The instructors at Side Kicks Family Karate aren't just about helping their students progress in belt colors—they aim to help them progress in life. In their martial-arts classes, which combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling, they not only teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves, but also how to cultivate self-discipline, self-esteem, and strong character in and out of the dojo.
Canadian master mimic Rich Little amuses audiences with his exaggerated impressions of more than 200 American popular culture figures. Known for his spot-on impersonations of American presidents and the Statue of Liberty, the chameleonic thespian pays tribute to Hollywood icon Jimmy Stewart during a comedic one-man performance. Little portrays Stewart throughout memorable segments of his life, revisiting many of the actor’s now-deceased costars through laugh-evoking impressions and an unexpected séance.
Dr. Charles Goldsmith was a successful OB/GYN. His practice was thriving, but his patients weren't. Each of them was worried about weight loss and attempting their own home-brewed ideas of how to drop those last few pounds. Rather than see his patients rely on misinformation, Dr. Goldsmith, soon to become widely known as Dr. G, created his four-pronged approach to weight loss.
Targeting appetite, metabolism, diet, and habits, Dr. G's physician-supervised plan works to not only change people's consumption, but change their lifestyles. From a five-day cleanse that evicts toxins from the body to a physician-supervised program including dietary supplements, Dr. G keeps his clients' systems humming like tuneful supersonic jets. His additional cosmetic services, such as teeth whitening and Revitalash, help to ensure clients' exteriors are as pampered as their interiors.
Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.
At The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare, it’s not just the little things that count, such as cage-free boarding and the building's double doors, which prevent escapes. It's the big things, too. The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare staff members are certified in animal first aid by the Red Cross, and climate-controlled animal areas offer webcams, which allow clients to check in on their pets. In addition, the daycare space is stocked with plush chairs, toys, and a TV broadcasting dog-related shows. Here, staff members look after pets during the day and offer extended hours so owners don’t have to leave work early. Overnight boarding, bathing and grooming packages, as well as doggy extras, such as massages, training, and personalized walks, are also available.