Bubs Irish Pub makes its home in a century-old saloon, and the spirit of the place still seems to conjure the cheer and revelry of those bygone days. Live music fills the warmly lit tavern, where guests sidle up to a wooden bar to sip pints of Smithwicks and Guinness. Grab a few friends to share a fishbowl filled with bloody mary, margarita, or cosmopolitan. To help soak up suds, the bar boasts a menu of gourmet eats. Waiters serve up 1-pound slabs of ribs slathered in barbecue sauce and limitless portions of hand-battered haddock and chips. On themed nights, you can dine on Mexican cuisine or pizza topped in ground beef, barbecue sauce, and bacon.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises—each with modifications—into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Having spent more than four decades behind the lens, Phil Slaske has seen the photography industry change dramatically. As film and darkroom equipment have been set aside to make room for digital cameras and high-resolution printers, the photo specialist has adapted his craft to fit the times. Today, Slaske specializes in several types of photography, including wedding photography, business portraits, and high-school or military group photos. He offers images in both digital and print versions, and also retouches photos to minimize skin imperfections or adorn faces with Groucho Marx mustaches. He has personally photographed more than 1,500 weddings and also specializes in capturing high-school-senior and family portraits.
In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.
Silver Spring challenges club wielders of all ages and experience levels with 36 picturesque holes. Choose between two different mulligan-rich landscapes: the Falls Course, home to 5,582 yards of championship ballways, or the Island Course, featuring a naturally occurring island green as well as foliage-heavy, elevated pastures and placid but potentially ball-devouring ponds. Today’s Groupon ensures one free round of golf on either course; your free round can be played at any time during a weekday or after 1 p.m. on a weekend. A golf cart is included in your gratis round, so you won’t need to rely on tired legs or illegally obtained all-terrain bumper cars for hole-to-hole transport. A membership also entitles 9-ironers to 20% off greens fees and cart fees for the rest of 2011, as well as seven-day advanced tee-time reservations.