The floating oak dance floor of U Can Dance Studio has been privy to myriad styles of fancy footwork since its inception in 1991, from ballroom and swing to hip-hop, disco, and samba. Stretching across 4,000 square feet, the pristine surface supports the nimble soles of the studio's certified instructors, who expertly lead students of all ages and levels during group classes and private lessons. Public dance parties beckon pupils to show off their newly gleaned skills and pictures of their dog wearing a tutu to one another in an encouraging environment.
Most Popular Service: Dog boarding and daycare
Staff Size: 50+ people
What sets your services apart?
The fact that we're truly open 24/7/365 is what sets us apart. Have an emergency in the middle of the night and need a place for your dog to go? We're here. Your wife goes into labor? We're here. Work all day but still want to go to the Cardinals game at night? We're here for whatever dog needs you have.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Bring your dog's own food and bedding to help him/her have an even more enjoyable time.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Who doesn't love dogs?? We never want to leave home without our dog but sometimes we have to. Happy Tails, where the elite with four feet meet, fills in that void. We're here for you and your dog when you can't be. We love to get to know each owner and dog and what makes them unique.
Signature service: Linen and Event Rentals
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: We treat our customers like a valued partner. Communication is two-way?we listen to all your needs.
The Aquaport, which is open from May 29 through September 7, contains all the classic elements of a day of summery family fun. Keep wee ones safe and happy in an 8,000-square-foot family-fun pool full of bubblers, sprinklers, and fountains; relax on a 750-foot-long lazy river for hazy flotation that would put Samuel Clemens to shame; and delight fun-deprived ossicles on six colorful slides of varying length and intensity. Thrill-seeking teenagers and tall children enjoy the extreme bowl, a striped tube that sends riders straight down an enclosed slide and into a funnel-shaped bowl that swirls the intrepid traveler around like a lima bean in a kitchen-sink strainer before depositing him or her into a pool below. More-traditional fun-seekers relish rapids slides on inner tubes and the 50-foot-long racer slides.
As a mother, certified personal trainer, and owner of more than one business, Kelly Porter doesn't the buy the "I'm too busy to exercise" excuse. Nevertheless, she makes it easy for her clients at PureFitness-STL to schedule a group class or private session, fitting workouts into morning and lunchtime slots. Her boot camps cater to visitors of all backgrounds with modifiable moves and a nonjudgmental vibe, which stresses the value of teamwork, partner drills, and squats that turn into trust falls. Kelly changes the routines daily to activate all of the body's muscles, but refrains from badgering her students. Though she provides the key ingredient of accountability, she insists that her patrons hit health milestones for themselves, not for her.