After spending more than 20 years training civilians and designing workouts for the military, Ira Wenze opened his own 4,000-square-foot fitness center to bring the rapid benefits of boot camp to locals. Registered as an elite trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as a fitness therapist and performance-nutrition specialist, Wenze designs intense group workouts that offer far more support than exercising next to balloon animals. Fellow certified trainers include D-Bo, a specialist in boxing and mixed martial arts, and Brian Hannah, a former fitness instructor for the Navy. Alongside ever-changing workouts that incorporate weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX suspension equipment, supportive instructors deliver sound nutritional advice that emphasizes health and energy over dieting. Coaches demonstrate their zeal for progress by taking regular fitness assessments that check in on individual progress, draft new goals, and quiz participants on the metallic properties of free weights.
The spirit stockpilers of Paradise Liquor amass a dizzying collection of hard-to-find craft beers, fine and novelty wines, and liquors. The helpful, friendly staff will pluck the ideal bottle of wine from the extensive vino collection to best complement light summer pastas and hors d'oeuvre trays. Seagram's Gin ($19.99/1.75 liter) injects juniper tones into any gimlet, whereas Canadian Mist whiskey warms up to small glasses of ice. Christen newborn ocean liners with a bottle of Evan Williams Black bourbon ($19.99/1.75 liter) or enliven sleepy knitting circles with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka ($19.99/1.75 liter). If a favorite libation cannot be located on the ample shelves of Paradise Liquor, sauce suppliers are happy to place a special order or guide discerning palettes toward an alternative intoxicant.