Opening the Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center was an ideal decision for Michelle Alvarez, who was eager to make use of both her teaching experience and her lifelong passion for owning and showing horses. Today, her center specializes in training young riders in beginner lessons, which journey through nearby Tradewinds Park's scenic trails and focus on fundamentals such as safety, care, horsemanship, and grooming.
Youth may enjoy mornings at Pony Club or entire days at equestrian camp playing games, filling their noggins with educational material, and riding horses. Acts 2 Acres Equestrian Center is approved by the Girl Scouts of Broward County, meaning that the facility's experienced instructors are accustomed to teaching girl scouts and receiving payment in the form of thin-mint cookies.
Brandishing the latest in dry-cleaning technologies, Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans are at the beck and call of dirty-garment owners. Hand over sullied items, such as pants ($5.99), sweaters ($6.99), two-piece suits ($13.99), and dresses ($11.99+), to the hamper-on-wheels, or drop them off at one of their convenient locations. After whisking away your duds, the washing wizards run them through a gauntlet of cleanliness, using gentle solvents to dissolve anything from wine stains to smudges endured during smear campaigns. Committed to environmental friendliness, Dry Clean Xpress soaks clothes in biodegradable detergent and tumbles them through energy efficient washing equipment, replacing splatters of brownie batter with eco brownie points.
Zoom Room's team of canine-savvy instructors employs a repertoire of positive-reinforcement training to teach dogs to associate good behavior with delicious treats and praise. Classes are geared toward dogs of all ages and levels of training, from obedience and agility training to puppy preschool (for puppies 8–16 weeks), puppy agility (for puppies 2–8 months), and puppy vocational school (for puppy carpenters). One-hour classes—offered individually or in six-week courses—motivate dogs to obey commands, leap over hurdles, or remember to put the toilet seat down through the judicious application of behavior-rewarding treats and tail-wag-inducing praise.
Patrons at Red Rock Oasis & Grill can bite into tear-jerking wings, chew through meaty burgers, and peruse the diverse menu to pick from 20 beers on tap. Dip Red Rock boneless wings ($9.99 for 10) in seven sauces, or order the maximum-heat Cosmic sauce and use it to deice your space shuttle. The glow of 42 plasma TVs and projection screens illuminates Double R burgers ($9.99) dripping with barbecue sauce, overlaying their smoked-bacon slices with images of sportsmen sprinting, spinning, and flying away gripping their winged helmets. Red Rock baby back pork ribs soaked in citrus-chipotle sauce ($11.99 half rack, $18.99 full rack) appease flavor-starved palates, and Maine lobster-stuffed ravioli with bacon float idly in cream sauce ($19.99). Red Rock Select, the house lager, smooth-talks palates with its light, malty taste, and beers on tap, such as Guinness and Stone IPA, cry out for attention. The cinnamon-infused, pastry-wrapped Xango cheesecake ($4.99) lives up to its namesake, a Greek village carved from a single puff pastry.
Since 1964, Guitar Center has paired musicians with guitars, keyboards, drums, Pro Audio gear, and necessary accessories, including DJ and recording equipment to capture newly made melodies. An iPad music-stand adaptor ($39.99) connects an iPad to a music stand, allowing musicians to access online programs and music apps on-stage, or to publicly dedicate a song to their online Scrabble partner. A clip-on tuner ($29.99) keeps notes pitch-perfect, and Guitar Center’s array of sheet music produces a wider variety of sounds than singing from a thesaurus, with options that include the C-surfing The Real Blues Book ($31.49). Stitch tighter harmonies by threading notes onto Slinky guitar strings ($3.79), or use the value of today's Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as the Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar ($169–$179.99). Guitar Center rounds out its collection of gear with Pro Audio and DJ equipment, keyboards, and drums, allowing every band member or solo cymbal player to stock up on their chosen form of expression.
In a slew of sumptuous scents, the candles at Lemon Grass bestow aromatic ambience upon hands and homes. Each bar boasts actual bits of whatever comprises its essence, such as the dried rose-infused floral Moonlight Kiss or the grain-topped honey oatmeal scrub. Young phalanges may no longer resist bath time when botanical vegan olive-oil soaps enliven laving ($6/3.5 oz. slice), and industrious hygienists may opt for a loofah soaplogg, an all-in-one sweet-smelling slab housing an exfoliating body sponge inside the bar ($6.50). Dimly lit domiciles in search of effulgence may prefer Lemon Grass's candle collection. Like their sink-dwelling counterparts, each torch touts three-dimensional tokens representative of its personal perfume, as in the 4"x3" round fresh-cut grass, a waxy ecosystem sheltering its own lawn of emerald blades and clump-chewing mole colony ($22). The shop also sells a supporting cast of statuesque taper stands, such as the regal 5-inch round Cordova Rust, which is swirled with leaf details ($16.50).