Holistic Wellness and Motivational Fitness touts an expert three-woman team of certified personal trainers, each with a background in diverse health and wellness fields such as aerobics and sports medicine. After an assessment, clients strive to achieve holistic harmony through their choice of private sessions in personal training, life coaching, or nutrition. A personal-training session might employ an exercise ball and various workout routines to help reach fitness goals. Life-coaching sessions draw on peoples' everyday decisions and personal goals to fulfill childhood dreams of building a life-size Stonehenge replica out of Spam. Opt for the nutrition session to renovate a daily diet of Everlasting Gobstoppers and Scrumdiddlyumptious bars for a healthier culinary balance. Sessions can be arranged at the Salem studio, or by having the merry band of healers travel to your home.
Following the baton of music director and conductor David Stewart Wiley, the members of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and its chorus deliver concerts that cover a wide spectrum of genres, regaling ears with everything from sci-fi soundtracks to masterpieces by classical composers. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra also surprises audiences with visits from renowned performers by the likes of singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes and triple-threat Bernadette Peters. Before masterwork concerts, Wiley stages preconcert talks that give audiences musical insight on the pieces that will be performed. To complement its programming, the RSO records a podcast called Inside the Music, which broadcasts playlists off Beethoven’s first generation iPod.
At Double Apple, Mahmoud “Joe” Migdadi applies his culinary sensibilities to Mediterranean, Indian, and classic American dishes, crafting lamb with tzatziki sauce as well as dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for kids. Nine types of shawarma, homemade chickpea hummus, and original smoothies stand out among the Mediterranean choices, which The Roanoke Times calls "flavorful" and "healthy." The dining room, which is divided into cozy compartments, surrounds guests with Middle Eastern décor that continues into the upper level's hookah café. There, a separate ventilation system filters smoke from hookahs loaded with fruit flavors such as grape mint and margarita, which are available with or without tobacco and wish-granting genies.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children looking to get in touch with their natural buoyancy. During three fun-filled pop-in visits, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in play times, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.
Perched on the banks of Smith Mountain Lake, Bridgewater Marina Rentals launches and lends a variety of lake skimmers to pleasure-seeking pontooners. Peruse and patrol the waters for the elusive Bigfin from atop a four-stroke pontoon boat, whose flat deck area gives a surface for chips and dip and heated canasta competitions.