Since the Maganias family opened the first Astro Skate Family Fun Center in Tarpon Springs more than 32 years ago, customers have flocked to the skate rinks for birthday parties, summer camps, and family-friendly fun. At each location, a live DJ cranks out danceable tunes as skaters wheel and glide across a huge lacquered wood floor. Off-rink, kids compete for redemption prizes at a host of arcade games, or take flight in the safe confines of a cushy inflatable bounce house. Astro Skate Family Fun Center keeps things fresh with a schedule of special events, including jump-rope contests, foam parties, and roller-derby matches.
At The Firkin & Fox, Tampa-area gentlefolk bond over a menu of English-inflected pub fare alongside a selection of 16 draft beers. Crispy calamari ($8.99) runs on chipotle dipping sauce, and traditional fish 'n' chips ($7.99 for one piece; $10.99 for two pieces) or cottage pie ($8.99) pay edible homage to America’s allies across the Atlantic: the Luxembourgers. The Firkin burger, topped with bacon, jack cheese, and chipotle onions ($9.99), meets hourly meat quotas, and the portobello-mushroom sandwich ($7.99) shimmers with a balsamic glaze and pesto mayo. Draught beers such as Bass and Boddingtons—hearty ales from Britain—complement rousing games of billiards. The convivial pub invites communal dining in or out of doors, and boasts a squad of sportscasting televisions with immaculate hairdos.
Boston transplants Andy and Kristy Bryan founded Bryan's Pub Works as a family-friendly sports bar, curating a menu of classic American pub fare served in an environment that "has the genuine feel of an up-North tavern," according to the Bradenton Times. Cooks beer-batter fillets of flaky fish before frying them in molten lava to create the kitchen's signature fish 'n' chips. The Londoner contains a heaping portion of thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese pressed between slices of griddle-fresh bread. Bartenders pair the pub fare with an assortment of drinks, including drafts from Yuengling and Sam Adams, glasses of house wine, and fermented juice boxes.
Although aesthetician Julie MacMillan graduated among the top five students in her aesthetics program, she keeps her homey beauty outfit, Skin Care By Jewls, free of pretensions. Jewls is MacMillan's nickname and preferred moniker, and the tag reflects her friendly, easygoing attitude. During spa services she plays dreamy, tranquil music to compliment the low, cozy lighting.
Jewls became a board-certified permanent-makeup artist in 2008, building on the training she received in Arizona, where she exceeded 800 hours of education—well beyond Florida's requirements of 260 hours and a papier-mâché mockup of a pore. She reaches for products from Rhonda Allison and lavender wax imported from Italy to create radiant, smooth skin.
Perish Grill is a new restaurant and bar specializing in hand-cut steaks, Cajun dishes, seafood, and sandwiches. Lunchers can munch on hand-cut french fries to complement organic grass-fed burgers ($7.99) or try the sweet-bourbon salmon with yellow rice and fresh vegetables ($7.99). Dinner grazers can whet their appetites in a garden of salads or wolf down seafood appetizers such as shrimp cocktail ($6.99) and crab cakes served with roasted red pepper sauce and remoulade ($7.99). A classically marbled, hand-cut 12 oz. rib eye sates steak steadfasts ($13.99), and the crawfish étouffée bursts with classic Cajun flavor ($11.99). Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as skydiving straight into space, convincing your boss to trade spouses, and turning a recurring dream into reality by going back to high school and passing that chemistry exam pantsless, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured a meal at Perish Grill.
Urban Flats puts a modern twist on the classic pairing of pizza and wine by crafting gourmet flatbreads served alongside carefully selected wines from around the world. For wine-centric evenings, pairs can nibble on flatbread and appetizer samplings in between sips from an array of international vinos. To create tip-top tastings, Urban Flats utilizes a temperature-controlled system that preserves wines at their ideal temp, preventing oxidation and fever-induced rants.