Inside the 1,300-square-foot training area of Estero Martial Arts & Fitness, experienced and certified instructors teach classes for children and adults. Their curriculums include mixed martial arts, martial-arts drills for children aged 3–6, kickboxing, and aikido. The facility also hosts a pro shop for equipment, as well as an observation area with seating for onlookers.
Kid-centric Music Pups classes make kids from birth to age 5 want to move to the groove alongside a dance-partner parent. The 45-minute classes, led by enthusiastic musical educators, aim to help children develop an appreciation for music through fun and stimulating activities during a time when they are most likely to absorb new information like tiny rhythmic vampires. Classes include one illustrated songbook and a CD to continue the musical fun at home. The retail stock at
Kids Rock Music Class offers a range of kid-friendly merchandise, from pretty puppets ($19.99) to personalized CDs ($14.95+), and musical instruments such as recorders ($6.99), kazoos ($3.99), and harmonicas ($5.99), perfect for continuing classroom lessons at home.
The instructors at Pilates Plus fashion themselves in the likeness of the body's core: flexible yet supportive. Owner Tammy Schulz draws on more than 800 hours of training and 35 years in the fitness industry to guide her clients through classic Pilates classes. Her daughter Traci is also on staff, though her approach to Pilates reflects her own passions for dance and yoga in its blend of music and stretching.
Having mastered hundreds of versatile Pilates exercises, these experts host group and private classes that make good use of their studio's mats, ballet barres, and mechanical bull. Though their approaches differ, an emphasis on core strength and coordination remains at the forefront of every session.
Since launching off from the shores of Fort Myers Beach in 1982, Paradise Parasail’s signature smiley-face parachutes have become an iconic image in the sky, now flying high above the waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Lake of the Ozarks. USCG-licensed captains navigate each of the company's boats as riders trail behind at heights of up to 500 feet. With feet flopping in the wind, thrill-seekers are free to wave to their friends, family, and nearby migratory birds. Parasailers can also pose for photos and videos captured by the company's onboard photographers.
Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.
After 20 years spent selling pianos at one of New England?s largest keyboard retailers, Jay and Kay Guretsky decided to move to Florida and open their own business in 1991. The couple opened three music shops before moving all of their inventory into their current jumbo-size space, where they earned a reputation as the best place to buy pianos and organs, according to the News-Press readers in 2012. Jay & Kay?s Organ & Piano Co. stocks more than 150 instruments, including grand pianos, electric organs, and invisible synths for accompanying prog-rock air guitarists. The shop?s instructors lead intensive private lessons and laid-back group sessions that use the Recreational Music Making system. Endorsed by the National Association of Music Merchants, RMM equips students with the skills and self-confidence for recreational playing.