As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
A beacon of global, ecological, and culinary change, Farm to Family provides local farmers and their customers with a simple, more sustainable means of transporting food from source to stomach. Because of the market's communal roots, the staff is able to keep a keen, green thumb on what's seasonally fresh, what's regionally rich, and what's soon to be needed for noshing, carving, and squashing. The seasonal selection currently includes succulent yellow squash and zucchinis ($1.89/lb.), sweet potatoes ($1.69), and most everything else that can be harvested within the region, including unmodified, unexpressive proto-jack-o-lanterns ($1–$15, ranging from mini to giant and fancy pumpkins). To see a complete list of what's sprouting up in the market, feel free to check out the weekly selection online.
A mouth-watering display of delectable delights strut their sugary stuff behind the glass encasements at Kilwin's, where fudge is handcrafted from fresh ingredients and infused with an array of tempting flavors. Traditionalists can tantalize tongues with chocolate fudge, and reclusive sweet teeth can emerge from their enamel shells for decadent turtle fudge, loaded with pecans and creamy caramel. Kilwin's charming Williamsburg shop also comes outfitted with a friendly and helpful staff, eager to help customers select the perfect pound of fudge to give to a loved one, party hostess, or magician about to perform his amazing "vanishing chocolate" trick. And because Kilwin's fudge is renowned for not melting, it makes an ideal gift or snack year-round, even during months traditionally spent hiding out in your neighbor's jacuzzi.