Creative Music Center’s skilled teachers have been nurturing musical talent in students of all ages and skill levels for nearly three decades, earning recognition for their efforts with a Best Music Lessons and Instruments award from Moffly Media readers in 2009. They achieve this high level of instruction by adapting their teaching styles to the needs of each pupil rather than insisting that everyone play Mozart or eat sheet music for breakfast. While private lessons prep students to play everything from the viola to the trombone, teachers also foster camaraderie through group lessons for piano and guitar. Students who haven’t hollowed out a baguette to make their own French horn can rent or buy an instrument from the center, which stocks brands such as Yamaha and Fender.
Winner of a 2011 Best of Monroe Award by the US Commerce Association, Salon DARIN refreshes stale styles for men and women. The staff deals in hair’s many dimensions, sprucing up color, updating texture with smoothing treatments, and shaping styles to compliment clients’ lifestyles. Through each service, stylists douse hair in professional products such as Moroccanoil, which washes away traces of residue and protects individual strands with essential-oil ingredients.
But the salon’s blue walls bear witness to more than just hair clippings abandoning heads for more lucrative work within a trashcan. Aestheticians refresh faces with Plantogen products or wax away unwanted hair, and massage therapists usurp strained muscles in private treatment rooms.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Framed by Kosal's archivists comb a vast inventory of conservation materials to retrieve mats and mouldings that best showcase each client's valuables. By giving special attention to each custom framing order, the archivists carry on a tradition that began when the shop first began preserving artwork, keepsakes, and entire refrigerator doors. From in-store to at-home consultations, staff members guide customers toward the framing materials that optimize beauty and longevity. In addition to framing, Framed by Kosal's specialists offer photo restoration and large-format photo printing, and stock the store with a wide selection of art.
In 1988, Marisa Marini opened Marisa's Ristorante with her two sons. Marisa's son Attilio Marini helms the kitchen which crafts original Italian family recipes alongside high-quality steaks. The eatery?s menu also entertains tongues with dishes such as house-made lasagna, chicken parmigiana smothered in mozzarella cheese, and pizzas topped with fried italian hot peppers, mushrooms, crushed plum-tomato sauce, and clams. The restaurant regales more than taste buds, though. Every Friday night, a high-energy dueling-piano show takes the stage, and on other nights, the stage is occupied by comedians and patrons belting out their favorite karaoke tunes.
MacDaddy’s Macaroni & Cheese Bar elevates elbow noodles to haute cuisine with its 25 varieties of gourmet mac and cheese, which have garnered positive attention from the foodies at The Washington Post. Available in three sizes—the snack, the mac, and the macdaddy—elbow noodles emulate monte cristos with ham and gouda, mimic gumbo with andouille sausage, and impersonate Popeye with spinach, goat cheese, and a keen knowledge of nautical terms. MacDaddy’s also serves dessert in the form of cookies, brownies, and “mac zeppole”—deep-fried noodles tossed with powdered sugar.