The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
At The Refuge, what was once a hardwood swamp is now a sprawling golf facility incorporating the natural landscape into its 18 holes. It wasn't easy to get from point A to point B, though. In the process, renowned golf architect Roy Case moved more than 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to shape pristine lakes, beautiful rolling fairways, and generous green complexes. What stands today is a modern course that hearkens back to time-tested golf traditions.
But the course also features their fair share of innovations. For the youngest golfers, there's a three-hole "Wee Links" attraction that acts as a pint-sized version of the full game more effectively than zapping the full course with a shrink ray. The grounds are also home to the Randy Tupper Junior Golf Academy, which teaches kids the fundamentals of golf and the value of fitness. With a spacious clubhouse, fully-stocked pro shop, recent course improvements made in late 2014, and the Refuge Grill, it's no wonder golfers speak so highly of The Refuge.
Inside the brightly-lit confines of Fat Cat Art Cafe, shelves brim with bare-bisque pieces in the form of plates, mugs, and bowls. Visitors wield non-toxic, lead-free glazes and paints, embellishing items with designs such as flowers, abstract squiggles, or a squirrel's handprint before accommodating staff members fire the pieces, readying them for everyday use. Not just a paint-your-own pottery studio, Fat Cat Art Cafe offers specialty sessions such as Clay Day, where participants learn to make their own pottery pieces, and summer camps, where campers delve into daylong or weeklong projects such as creating a mosaic plaque, building flower pots out of clay coils, and making clay jars to store one?s nosehairs.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: GEM Cruize'n Gold package
Pro Tip: Experiences require advance registration in order to reserve preferred vehicle, date, and time.
Q&A with Tyler Suarez, Founder and President
What makes your business stand out?
Golden Era Motors is a one-of-a-kind business that allows its clients the opportunity to drive and experience
classic muscle cars. Our clients get to skip the high price tag and demanding time requirements inherent in owning classic cars and cut straight to the best part: driving them! Our clients are a diverse group: some are 25-year-old adrenaline junkies, others drive our cars as a "bucket list" item, and some are simply nostalgic [and] looking to reconnect with some exceptional examples of "American Muscle."
What inspired you
After years of enjoying my own classic cars, I started this business to share the pride and exhilaration that comes with driving them. Years of observation at car shows and "cruise-ins" revealed many in attendance did not actually own vehicles themselves, yet they had a fond appreciation for them. Golden Era Motors (GEM) allows those same fans a taste of what it's like to be in the game rather than on the sidelines. We want our clients to touch and interact with our classic muscle cars.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
The fringe benefits are tough to argue with! [I love] "test driving" and maintaining the collection.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We own all of the cars in our collection, and therefore you can be sure they have been properly maintained. We do not rent cars on behalf of private owners or play photography mind games with you. Every photo you see on our website was taken of an actual GEM car.
Boasting credentials such as registered yoga instructor, doctor of health psychology, and licensed counselor, Dr. Kimberly Lichte-Madakasira helps clients conquer physical and emotional tension by combining Eastern and Western healing modalities. The spacious, lilac-toned studio flooded with natural light soothes guests with burnished hardwood floors and a ceiling mural of peaceful, downward-hippopotamus-shaped clouds. Here, students of all experience levels flow through therapeutic yoga classes, such as Yoga for Cancer Recovery, traditional Hatha yoga, and Yoga for Stress. As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Kimberly is able to create custom yoga plans designed to help students find relief from specific physical and emotional ailments.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.