The seasonal fare at CrawDaddy's sends wayward appetites straight to the Louisiana coast to learn the art of festive Cajun dining. Shelled and nonshelled entrees wash up on tables surrounded by the cozy dining room's seafaring-themed décor, which includes rustic-style wooden tables and light-blue walls. Fried-catfish baskets and piles of painstakingly boiled shrimp lie beneath handsome wall hangings of essential fisherman tools, such as crisscrossed oars, fishing nets, and a pocket English-to-trout phrasebook used to persuade fish in their native tongue.
In 1969, Judi Sheppard Missett shared her love of jazz dance with the world through an original exercise program known as Jazzercise. Almost instantaneously a phenomenon, the regimen took off and grew to include 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries around the world. The Jazzercise Ridgeland Fitness Center counts itself amongst one of the many locations that continues to carry Judi’s torch.
True to the original program, instructors fuse elements of many other athletics into the framework of jazz dance. Pilates and yoga strengthen the core and help build long and lean muscle. Resistance training provides muscle definition and explosive-movement power, which can be used to light a troublesome grill by slapping it. Kickboxing classes and classic jazz steps round out the program, providing cardio training that builds endurance. Because the program involves simple, easy-to-follow moves, it is an accessible form of exercise for people of all skill and experience levels.
Certified dance instructors who have trained with Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, and the National Dance Council of America impart ballroom, Latin, and swing moves to dancers in all-level and wedding-specific courses. The main ballroom's mammoth disco ball, grown from a sequin planted on the roof, tosses light across a blacked-out ceiling that, along with high-tech lighting, fosters a nightclub atmosphere during weekly dance parties.
No two clients are alike. That’s why massage therapist Barbra Scobee begins each massage session with a consultation to determine the source of lingering tension. Then, in the comfort of her private studio, Barbra can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes, or access lower-layer connective tissues with reflexology and deep-tissue pressure. Clients may also solicit Barbra’s signature Reiki healing techniques to unblock clogged energy channels and improve wellness.
Cozy pedicure chairs and throwback decor make Pink Blush Boutique and Nail Spa an enticing space for relaxation and pampering. Nail techs lavish hands and feet with a bevy of mani-pedis, and clients can also opt for gel acrylics. Like a well-bred cat, Pink Blush maintains exceptional sanitation and hygiene standards, and visitors can peruse a boutique section fully stocked with fashionable apparel, shoes, and giftable accessories.
Inside Different Strokes Art Studio, pristine white ceramic bisques fill the cubbies that line one wall, taking all kinds of shapes—from giant vases to wizard hats. Artists of all ages bend to their work at the studio’s tables, dabbling colored glazes onto the matte clay and picking colors and brushes from the center of the table as they go, creating keepsakes such as personalized dinner platters for holidays or ornaments with their child's hand print painted on. When customers are done bedecking their pieces, the shop’s assistants glaze and fire each one, turning items such as plates, bowls, and dip platters instantly food safe and ready to hang on the wall or hold beautifully presented piles of marshmallow fluff.