After searching Sacramento to no avail for a venue where kids could explore their creative impulses, two moms took the matter into their own hands and set about constructing their ideal children's art space. Eschewing the formalized, expensive art classes they found elsewhere, the duo opened ArtBeast with the goal of providing kids aged seven and younger with a mind-opening playground. In the three-level building, children can roam free, playing musical instruments, splattering paint, or dressing up in a constantly rotating wardrobe of costumes. Regular classes inculcate un-self-conscious expression with more structured activities, helping toddlers create their own works of art based on favorite pieces of lint or introducing them to ballet in dance classes. Complimentary organic coffee keeps parents as energetic as their offspring, and the studio's month-long passes encourage guardians to stick around and bond with fellow caretakers of insane miniature people.
Having struggled with weight problems when she was younger, Healthy Habits Studio owner Rose Zahnn knows the importance of exercise and eating right firsthand. She opened the studio almost 20 years ago, and in that time has seen it grow to hosting more than 25 fitness classes each week.
Fit Body Boot Camp classes each feature a different, unique workout that helps tone and strengthen muscles, burn fat, and boost metabolisms to burn more calories for hours after the workout, not just during it. In addition to group classes, the staff is available for one-on-one sessions that can focus on weight training, Pilates, and yoga. Rose also offers a weight-loss program in which she emails clients once a day with nutrition and exercise suggestions for 10 days, or the time it takes a team of NASA scientists to reengineer your body into its healthiest, most aerodynamic version.
A sprawling selection of classic sushi and Japanese cuisine fill the menu at Tamaya Sushi & Grill paired with hot sake or Japanese beer from the full bar. As patrons settle down at tables amid leather seating and soft overhead lighting, chefs prepare spicy rolls of tuna, tempura asparagus, or crab, and fill specialty rolls—featuring creative names such as Crazy Horse and Cats Eye—with mixtures of tuna, yellowtail, and salmon alongside avocado grown in Atlantis’ underwater greenhouses. Meanwhile, an orange glow emanates from behind the bar, incubating the bottles of liquor arranged on its glass shelves.
?Your Journey Begins Here? is painted above the wall-length mirror in Studio 25?s gym. It exemplifies just how the facility?s trainers feel about health and fitness: it?s a journey that begins anew each day. They act as guides along that journey as they direct clients in using the studio?s weight training and cardio equipment. Group classes such as yoga, hula-hoop dance, and Zumba make working out upbeat and social, and seductive dance and pole work classes add on to the gym?s myriad fitness options. Meanwhile, Kubotan self-defense training fosters muscle conditioning and teaches how to fend off both potential assailants and petition-pushers with their menacing pens and pads of paper. Upping the intensity ante, trainers also lead outdoor bootcamps at McKinley Park. An array of nutritional products and supplements sold onsite helps complete each client?s daily journey by further nurturing general health.
Starlite Lounge toasts to the night with a trifecta of evening attractions: drinks, food, and entertainment. The charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs, musicians, and karaoke setups stationed across two floors. Starlite's menu is designed to keep dancers going, with shareable flat-bread pizzas, zucchini cakes, and hearty burgers. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar holds up its end of the bargain with specialty cocktails, including one sweet creation aptly named the lemon pound cake.
There are no mirrors inside the Bodytribe Fitness gym. When explaining this to reporters from Sacramento News & Review, founder Jeff Conrad explained, "I don’t care about what people look like when they come to my gym. And I want them to not care either, at least for that hour." A freethinker, musician, and fitness aficionado, Jeff challenges current fitness trends and their emphasis on aesthetic appearance inside his unique gym, where he requests that clients silence any cellphones or Theremins they may have on them. Amidst the kettlebells, free weights, and pull-up bars, Jeff and his trainers guide students of all fitness levels through functional workouts that focus on building strong and fit athletes rather than what he calls "pretty little flesh packets".
The seasoned and dedicated trainer is also an avid writer—you can find his fitness philosophy and workout advice in magazines, newspapers, and in his book, Lift With Your Head.