Before the archivists of Art and Framing Gallery begin a project, they slip on pairs of cotton gloves. By sheathing their hands, they guard against fingerprints and finger-paints. Their dedication to museum-quality workmanship shines through each project, whether it's a same-day framing job or a standard three- to seven-day order.
In Art and Framing Gallery's showrooms, walls display more than 3,000 frame samples and acre upon acre of mats. Ready-made framed mirrors and artwork also share this space, which connects to in-house workshops. Here, craftsmen cut custom glass and piece together each project. They skillfully preserve artwork and portraits and excel with projects that require special care. They encase delicate antiques in UV-protective glass and display sports jerseys in cases that ward off wrinkling and grass stains.
Mountain Lakes Market, which first opened in 1914, caters to diners with discerning palates. Executive chef Matt Schmitt's New American menu features delectably contemporary eats crafted from fresh-made breads, gourmet cheeses, and artisanal Cheetos. Rouse a slumbering breakfast sandwich of eggs and cheese tucked into a kaiser roll bed ($3.55), or teach tongues to jitterbug with the Danish dancer, a panini layered with turkey breast, dill havarti cheese, tomato, wilted spinach, and sun-dried tomato aioli ($6.95). Entree-sized salads (from $4.99) are tossed with delectable, fresh ingredients, and 6-ounce Angus burgers ($5) sate heartier hungers. Like most celebrities' faces, the dinner menu is crafted anew each week.
Deep red and blue lights swirl around a dance floor as fog wafts over people cutting loose. On another night, guests relax on comfy couches at the edge of the lounge space. And in yet another scenario, long tables form a horseshoe shape, allowing diners to easily see everyone in the room as they feast. These are just a few incarnations of The Rendezvous, a 1,300 square-foot event center that hosts an endless range of private parties. Renters can plan everything from bridal showers to christenings and after-parties without the hassles of crowding their home or having to keep their evil twin from escaping the attic. Additional services such as onsite catering, bartenders, and wedding officiants are also available.
Final Round Boxing and Fitness’s Olympic-sized boxing ring trembles with the stomping of feet as veteran fighters circle one another, each seeking the split second opening that will lead them to victory. Ringside coaches and instructors shout advice, assailing the combatants with tips and tricks until they’re seasoned enough to take on a real fight. The gym has produced more than one champion, earning such titles as the New Breed Fighter’s middleweight champion or Gold’s Gym Strongman Competitions strongest heavyweight.
But the boxing ring only accounts for a small portion of the 16,000 square feet of workout space. The rest houses all of the machines, free weights, and kettlebells required to condition athletes. Brightly lit, hardwood classrooms provide a venue for less combatively themed classes, such as Zumba dance or extreme chess, in which players must complete a whole game by dead lifting actual knights in full armor.
Wee Babysit is an interactive learning and play center that provides full time, part time and hourly, drop-in child care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Perfect for errands, shopping, doctor's appointments, date nights, school closings, anytime you need child care!
Helmed by husband-and-wife duo Mat and Christine, Enduring Images Photography craft fine portraiture inside their studio or in on-location shoots. Mat tapped into his inner artist to start the photo studio; now, he both takes photos and touches them up using Photoshop, giving portraits an added luster and professional texture. Christine runs the show, helping plan photo sessions and events to make sure that they run smoothly, for the best experience for everybody involved. The two operate out of a richly appointed studio with plush sofas and an array of colorful backdrops and sets.
Curves is a fitness center designed exclusively for women. Redeem your Groupon at one of the 21 participating locations. Each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals. The value of this Groupon also includes a one time $99 service fee.