In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio’s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
Fuse Lounge whets appetites with small plates while wetting whistles with signature drinks in a swanky, contemporary setting. Kick off a night of human watching over a tower of steak and portabella mushrooms ($12) or Cajun filet tips ($11) from the bar menu before moving on to a beer ($3+), a glass of wine ($7+), or one of Fuse’s signature cocktails. The sassy array of signature libations includes the raspberry truffle, the Skinny Dip, and the titular Fuse martini, among other cheekily named concoctions ($10).
With students featured in spotlight-grabbing settings such as America’s Thanksgiving Parade and Detroit Pistons halftime shows, Deborah’s Stage Door’s Deborah Agrusa and her award-winning staff hone twirls, taps, notes, and general razzmatazz for preschoolers through adults. Young toes yearning for terpsichorean know-how learn the ropes in Deborah Stage Door’s preschool rhythm class, as preschoolers romp their way through a combination of tap and ballet, learning balance and coordination along the way. More experienced dancers increase skills and decrease the chances of losing a street fight to the Sharks with a smorgasbord of ballet, jazz, tap, or hip-hop strutting courses taught in both the summer and fall. In addition to dance, Deborah Stage Door’s college of musical knowledge nurtures budding songbirds with performing-arts classes including show choir and acting.
A behemoth two-story fireplace at the heart of the dining room pulses with warmth and hints at the flame-kissed quality of The Hills’ menu, which pleases palates with grilled fish, juicy steaks, and sirloin burgers. Skilled chefs pepper traditional plates with adventurous accents, garnishing wraps with candied walnuts and festooning omelets with wild mushrooms in varieties such as cremini and baby portobello. Half-pound sirloin burgers befuddle airport beef detectors by carrying on green olives or cherries, and 30 high-definition TVs and an enormous projector cast a glow through the steam rising from italian pastas and rosemary-steeped chicken. Glasses brimming with more than 20 styles of martinis flaunt inventive components, including marshmallow fluff and graham crackers, as they clink together, and fishbowl-size cocktails catch the eyes of wandering straws. Cheery dispatches drift from three outdoor patios, and a large mezzanine space makes use of the restaurant’s soaring 30-foot ceilings by hosting bachelor parties for kites as well as other catered events.