Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.
At The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare, it’s not just the little things that count, such as cage-free boarding and the building's double doors, which prevent escapes. It's the big things, too. The Dog Gone Inn Doggie Daycare staff members are certified in animal first aid by the Red Cross, and climate-controlled animal areas offer webcams, which allow clients to check in on their pets. In addition, the daycare space is stocked with plush chairs, toys, and a TV broadcasting dog-related shows. Here, staff members look after pets during the day and offer extended hours so owners don’t have to leave work early. Overnight boarding, bathing and grooming packages, as well as doggy extras, such as massages, training, and personalized walks, are also available.
In 2011, owners Daniel Gualtieri and Samuel Vulcano purchased Swanson Cleaners with the intention of maintaining the Swanson family’s 67-year tradition of reliable, quality dry cleaning. The versatile cleaning experts demonstrate their years of experience by banishing stains and marks from clothes ranging from sweaters and ties to simple two-piece suits and their formal cousins the 12-piece chicken dinners.
The Yogi Coach’s certified instructor Jeff Phelan guides students through 90-minute group classes that blend techniques from Hatha, Kripalu, and several other yoga styles to create a workout that is both challenging and relaxing. Classes meet Tuesday evenings in tranquil St. Matthews Episcopal Church, while Thursday-night benders meet at 4 Seasons Pilates, flexing together to improve balance and strength with stretches, poses, and full-body demonstrations of the windsor knot. Each class is divided into three sections, starting with a centering to sync the body and mind before shifting into asanas and vinyasas (poses and sequences of poses) that promote strength and flexibility, and winding down with a calming-yet-energizing relaxation. Aside from promoting stress reduction and a sturdy core, classes emphasize meditation and breathing techniques to encourage self-awareness, proper postures, and waking dreams about incredibly focused bagpipers.
Laundry Moms delivers a weekly reprieve from the most infamous household chore by abducting dirty clothes and linens and promptly returning them washed, dried, and neatly folded. After designating a convenient pickup location and delivery time, Laundry Moms arrives on schedule, ready to whisk shirts, pants, and bed sheets to the land of detergents and cleansing carousels. Before folding clothes into neat piles of origami cranes, Laundry Moms either tumble dries them or, as one of several extra services, hangs them on a clothesline ($1/piece) to dry in the open air and properly display “Hang in There!” motivational T-shirts. The typical turnaround is 48 hours, but Laundry Moms offers expedited service for an additional fee ($10).