Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Packed with party supplies and gifts, Whimsy has a special knack for inflating handheld blimps of all kinds. Helium addicts can peruse the shop's lengthy catalogue, grabbing an over the hill balloon ($2.99) to celebrate a relative's birthday or successful mountain climb. A floating eyeball balloon ($7.99) thanks optometrists for a job well done, and a 3-D dirigible bumblebee, lobster, frog, or turtle ($9.99 each) lets pet lovers practice their nurturing skills and trick-training abilities. Whimsy takes orders by phone, email, or fax.
New Orleans Harley-Davidson outfits first-time and seasoned riders with the hardware, services, and skills to dominate the road. Bikers can scour a chromed-out collection of new and used bikes, including Sportsters, Dynas, and Touring Harley-Davidsons, as well as trike bikes, Yamahas, and Suzuki cycles. Factory-trained and certified technicians tackle standard services and upkeep, or soup up bikes with performance modifications and accessories such as leather training wheels. New Orleans Harley-Davidson also equips part-time riders with rentals and hosts educational boot camps that impart riding skills.
Founded as a piano restoration business in 1958, Hall Piano Company has since expanded its repertoire. The company's technicians still restore pianos, but now pianists also teach students of all ages to coax music from the keys. The instructors draw on extensive education and decades of experience to help students build a foundation of musical knowledge. When they're ready, students can show off their skills on the studio's recital stage, which is equipped with Steinway concert grand pianos and broadcasting technology that lets loved ones watch and listen from afar.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up an Aero ivory armless chair ($216.77) and use it to accent your next book-club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Simmons and finish flooring your sleep space with a Roarke Masai 5'x8' rug ($162).