New year. New you. New resolutions. They often seem simple in theory — stop biting your nails, get more organized, bake cookies without setting off the fire alarm — but often become complicated when practiced.
Luckily there are local restaurants, gyms, entertainment centers and baking classes to keep those on a journey to better themselves in line.
This resolution is one of the hardest to stay on top of since so many people became accustomed to eating sugar cookies and ham regularly during the holidays. Often, whether you are cutting out sugar, bread, diary or unhealthy foods altogether, finding restaurants that will accommodate your new lifestyle can be cumbersome. Well, at least until this list was made.
Fresh Planet: Its menu has a healthy little something for everyone, including smoothies, juices, açaí bowls, pizza and toasted pita combos. Looking to cut out carbohydrates? No worries: It also serves egg pitas. 116 Tallmadge Circle, Suite C, Tallmadge
NOMZ: This restaurant has an extensive vegan menu, a feature those lowering their dairy- or animal-based protein intake should take advantage of. In addition to traditional side dishes, NOMZ has a selection of healthy vegan sides to choose from. Northside Marketplace, 21 Furnace St., Akron
Twinsburg Healthy: This place is all about serving up health-conscious, on-the-go fare for those with a busy lifestyle. The menu features a variety of wholesome high-protein shakes, energizing teas, soothing aloes and healthy snacks. 9076 Church St. #4, Twinsburg
Mizz Shakesum: You will find Mizz Shakesum’s smoothies, juices, sea moss gummies and açaí bowls in Akron’s Northside Marketplace on Furnace Street or the Whole Foods Market on West Market Street in Akron. Owner Taylor McKinnie accepts special requests and will deliver drinks for an additional cost.
Ms. Julie’s Kitchen: A vegan restaurant sporting meals like barbecue kale wings and hemppattywiches (sprouted organic tofu, hempseeds, garden grown beets, spelt bread crumbs, onions, and spices made into a baked patty served on local organic spelt bread with veganaise, lettuce and tomato). 1809 S. Main St., Akron
It often seems like it is near impossible to have a fun nightlife without it revolving around alcohol, but that’s just not the case. To prove it, here are five fun things to do after 5 p.m. besides hitting the bars.
TimberBeast Axe Throwing: One way to let off steam while having some fun is throwing axes, preferable in a controlled environment like TimberBeast. The company even has a trailer for all your mobile ax-throwing needs. 2524 Medina Road, Suite 300, Medina
Screen Suites: Reserving one of these gets you a private suite with its own dining room, bathroom and high-definition theater with access to any streaming service and DirecTV — truly a dream come true for those of us who like to try new foods and movies. 797 E. Market St., Akron
Akron Civic Theatre: Entertainment doesn’t just stop at musical performances at the Akron Civic Theatre. Over the next couple of months, drag shows, stunt dogs, “Dancing with the Stars” and more will also take the stage. 182 S. Main St., Akron
Take a selfie … or two … or three: Make an appointment at one of the area’s selfie studios for a few hours of photo-centric fun. Not sure where to start? Try out OH SNAP Photo Lab’s inflatable photo booth and 360 spin booth. 209 S. Main St., Suite 501, Akron
Locked In! @ the Lakes: Get the blood pumping with one of Locked In! @ the Lakes’ three escape rooms involving either a serial bomber, deserted island or The Spawn of the Zodiac, a notorious serial killer. 463 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township
One of life’s more cruel jokes is ensuring all the great things about the holidays (pumpkin rolls, eggnog, ham, etc.) never fail to pack on the pounds each year. It’s a real shame, but the good news is that everyone gets 10 months to check out these gyms, lose the weight and start the cycle over again — whoopie!
Welcome to the Pit: This 24/7 gym offers one-, three-, six- and 12-month memberships starting at a monthly rate of $27. Its training equipment is suitable for novice and experienced individuals. 2530 Wedgewood Drive, Akron
Fit Life Gym: This gym specializes in small and large group personal training, nutrition coaching and mindset development. 2101 Front St., Lower Level, Cuyahoga Falls
Ripp City Fitness: A full-service physical gym with the technology to curate an online workout experience and massage therapy. New members do not have to pay dues until 2023 but will initially pay a $29.99 set-up fee. 9224 Darrow Road, Twinsburg
Get Fit 24: Membership here means access to personal trainers and the 24/7 gym. It alsos sells grab-and-go meals, drinks, supplements and pre-workout by the scoop. 2695 W. Market Street, Fairlawn
Tyrannosaurus Flex Fitness: A fitness center with drumfit (a cardio drumming program where participants use yoga balls, buckets, drumsticks and high-energy music to complete a full-body workout), Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and other classes involving bungee cords (T-flex fly) and kangaroo shoes (T-flex bounce). 3073 Graham Road, Stow
Spend time with friends and family
Finding more time to spend with those who are important in your life can be difficult but determining what to do during that quality time doesn’t have to be. Summit County is filled with family-friendly things to bond over.
Springfield Lake Roller Rink: Nothing quite says family time like racing around a roller rink or teaching little ones how to properly skate. On a budget? Take the whole family for $2 Tuesdays, where admission and skate rentals are $2 each. 1220 Main St., Lakemore
So So Artsy Paint & Sip Studios: Creative expression is important, so why not do it with your friend group or family? This arts and crafts studio and workshop provides the art supplies and lets you bring in food or drinks to enjoy while painting. So So Artsy is only hosting private, mobile and virtual events at this time. 115 E. Aurora Road, Northfield
Stonehedge: Walk in and take your pick of activities. Stonehedge has normal bowling, lunar bowling and arcade games available year-round. In the warmer months, patrons can use the miniature golf course, too. 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron
Ice skating: Go out and get some quality time on the ice before it’s too late. Skating costs $3 at the Lock 3 rink in downtown Akron if you bring your own skates and $5 for those who need to rent skates. There is no admission fee for the rink near Cuyahoga Falls’ downtown pavilion and amphitheater. Skate rentals there are $4 per person.
Fun ‘n’ Stuff: An amusement park with indoor bumper cars, laser tag, bowling, roller skating and some unusual attractions, like a mini roller coaster. One great perk is that families can bring their own cake to eat while playing. 661 Highland Road E., Macedonia
Learn a new skill or hobby
The options with this resolution are almost endless, but here are just a few to get the ball rolling.
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center: This art center has classes for those who want to learn ceramics, woodcarving, drawing and painting. Courses for painting are broken down further according to the medium used to paint, such as watercolors, oil and acrylic. 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
The Twinsburg Karate Institute: Signing up for classes like this are really a two-in-one deal. By practicing martial arts, you get to exercise and learn how to properly defend yourself at the same time — a real blessing for the overachievers trying to fulfill two New Year’s resolutions this year. 2272 Pinnacle Parkway, Twinsburg
Creative Motion Studios: This dance studio has classes for people who would like to learn in person or virtually. Creative Motion Studios is currently offering courses on tap and cardio barre once a week. 50 Springside Drive Suite A-130, Akron
Long Tail Knits: There’s still enough time to create that scarf before winter is over. Learn from fiber artists and experts how to knit, weave, crochet, felt, lace and work with just about any other fiber you can think of. 148 E. Aurora Road, Northfield Center
Marie’s Patisserie: Here it is, the solution to the fire alarm going off when you get ambitious and attempt to make cookies. You’ll get schooled on simple eats like cinnamon rolls to the culinary world’s more complicated recipes, like French macarons. 338 Northeast Ave, Tallmadge
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