The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
A chandelier dangles over natural wood floors, adding a touch of glamour to the soothing confines of LaCole Salon & Spa. With relaxing services to match its tranquil setting, LaCole was named one of Long Island’s best day spas by Long Island Press readers in 2012. The peppermint-sea-twist body wrap, for instance, boosts circulation and quells achy muscles with a combination of fresh seaweed and aromatic triple mint. The staff also performs facials, deep-tissue massages, waxing, and body polishes, which are popular among tin men tired of strange looks at the car wash. Long Island Press readers also had flattering things to say about the staff’s hairstyling skills, listing LaCole among the area’s best hair salons in 2011. Stylists beautify tresses with everything from routine cuts and color touchups, to Brazilian blowouts and wedding-day styles for brides-to-be.
Brooklyn Square Pizza expertly rolls out Brooklyn-style square pizzas, adorning the doughy geometric shape in eclectic toppings such as barbecue chicken, eggplant, and broccoli. Chefs also craft round pizza crusts so shy toppings cannot hide in the corners, and fill plates with pasta and chicken recipes made fresh to order. For those who abhor utensils, the pizzeria offers handheld fare such as heroes, wraps, and fried calzones. Uncle Louie G italian ice or ice cream treats tongues to flavors such as lick me lemon, chocolate fudge brownie, and bubbly bubble gum. Brooklyn Square Pizza delivers its fare to patrons’ doorsteps and caters parties with pasta, chicken, veal, and shrimp dishes.
Named by USA Today as one of the top 10 roller-skating destinations in the country, United Skates of America in Tampa provides indoor family fun with a spacious rink and various skating games. Jam skating combines dancing and gymnastic moves set to Top 40 hits, and skating limbo blends the formerly disparate joys of rollerblading and chiropractic therapy. When fatigued by the rigors of the rink, children can refuel on pizza and soda at the snack bar. Inside the arcade, they enjoy games of air hockey and Ms. Pac Man, which teaches kids the importance of a nutritious diet high in fruit and ghosts.
Beach Bum Tanning & Airbrush Salon's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
At Parkside Café, the New American menu exhibits multicultural influences and focuses heavily on fresh seafood and sustainable proteins, such as farm-raised tilapia and free-range chicken. The cozy eatery seats 24 diners indoors and 16 diners outdoors, where a waterside patio flaunts scenic views of the ocean paralleled only by sightseeing tours conducted by seagulls. Whether they are inside or out, Parkside Café treats guests to an upscale atmosphere gussied up with crisp, white tablecloths, vibrant floral arrangements, and mood-enhancing candlelight.