At The Fighting Fit, certified instructors sharpen both kids? and adults? muscles and minds through lessons in krav maga and CrossFit sessions. Hebrew for "close or contact combat," the krav maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli army, who needed a hand-to-hand fighting system that could be learned by anyone regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. Unlike traditional martial arts, krav maga involves no forms, but rather teaches students basic self-defense skills. The multipurpose gym also leads CrossFit Bad Boys sessions that jump-start metabolisms and build dynamic, functional strength and balanced fitness. At least one instructor guides students and all times during classes, and the team offers personal training for individuals who fear being alone in a room with kettlebells.
Bourbon's offers regional entrees?from jambalaya and gumbo to po' boys and other cajun entrees?with a freshly renovated dining room to match. Grilled steaks incite multilingual translations of "Mmm" beside Etruscan stacked stone walls and wood floors. American classics also make the menu, including flame-kissed burgers and domestic craft brews, including ales from Michigan microbreweries Bell's, New Holland, and Founders (not to mention straight bourbon from the Traverse City Whiskey Co.)
With the help of her husband, Chris, Crissi Ballas put her heart and soul into opening Wicks & Stones nearly a decade ago. Blossoming from a simple idea, the business grew into a gallery, jewelry and supply store, workshop, and candle emporium. Today, Wicks & Stones offers a wide variety of classes, from basic beading to stitching bracelets out of high-grade tennis balls. For gift-givers, the shop stocks 100% soy candles, a smattering of Swarovski crystals and other semi-precious stones, and displays packed with already-assembled jewelry.
Pottery Creations allows children and grownups to bring out their creative sides through the art of painting on three-dimensional ceramic canvases. You can use the Groupon for the studio's firing fee ($5 for kids, $8 for adults) and put the rest toward one of more than 100 clay canvases, with items ranging from cups and picture frames to piggy banks and bowls shaped like bunnies ($6 to $40 each). An assortment of tools allows you to daub a pot with a sponge, stencil your surname on a serving tray, or trace your vestigial tail onto an ornament. Parents appreciate Pottery Creations' patient, easygoing staff, who permit food and drink and rarely cry over spilt pigments. Upon your masterwork's completion, they'll fire the piece, let it cool, and dust away its exoskeleton before making the handiwork available for pick-up about a week later.
Aromatic smoke fills the air of La Perle Hookah Lounge's swanky interior as visitors puff on flavored tobacco through authentic hookahs. Sitting in hip white leather couches as TVs play overhead, guests casually inhale from a group hookah in between sipping smoothies made in-house. An outdoor patio provides a respite from the smoke haze, bathing everyone in sunlight or literally bathing them when it's raining.