In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano’s classic dishes have earned the eatery a long-standing award proudly displayed on the website: Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row, as voted by readers of the Times-News. At the start of each workday, the restaurant’s chefs fry the popular tortilla chips and whip up bowls of salsa. Then they get to work on such dishes as chicken simmered in a chipotle cream, char-grilled steak tacos, and spinach burritos.
Hungry locals are drawn downtown by Vintage 301's tapas-style cuisine. Because dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes seasonally. Recently featured small plates include deep-fried calamari with citrus aioli ($9), apple and chèvre ravioli ($9), and saag dip, a savory plate where pita chips are positioned for dredging through a landscape of puréed spinach, ginger, and yogurt cheese ($7). Patrons equipped with bigger appetites can find one-stop fulfillment in a large plate, such as the pork-ribs souvlaki, an oregano- and garlic-rubbed pork-rib with zesty lemon potatoes and tzatziki ($18), or the Moroccan fish dish, which serves up spice-rubbed rockfish, orange and olive salad, spinach couscous, and one stamp for your palate's passport ($19). Finish your feast on a sweet note with some vanilla-infused chocolate gnocchi ($6).
The Tap Room delights diners with classic pub fare, including sandwiches ($8.50), salads ($7.95), and wraps ($8.95) served in a cozy atmosphere. Sink incisors into a beefy burger ($8.95), made of cowering patties seeking shelter in the reassuring embrace of a bun-like blanket. Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as drawing a perfect circle, skydiving straight into space, or teaching a pack of wild dogs how to sing the complete soundtrack from Cats, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured one of The Tap Room's meals. The neighborhood watering hole is lined in dusky, bottle-bedecked exposed wood and soaring windows. It also features occasional live music and hosts events for a bounty of burger-worthy affairs, including NCAA tournament games and holidays. Free WiFi allows diners to check their email and salads to achieve improved connectivity.