Top 40 hits blast from speakers on the walls at Starlite Skating Center, sending skaters bouncing to the beat as they glide across the rink. Though the music is modern, the roller rink itself is a throwback: it's made of genuine hardwood maple, like the ones that were so popular in the 1960s. Zooming on top of it is as easy as picking up a pair of rental skates?but for those who?ve never traveled on eight wheels, the centers offer skating lessons, teaching students skills from basic balancing to skating while you're in a handstand.
The centers entertain families off the rink, as well. Players can test their skills on 50 arcade games, while littler children jump and swing in the padded playgrounds. The Sharpsburg location also has a laser tag arena, where siblings and friends square off in space-age shooting matches.
Within the art-adorned walls of A Toast To Art, affable art lovers blend swanky parties with creative painting projects in BYOB classes every weekend. With a "come as you are," no-dress-code-required attitude, the night is sure to be the perfect situation for unleashing artistic talent and adding your own flair to the instructor-led masterpiece you'll be creating. At evening's end, participants get to take home their creation along with the new-found painting skills they need for practicing still-lifes.
The licensed and insured cleaners at 2 Ladies & a Broom rid residences of clutter and mess during 2-hour, detail-oriented scrubbing sessions. Armed with their own cleaning supplies and treats to distract territorial dust mites, crews disinfect, sanitize, and shine as many surfaces as they can during the allotted timeframe. The tidy techs' vacuums zip across floors in bedrooms and living rooms, their scrubbers sanitize toilets, and their cloths clean out refrigerators, making a hygienic home for vegetables and butter sculptures of vegetables.
Bench Warmers lures revelers with a sports-centric bar and anchors them in their seats with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks, and pastas. Under the luminous glow of neon lights and big-game-beaming televisions, patrons can coronate their meal with an order of 10 chicken wings, cloaked in homemade blue-cheese or ranch dressing ($7.99), or accentuate an argument about John Wayne's given name with an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls ($7.99). Corned beef and grilled sauerkraut rest on palanquins of swiss cheese-topped rye bread to form palate-pleasing grilled reuben sandwiches ($7.99), and the lightly seasoned bench steak ($12.99) goes on the offense for a heavy, hunger-hitting lineup of gourmet entrees.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.