Quiet is the first stop on the road to inner peace, according to Ramona Crabtree-Falkner, owner of Ananda Center for Yoga and Massage, LLC. At her tranquil studio, clients engage in active modes of relaxation such as yoga and passive forms such as massage therapy and reiki. During private and group yoga instruction, students venture inward by pairing deep breathing and meditation with ancient poses that stretch and strengthen the body. One-on-one sessions propel yogis toward specific goals such as weight loss and injury recovery, and group classes build community while releasing recently acquired stress and eye rolls stored up since high school. Bodywork services spotlight therapies from around the world, including the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage and the stretches and acupressure of Thai foot reflexology.
While most people’s biggest water-related fear might be sharks, Phil Pektas's was children. Not the kids themselves, of course, but the prospect of teaching them. This terror first surfaced when he was tapped to fill in for the Pre-K instructor at the swim school where he taught. Fortunately, he conquered that fear during the very first lesson and 20 years later is still introducing young people to the necessary skills for ensuring safe, aquatic fun. Pektas and his staff of American Red Cross–, CPR-, and First-Aid- certified instructors use activities, toys, and analogies to improve performance in the pool. With games such as Bird Catcher, kids will learn how to control their breathing and hunt for sub-aquatic fowl indigenous to chlorinated pools.
Meet Nannette. She's a former professional ballroom competitor with a slew of competition wins under her belt, but that's not as important as what she'll do for you. Alongside her staff of similarly talented dancers, Nannette cultivates a fun, inclusive, and laid back atmosphere while helping students perfect their ballroom footwork with classes in popular styles such as swing, waltz, tango, and cha-cha. Men, women, and even children learn how to twist and spin at all of Nannette's six locations, where guests can get exercise, relieve stress, and meet new dance-savvy people while having fun. The studio also offers private lessons in clients' homes or in their favorite supermarket aisles.
Carter Family Bowl & Pizzeria keeps bowlers' eyes and ears entertained with vibrant music and disco lights while their hands are busy knocking down pin after pin. Automatic scoring keeps track of the action on each of 20 lanes, and bumpers aid younger bowlers as they step up to the lane's home plate to punt for a goal. An onsite pro shop keeps customers in top form by souping up personal equipment with cleaning and drilling services. And at the pizzeria, a full menu of pies, appetizers, and desserts prevents bowlers' growling stomachs from being mistaken for lost, beloved schnauzers.
Champion over the ghoulish attractions gracing all 18 holes at Monster Mini Golf. The Winter Garden location contains enough geometric challenges to make the course interesting for all ages. Navigate your illuminated golf ball past horrible goblins, a disgruntled swamp monster, impolite specters, and a scarecrow jack-in-the-box, or just stand in awe at the 3-D spectacle. Be sure to listen for Monster Mini Golf’s own in-house radio station, "W.I.R.D. (Weird Radio)," whose live, on-site DJ hands out prizes for random reasons on the links.
At Gifted University, young children have an opportunity to explore all the knowledge the world has to offer. Classes start as young as six months, teaching children dance, art, and foreign languages. After school programs complete a well-balanced education with engineering and science lessons alongside art and foreign language programs. Gifted University also offers dance, music, vocal lessons and private and group music lessons, and more. When they're not learning how to read music, kids can play with their friends in Giftedville, the school's indoor playground.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Gifted University is one of the only education-enrichment programs of its kind in the area. Most parents spend their weeks traveling to several locations and several programs, while Gifted University offers them all in one location.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring? All your child needs to bring is his or her imagination, positive energy, and willingness to explore.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? My daughters were actually the inspiration behind starting this business. We wanted them to have introductions to multiple art forms and subjects. I have struggled for years to find one program that offered everything in one place. So we created it.
What do you love most about your job? We love introducing children to the world of the performing arts and watching them explore, discover, and embrace their gifts. We also love working with children that maybe gifted in an academic subject and helping them to reach their highest potential.