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.
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.
United Martial Sciences' experienced instructors bestow the basics of calorie-burning kickboxing and jiu-jitsu from the heavy artillery of the gym's floor-mounted boxing ring, full-size mixed-martial-arts cage, and 14 heavy bags. Unlimited cardio kickboxing unlocks one-hour classes that combine boxing gloves, heavy bags, medicine balls, and circuit drills with cerebral strategy and tactical-defensive techniques, including how to properly cover an enemy's toilet in plastic wrap. Cardio-kickboxing instructors lead students through a vigorous workout that primes extremities for combat and kills up to 800 calories per hour. Alternately, United Martial Sciences' Brazilian-born jiu-jitsu instructor imparts submission-hold strategy as part of a strict fitness regimen designed to teach defensive tactics for fighters facing larger and stronger opponents. These sessions focus on honing the competitive trifecta—strength, reflexes, and strategy—required for effective self-defense or protecting helpless kittens from predatory balls of string.
MVP Sports Magazine gives readers a waxy-paged window into the world of the young athletes and high-school programs that define the sports landscape in Topeka and Shawnee County. The quarterly publication covers the notable sports teams from nine area high schools—including Topeka High School, Topeka West High School, and Washburn Rural High School—along with area athletes competing in nonsanctioned sports, such as motocross, rodeo, and contacting extraterrestrials by Morse code flashed with a pocket mirror. Though MVP Sports Magazine publishes past issues online, an active subscription gives readers access to colorful, photograph-laden issues they can proudly display on their coffee table or tool bench.