Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much saltwater.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
After buying their first canoe in 1942, Chester and Stella Heavner were hooked. So were their friends. After constantly loaning out their red-canvas Old Town canoe, the pair invested in two more and started charging a nominal rental fee. In 1953, they made it official with a patch of riverfront property, eight canoes, and a trailer.
Today, Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental is run by Chester and Stella’s eldest son, Alan. He and his staff manage an inventory of more than 200 canoes and kayaks, which they rent at three locations along the Huron River.
Colorful skeins of yarn line the walls at The Knitting Circle, where knitting enthusiasts and first-timers alike can acquire supplies or sit down for some knitting or crocheting in a comfy area. Guided sessions include two-hour knitting or crocheting classes, which teach participants how to weave yarn into scarves, hats, and finger and toe puppets. For DIYers, The Knitting Circle offers all of the patterns, accessories, and books necessary to get started on a new project or finish an old one.
A boomerang is designed to come right back, but it only works if you throw it perfectly. In that way, the Australian toy makes a fitting logo for The Comeback Inn, since it reflects a commitment to quality food that keeps drawing diners back. That philosophy shines through in every item on the menu, whether it's a plateful of jumbo buffalo wings or a signature Highland Station sandwich, made with fresh pastrami, corned beef, and homemade coleslaw. Although the bulk of the menu is sandwiches and wraps, pasta dishes also make an appearance, as do a fleet of pizzas?including a weekly changing specialty pie, just in case diners have memorized all five proteins on the Meat Meets Meat pizza.
However, there are more reasons to return to Comeback Inn than just food. The restaurant has drink specials and live entertainment several nights a week, including Monday's "My Trivia Live" with Devin, the resident Trivia Jockey. During summer months, Comeback Inn's parking lot transforms into a car show each Tuesday, complete with classic automobiles and live music.
Before founding World Sports Fitness, Pierre F. Mouele routinely went toe-to-head in the ring, earning a kickboxing championship title. Finally, he hung up his gloves and retired his cactus-covered shoes so that he could use his boxing training to whip people into shape. Today, he puts his clients and classes through the same demanding conditioning regimen that prepared him to lay out his opponents.
His students cut swathes of muscle pummeling red, black, and blue punching bags in Shotokan karate and self-defense classes. Alternatively, clients heft weights and toss heavy balls during strength-conditioning courses, which help them sculpt a fighter's body without any of the impact exercises associated with traditional boxing training, such as getting constantly punched.
Blue and red padded squares glow underfoot in the vast gym, unused punching bags standing in neat ranks to the side of the space. Above them hang tidied rows of flags, representing the many nations and organizations from which World Sports Fitness draws its curriculum.