The acoustics in Uncle Bo's Live are as smooth as the ambiance. The blues venue hosts singers and performers amid the backdrop of a recycled cobblestone floor, plus woodwork and stained glass that once was in the old governor's mansion. While listening to Grammy and International Blues Society award winners croon, audience members can relax with drinks from the full bar or a menu of barbecue dishes.
For those who can't pry themselves out of their seats until late into the evening, the attached Ramada Downtown boasts guest rooms with a free breakfast buffet.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Personal trainer Jamie Neal didn't like the stuffy, crowded atmosphere of larger gyms. So she began seeing her clients in their homes or at the community center, allowing them to bring their own motivational music and avoid mobbed treadmills. She hosts one-on-one and group workouts as well as boot-camp programs, some of which include nutrition plans, shopping lists, and regular evaluations of each student's progress.
Serving savory subs since 1956, the friendly bread bookenders at Jersey Mike’s employ fresh ingredients to gift diners with an extensive menu of handheld eats assembled directly before eager mouths. Sink your ivories into cold subs such as the Jersey Shore's Favorite, where generous slices of provolone, ham, and cappacuolo arrive layered with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, vinegar, and a sprinkling of oil and spices ($4.29–$8.95, depending on size). Chilly diners dissatisfied with standard whole-wheat sleeping bags can warm up next to hot subs such as the Big Kahuna Cheese Steak ($6.95/reg, $10.75/giant) or the chicken parm's infusion of melted provolone, tomato sauce, and parmesan ($6.25/reg, $9.75/giant). Diners seeking munchables as light as a CGI feather can sample the fresh-tossed salad ($3.99) or tuna salad ($6.25). The friendly sandwich sculptors will also happily customize any 'wich to your whims, offering a host of vegetarian options or the utensil-friendly Sub in a Tub, which mixes the ingredients in a bowl sans bread.
With a membership of more than 1,200 firms and 1,700 individuals, the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce connects savvy professionals with educational and social events and helps businesses to flourish with exclusive benefits. Businesspeople mingle at power breakfasts and after-hours events to discuss corporate concerns, commercial opportunities, or how to succeed without really trying. Educational forums and seminars hone skills as members can take advantage of low-cost, direct-mail opportunities, access demographic and business information, or purchase the Chamber’s member mailing lists for a small fee. Discounts from vendors such as Staples and Constant Contact keep everyday costs low, and the Chamber’s website nudges browsers toward members’ sites with direct links.
Avenue Hair Styling and Day Spa's seasoned aestheticians beautify bodies with a range of noninvasive prettifying techniques from haircuts to body wraps. An expansive ocean mural presides over the scene as massages unfurl muscles, and clenched fists release their tension during a pampering manicure and a paraffin treatment that reduces lines, like a speedy ticket redeemer at an amusement park. As stylists snip locks in the wood-paneled salon, guests can bid adieu to leg fuzzies before an aerodynamics-promoting waxing. Avenue Hair Styling and Day Spa proudly throws its hair in the ring of the Locks of Love program, a nonprofit dedicated to matching donated tresses to disadvantaged children.