Chef Lee Linton has sliced, diced, and sizzled up countless gourmet dishes for more than 30 years. He combines this hefty culinary experience with his passion for nutrition to craft 1,200- and 1,800-calorie meal plans designed to help health-conscious eaters like himself stay in tiptop shape without sacrificing taste or quality. Linton only uses fresh ingredients, shying away from the frozen, dehydrated, or astronaut-friendly ones often used in other premade meals. The menu, which is approved by an on-staff dietitian, rotates regularly, and meets the guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Cancer Society. After Chef Linton and his team prepare the dishes within a USDA-approved kitchen, they’ll ship the meals directly to clients’ homes or prep them for pickup at one of Fresh ‘n Fit’s 37 locations.
The team at Tutus and Tennis Shoes specialize in entertaining youngsters with a variety of party options. During royal-themed festivities, the civilian birthday girl and her guests transform into princesses thanks to a costume chest brimming with gowns, tiaras, and pearls. Pop-star costumes replace glamorous gowns during Diva Rock Star parties, whereas co-ed Princesses and Pirates parties allow boys to get in on the fun by donning swashbuckling outfits. Dress-up is just one facet of the themed parties, however. They can also be tailored to include activities such as karaoke, fashion shows, and spa treatments, along with tasty snacks and icy beverages. For maximum convenience, festivities can take place onsite at the decorated party venue or in the comfort of the host’s home.
In addition to parties, the staff also hosts etiquette classes where children learn the art of apologizing, sharing, and table manners. The focus turns to dining during princess-etiquette sessions, where young girls don fancy threads before learning how to correctly use utensils and bestow knighthood with a soup ladle.
The Fun Scientists LLC’s crew of intellectually curious, quirky experimenters enlivens parties for youngsters aged 2–12 with a combination of fitness-based fun and enlightening science demonstrations presented in an entertaining manner. Run by highly trained performers, the science shows’ indoor demonstrations illustrate concepts such as electricity, magnetism, and fire. As a grand finale, staffers wow crowds with dry-ice shows or step outside to make geysers with Mentos, launch water-bottle rockets, or freeze together glasses of water until they form an iceberg. The group’s cotton-candy and popcorn machines supply partygoers with tasty treats, and their bounce houses and bounce-and-slide combos safely sequester energy-filled kids. For children eager to learn more science, The Fun Scientists LLC offers weekly after-school programs during which kids spend an hour on scientific activities built around topics such as DNA and air.
When it comes to media, Michael Escobar is a jack-of-all-trades, so he parlayed his talents into a multimedia company—emphasis on the multi. Much of the time, Michael presides behind the lens of a camera, either snapping photos or recording video, and his footage has racked up its fair share of hits on the Web. When Michael isn't capturing special moments, he doesn't just kick back and relax or walk around wearing a butterfly net on his head so his ideas don't escape. Instead, he keeps his creativity flowing freely by promoting parties, doing graphic design, and spinning tunes as a DJ.
After studying gymnastics in Russia, coaching two world-class gymnasts, and leading the Puerto Rican team at the 1999 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Al Garcia-Sanchez brought his three decades of experience to Kelbren Elite Gymnastics, where he's head coach. Now he and other instructors introduce kids as young as 1 year old to gymnastics. Students learn to master equipment such as the balance beam, vault, and rings, and Fitnastics classes augment backflip acumen with strength training and health tips.
The certified staff at Cleansing Waters Wellness and Weight Loss Center has helped more than 8,000 patients detoxify and hydrate their bodies with colon hydrotherapy treatments. Led by certified hydrotherapist and registered nurse Felicia Elibert, the staff performs a full slate of remedies used to cleanse the body of toxins: body wraps, ionic foot baths, and therapeutic sauna sessions. Their treatments suit clients with specific health concerns or those simply in search of a greater sense of vitality.