Though they specialize in weddings, Nella and her crew at Glamour Floral Creations concoct colorful displays of flora for all manner of parties or events. In styles that range from creative to classic, they make decorating on the big day easy by arranging packages that include ceremony displays, boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, and the ceremonial venus flytrap that eats all the leftover cake.
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Founded as a sanctuary for flowers, birds, and their admirers, Pinecrest Gardens has flourished into a family-friendly retreat that entertains visitors with horticultural exhibits and artistic events in a scenic setting. Spanning 4.3 acres of forested wetland, the gardens harbor more than 1,000 rare and exotic plants, including a 100-year-old coco plum tree, orchids, and a banyan tree that spreads across three-fourths of an acre. Waterways full of fish snake through these plants, their inhabitants impatiently pursing their lips at visitors for handfuls of food.
Pinecrest Gardens offers other entertainment opportunities for youngsters, who can splash around in the water playground, spot wildlife at Swan Lake, or play with potbellied pigs at the petting zoo. In addition, the 500-seat outdoor Banyan Bowl offers concertgoers pristine acoustics and cool evening breezes along with complimentary views of the stars.
The team at Genesis Total Health doesn't attempt to solve all of their clients' problems with a single service. Instead, they embrace a holistic approach, using a range of tactics to treat the root causes of medical issues. They offer an array of wellness services, including chiropractic massage, QuickSlim Lipo, along with detox and weight-loss programs.
To tackle the diverse needs of their clients, the weight-loss team uses scientifically based methods that stress the habits needed to keep weight off permanently. For more medically complex cases, they work with a physician, rather than consulting with a roguishly good-looking TV doctor."Everyone is different," says program coordinator Tara Duque, noting that getting to the root metabolic causes of health issues is "the key to unlocking your goals, getting to them faster, and maintaining them." She and the rest of the staff prefer to use dietary programs designed to be sustainable, "instead of being another yo-yo diet plan with no end." Getting healthy is the main goal, she adds, while "weight loss is a side effect." But that doesn't mean the weight less isn't effective: Tara notes that most of the women drop 3–5 pounds a week on the program, while most men lose 4–7 pounds.
At Strong Frame Fitness, trainers certified by the Russian Kettlebell Club lead strictly kettlebell classes to help clients burn calories and shed pounds. During classes, students combine resistance work with cardio techniques, hoisting the kettle-shaped weights in swings, cleans and snatches, squats, lunges, and dead lifts. Whether they're held indoors or outdoors, the classes work quickly; many students notice increased strength and core stability in just a matter of weeks.
Though its name reflects its primary purpose as a a baseball and softball training facility, Line Drive Performance welcomes any athlete who wants to improve his or her fitness—an attribute that helps improve skills in any sport. During training sessions, trainers whip their subjects into shape through sit-ups, resistance training, and agility exercises, adapting challenges to fit any level of fitness or natural athleticism. Baseball and softball players, meanwhile, hone their chops inside coin-operated batting cages or work on fielding and pitching with private instructors. Much of Line Drives' facilities are located indoors, which lets players can practice in the off-season without worrying that hawks will swoop in and steal every pop fly.