The individual attention of personal training and the camaraderie of team workouts converge at The Edge, a 3,000-square-foot kettlebell gym inside Personally Fit’s workout studio. Here, certified personal trainers lead three types of functional fitness classes that use tools such as weighted sleds and suspension-training harnesses to increase strength, burn calories, and gear up for Santa’s annual reindeer tryouts. During the studio’s signature kettlebell classes, students sculpt limbs and cores using cast-iron weights shaped like small cannonballs. To help to prevent injuries and reap each motion’s benefits, a Russian Kettlebell–certified instructor stresses proper form throughout the workout. The earth’s gravitational pull powers TRX classes, which help up to 10 students to master body-weight exercises using suspension-training straps. Since each movement can be tailored to a variety of skill sets, these workouts suit the needs of new exercisers and seasoned athletes alike. Built around a circuit of cardio and strength stations, boot camps boost fitness levels with sandbags and battling ropes, not piggyback rides from Richard Simmons.
Griffin's Floral Design is a 25-year-old botany business with sophisticated tastes, fresh perspective, and a sweet, lingering perfume that conjures memories of early-summer love followed by late-summer shame from having forgotten the names of every one of your middle-school teachers. A Moms Delightful Daisy ($24.99+) arrangement or a Mother's Saucer of Love ($29.99+) will plant a grin on your favorite lady's face this May 9, or use this Groupon toward an equally dental-friendly Cotton Candy Treat ($39.95+). In addition to creative floral arrangements, Griffin's offers a large selection of gourmet fruit and snack baskets, all-natural brownie boxes, and balloon bouquets.
C.J. O'Malley's tap pullers pour hoppy pints of domestic and imported brews amid a festive Irish decor. Finicky palates judge assorted pints of draft beers, based on flavor, hoppiness, and how it looks in an evening gown. Popular 22-ounce brews such as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ($7), Guinness ($6.25), and LandShark ($5) bolster a lineup of classic and craft brewery products.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Glock Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Springfield
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 10-lane, indoor, cooled shooting range
Recommended Age Group: All ages
In discussing the impetus behind The Bullet Ranch, Sales Manager Jerry Carver points out that the founders—including outdoor sportsmen, former military members, and law-enforcement officers—"saw something missing in the industry ... the absence of a welcome mat." Rather than create just another shooting range that left customers on their own, they aspired to create a friendly, unintimidating environment where the staff greets them by name. In addition to providing advice when purchasing a firearm at the shop, these specialists fix mounts and scopes via gunsmithing services and instruct students in a range of classes. These include courses geared toward shooting an automatic rifle, pistol shooting for women, and qualifying to apply for a concealed-carry license.