer who has managed her own health clubs in the past, Spicola now preaches the pole's benefits to women of all ages and abilities. Her classes embrace sinuous workouts on the pole and chair, striving to produce leaner limbs and confidence through body-weight exercises. She rounds out her curriculum with boot-camp, spinning, and dance-centric pole classes, which take guests from basic spins to choreographed combinations executed in platform heels. Chair and pole classes cap their attendance at 10 students, allowing instructors to customize their lessons while preventing the combined centrifugal force of too many twirls from lifting the studio off the ground.