John Gustafson began skating at 5 years old, rolling along on squeaky wheels that would carry him toward a lifetime of high-speed competition. At 25, he became a professional skater, winning national championships in both speed skating and figure skating before settling down as the owner of Auburn Skate Connection. His love of skating hasn’t dimmed, though; even with his 69th birthday approaching, John continues to lace up his skates each day to gain an extra 2 inches of height and guide students in the sport he knows so well.
Alongside instructors that he himself recruited, John teaches the art of effortless rolling during private lessons on the rink’s solid-wood skating surface. The team imbues students with the intricacies of quad and inline skating while also focusing on the fundamentals of racing. Their dedication has borne some notable fruit. Olympic gold-medalist Apolo Ohno took his first glides at Auburn, working with John for three years before moving on to his life of ice-based glory.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Peak MMA & Fitness focuses on the client experience. With our welcoming facility and top notch trainers we strive to provide excellence.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Results. Our focus is on intrinsic motivation. We are constantly helping our clients meet their goals.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
With our vigorous training schedule we wanted to provide our clients with a relaxed controlled environment which helped them recenter and relieve stress.
What do you love most about your job?
Everything. Particularly when we change lives.
Though it's not a stated goal of the staff at Super Jump Party Zone Auburn, after a party here, little ones are sure to be all tuckered out. The store-front space is stacked with inflatable play structures designed to help kids 12 and under burn off excess energy. Twin slides stretch 22 feet into the air, while an air-filled obstacle course challenges problem-solving skills as well as a child's sense of balance in a much more fun way than making them walk on tightropes to get to the cookies. In the private party room, guests perch on spacious picnic tables while the birthday child holds court on an inflatable throne. Meanwhile, parents can keep one eye on the action on the 15-foot screen, on which staff can project the big game.
When the staff refers to Xtreme Bounce of Fun's indoor space as a "soft play" playground, they're not just talking about the safe, pillowy surfaces. Instead of the glaringly bright primary colors of most indoor playgrounds, the space is done in pastels and cream colors. These muted tones make for a more calming environment—but they don't take away from the fun. During open play time, kids can crawl through tunnels, descend a light-up slide, and take turns on the cushioned carousel. As they traverse the playground, squares of blue and yellow padding on the floor protect them from hard falls. Socks are required for play, and are available for purchase in case you forgot them or turned them all into hand puppets on the way there.
Upon returning from the battlefields of Korea, George Shin sought a way to maintain fitness and discipline in his life. He then discovered Isshinryu, a style of karate he still practices and teaches to this day, despite nearing his 90th birthday. For more than 40 years, those classes have been part of Washington Isshinryu Society, where George captains a squad of black-belt instructors each with 10+ years of training. Together, they teach students the fundamentals of the discipline, from proper stances to masterfully executed kicks. They also lead rebounding exercises, wherein pupils hop on mini-trampolines to gain muscle tone.
Imagine the best theater Auburn has to offer. White River Amphitheatre has all that and more.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this theater for any one of their A+ dishes.
The patio seating at White River Amphitheatre is perfect for those warm summer days.
The theater features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
Crowds are boisterous at the theater and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
Weekends are when crowds really head to White River Amphitheatre, so plan accordingly.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.