Spa 23 Health and Racquet Club welcomes guests with a lobby café and juice bar where they can fuel up and debate their workout options. Some will decide to step out into multi-leveled workout rooms to exercise with weight- and core-training machines, free weights, cardio equipment, and stationary bikes. Others will run around the winding indoor running track or compete on one of two racquetball courts. Aquatic exercise takes place in a 25-yard Olympic-style swimming pool, which is also the best place to practice one’s Marco Polo skills. Alternately, visitors can retreat to multiple studios, where instructors lead classes in hot yoga and Pilates or step inside private rooms, where therapists ease tension with massages, mud packs, aromatherapy, and Pure Spa wraps.
After traveling to vineyards throughout the United States and Canada during wine-tasting trips, Michele and Paul Crecca realized they could show others how to make their own wine. They founded Your Own Winery to share their passion and know-how with newcomers to the world of wine.
Today, they help hobbyists produce and bottle more than 200 varietals of wine, including cabernets, pinot noirs, chardonnays, and pinot grigios. The staff will provide free samples to help students decide what kind of wine to make. It can be a tough decision, because winemaking is a six-to-eight week process that spans from primary fermentation to bottling. Each batch makes 28 bottles, and Michele and Paul even help their clients create custom labels, which have ranged from family photos and beloved pets to cherished pictures.
A nonprofit organization, The Riverdale Art Center's only aim is to weave creativity into the everyday life of its community. To this end, its instructors host A Glass of Art BYOB art classes for adults, and pARTy pizza-and-art classes for kids and teenagers. Additionally, the art center offers studio and gallery space for local artists.
As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.
Housed in expansive facilities that allow ample room for tumbles and mid-air twists, ENA Gymnastics’ classes and birthday parties unite form with fun for young athletes and aspiring acrobats of all skill levels. Children 5 years and older can hone their foam-pit high-dives and slinky impersonations in general gymnastics classes, designed to boost strength, coordination, and self-confidence without compromising safety. The program lasts 90 minutes, the first 15 of which are dedicated to stretching before students advance on to three different gymnastics events and a strength-training period. While girls practice their tumbles and learn how to breakdance on the balance beam, boys can test their dexterity on the parallel bars or mount a wild pommel horse that sporadically whinnies and bucks to increase the degree of difficulty.
With a full complement of Brunswick Gold Crown tables punctuating the pool hall with swatches of green felt, Crown Billiards offers ample space for pool enthusiasts of all levels. Weekly tournaments give seasoned players a chance to show off and compete for cash prizes, while amateur leagues gives beginners a chance to work on their games. The resident pool pro Carmen Lombardo gives tips to players and offers lessons for an additional fee. Crown Billiards also houses a cue repair shop and a full kitchen, which serves coffee, snacks, and hot sandwiches.