Mom-Approved Award Winner: Fayetteville Athletic Club

Editors’ note: Congrats to Fayetteville Athletic Club, one of our website sponsors who recently earned a Mom-Approved Award in the “Best Place to Work Out” category. Get info on all the Club has to offer in today’s featured profile.

Location: 2920 East Zion Road, Fayetteville, AR 72703  at the corner of Crossover and Zion Road

Phone: 479-587-0500


Mon. – Thurs.: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

(Club hours may vary on certain holidays or during special club events.)

Kids Fit Fun FACtory:

Mon. -Thurs.:  7:30am – 8:00 pm
Friday:  7:30am – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Operating since: Proud to say that we are celebrating 20 years in Fayetteville – established in 1996

Gym offerings: fac-spinning

  • 120,000 square foot campus
  • 16,000 square foot Kids Fit FACtory
  • 14,000 square foot cardio and weight floor
  • Indoor and outdoor pool areas
  • Indoor track
  • Cadence Café with coffee, sandwiches and smoothies

Group Exercise Studios

  • Over 100 classes weekly included in your membership
  • Five separate, dedicated studios
  • Group exercise featuring: Cycling, Pilates, Barre, and Hot Yoga classes
  • Les Mills classes including:  Body Pump, Body Combat, RPM, Body Attack, Body Step, Sprint and Body Flow

WAYMO Cross Training and AMP

  • Dedicated WAYMO Cross Training Court
  • TRX Studiofeaturing H.I.I.T., Kettlebells and TRX

Weight Floor and Cardiofac-weight2

  • Over 70 cardio machines
  • Precor elipticals, Technogym and Star Trac treadmills
  • Cybex Arc Trainers, Concept2 rowing machines
  • Full lines of FreeMotion weight equipment
  • Two full lines of weight machines from Technogym and Life Fitness
  • Dedicated stretching areas
  • Small-group and personal training
  • Social seating areas and personal viewing screens on cardio equipment
  • Indoor Track (10 laps = 1 mile )

Pilates Studio

  • 5 Allegro Reformers
  • 4 Springboards
  • Stott Pilates Chair
  • Ladder Barrel
  • Studio Reformer
  • ½ Trapeze Table

Razor’s Edge Youth Fitness Center

  • Cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes
  • Bee-Fit Strength Training equipment designed specifically for kids ages 8 – 12 years old

Pool Areasfac-pool

  • Two separate outdoor pool areas
  • Kids pool with slides
  • Adult lap pool
  • Poolside café
  • Air supported, indoor pool area with a 25-yard lap pool
  • 70 lengths or 35 laps = 1 mile (pool enclosure is removed during the summer months)
  • Sauna, steam room and whirlpool in men’s and women’s locker rooms

Indoor Basketball Courts

  • Hardwood court for basketball, volleyball and futsal soccer
  • Scheduled full and half-court games
  • Six basketball hoops

Tennis Center

  • 6, plexi-cushion tournament tennis courts/ bubbled and heated during the winter for year round play
  • Pro shop and viewing area
  • APEX Junior Tennis Academy
  • USTA leagues
  • Professional teaching staff

Locker Rooms

  • Free day-use lockers
  • Lounge areas for relaxing pre or post-workout
  • Complimentary lotions, shampoos, and soaps
  • Free towel service
  • Large whirlpool in each locker room
  • Eucalyptus steam room
  • Dry sauna

Fit Kids Fun FACtoryfac-kids-area

  • 16,000 square foot kid’s club with dedicated gym and play studios
  • Separate Fit Kids Fun FACtory entrance
  • Two-story indoor play structure
  • Outdoor playground
  • Art room
  • X-Box Kinect fitness game room
  • Dedicated room just for infants
  • Programmed activities
  • Birthday party/ multipurpose room
  • Licensed After School Program
  • Licensed extremely active Summer Camp
  • Jumpstart Licensed Preschool Program
  • Indoor multi-sport gymnasium including built in soccer goals, 6 basketball goals and dasher boards.
  • Dedicated Boys and Girls locker rooms

Retreat Day Spa featuring

Massage Therapy including: fac-spa

·         Swedish Massage

·         Deep Tissue Massage

·         Reflexology

·         Maternity Massage

·         Hot Stone Massage

Aesthetic Service including:

  • European Facial
  • Oxygen Infusion Facial
  • Age Smart Facial
  • Acne Relief Facial
  • Lash and Brow tinting
  • Waxing
  • Spray Tanning

Med Spa Services including:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Age Smart Treatment
  • Botox Cosmetic®
  • Juvederm® XC procedures.fac-tennis2

What you might not know about FAC: Our APEX Junior Tennis Program is a fabulous way for kids to learn the game of tennis as young as 4 years old. Our Pro staff includes nationally ranked Division I Tennis Players/Teaching Pro’s. In this program, juniors play with color coded tennis balls. Each ball has been designed to bounce at the proper height for children to learn the game of tennis quickly. Each ball color also corresponds to a different court size. As the youth players become stronger, they graduate to smaller/dense balls and larger court sizes. We have many children that start in our tennis program and are able to volley the ball within a few group lessons. Many of our APEX players have earned scholarships and are now playing at the college/university level.

What a local mom says about Fayetteville Athletic Club: “Absolutely LOVE this club. A huge variety of classes including my two favorite Yoga instructors Lara and Lynnlee and Body Pump instructor Rick. My son loves the daycare, and a full size pool makes triathlon training much easier. Friendly staff is a plus and selling my favorite juices from Berry Natural is the icing on the cake!”   ~  Jessica Angelica of Fayetteville

Congrats to the staff of Fayetteville Athletic Club!
Click here to visit their website.

Dog Party USA: “Best Local Dog Boarding” Award Winner

Editors’ note: Congrats to Dog Party USA, one of our website sponsors who recently earned a Mom-Approved Award in the “Best Dog Boarding” category. Get to know the business a little better with today’s featured profile.


Voted as a 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winner in the
“Best Pet Boarding” category

Winner: Dog Party USA

Location: 912 S. Maestri Road, Springdale

Phone: 479-306-4660

Hours: 7 am to 6:30 pm weekdays, 9 to 5 pm Saturdays, 3 to 5 pm Sundays

dogs-at-dog-partyOperating since: 2011

Dog Party USA is best known for: Since opening in 2011, we have continually strived to improve, not only our facilities, yards, play areas, indoor areas (air conditioned and heated), but also our understanding of dogs and their body language, as well as their needs/desires.

We have recently invested in a very comprehensive training system for staff that was developed in the last year by the Dog Gurus, some very knowledgeable ladies that we have followed and learned from since before we even opened.

Let me tell you, there is never a dull moment around here!

What’s your favorite thing about owning/operating Dog Party? The dogs of course!

Do the dogs love Ultra Suede music? Fun Fact: The owner, Chaddie, is lead singer for the awesome local band, Ultra Suede!

And you have a Halloween event coming up, right? Yes, the Annual Dog Party USA Halloween Costume Party will be on Oct. 29th. It’s free and open to the public! It will be here at Dog Party, from 5:30 – 8 pm.  All “parents” and puppies are encouraged to dress up. There will be delicious food, live music, games, prizes, goody bags and of course a costume contest. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Paws.”

Tell us about some of the classes that are forming this fall:

Agility for Fun and Confidence – This is a fun, low-pressure class that will help strengthen your bond with your dog, and reinforce commands that you learned in basic obedience. It can also do wonders for your dog’s confidence level, through overcoming obstacles in a group environment. These classes are for four weeks on Tuesday afternoons at 5:30pm.

dog-party-pupCompetitive Agility for Beginners – This is a good class for high energy breeds that are looking to learn the sport of agility, and all the rules that go along with competition. This is a six-week class on Saturday mornings at 10:30am.

Basic Obedience – This class is good for people and their dogs just beginning their training, regardless of age. The class covers the basics: sit, down, stay, loose-leash walking, coming when called, etc. It is a six-week class on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm for one hour each week. Class space is limited.

Head-Start Puppy Program – For puppies 8 – 16 weeks of age. This class uses fun and positive reinforcement techniques to promote desirable behaviors and address issues that are often overlooked before it is too late. Includes puppy play, teaching appropriate play styles and learning to avoid toy/food aggression. Classes are four sessions, or one month, starting every other month.

Call 479-306-4660 — or click here — to sign up for all classes!


Congrats to the staff at Dog Party USA!
Click here to visit their website.

The New School: Best “NWA Private School” Award winner

Editors’ note: Congrats to The New School, one of our website sponsors who recently earned a Mom-Approved Award in the “Best Private School” category. Get to know this local private school a little better with today’s featured profile.


Voted as a 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winner in the
“Best NWA Private School” category

Winner: The New School

Location: 2514 New School Place, Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: 479-521-7037

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Operating since: 1971

The New School is known for: The New School, a co-educational independent school, has offered excellence in education in Northwest Arkansas since 1971.

Situated on a 26-acre wooded campus in Fayetteville, the school continues to grow to provide the best education to young people in Northwest Arkansas.

This past fall, (TBS) awarded The New School first ranking on the prestigious 50 Best Private Elementary Schools national list. The school was named the top school for its academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity and reputation. The New School was also awarded The Very Best Middle School for 2015 from Celebrate Magazine through community voting.

“We are honored to be recognized both regionally and nationally,” said Dennis Chapman, President and Head of School. “To be in the company of such fine independent schools is a validation of the good work our faculty are doing each day for our students.”


Tell us about the new high school addition: The latest development, announced to the public in January, is that the school is adding an upper school, grades 9-12, beginning with ninth grade this August 2016 and adding a grade each year.

Lead gifts from the J.B. Hunt family and Todd and Shelley Simmons will enable the school to begin Phase I of the Campus Master Plan. The J.B Hunt family has pledged $10 million and Todd and Shelley Simmons have pledged $3 million. These donations represent their single largest philanthropic gifts to any organization.

“Both families support the mission and philosophy of the school and understand how this benefits children in Northwest Arkansas,” said Chapman.

The commitment of the two lead gifts provided the springboard to start Phase I of the New School Forever campaign.

The school is breaking ground this fall on three new buildings which support the school’s college prep, STEAM-based, whole child approach to education. Chapman said the school is committed to a small student-to-teacher ratio and a surge in enrollment necessitates campus expansion to accommodate this.

“We think overall a small student-to-teacher ratio is important to the growth of our students at every grade level, in every subject, ” Chapman said. “This is why we’re so excited about our campus expansion. It allows us to deliver this dynamic learning environment to even more students in Northwest Arkansas.”

What will the different buildings house? The first building is a three-story, 36,000-square foot academic center, featuring science labs and collaborative spaces. Fifth and sixth graders will be housed on the first floor, seventh and eighth graders on the second and ninth through twelfth on the third floor.

new-school-with-shovelsThe second facility is a 9,000-square foot innovation center, which will feature the school’s tinkering studio, with spaces for robotics, wood shop and a cybercafe common space for the students.

The third building is an 18,000-square foot gymnasium featuring a full-court gym and mezzanine level with strength and conditioning opportunities for student athletes.

“As we continue to grow with the addition of high school students, our new facilities can accommodate more, which is important for social and athletic reasons,” said Chapman.

Can you tell us about the new scholarship opportunities? Beyond new facilities, the school has also made a commitment to providing financial aid and scholarships to students through an increase in financial aid offerings and with the new Whitaker Family Scholarship Program. Made possible by the generosity of the Don and Pauline Whitaker family, the scholarship fund will provide the school the ability to award four $5,000 scholarships to new incoming 9th grade students, renewed annually and totaling $20,000 per student over his or her upper school career.

“We really see the need in Northwest Arkansas and we are providing families with an incredible option. There are so many students who want to be challenged academically, compete athletically and also pursue creative interests and hobbies such as theatre, dance or painting. The New School’s addition of a high school gives students the chance to discover and pursue all their passions, which is important not only for college, but for life,” Chapman said. “I think families are seeking this for their children and we’ll undoubtedly see continued growth throughout the school.”

What a local mom says about The New School: The New School lives up to its mission to foster a love of learning in students. My children are thriving here academically and socially. Thank you teachers, staff and administration!

Congrats to the staff at The New School!
Click here to visit their website.

3 Monkeys: “Best Local Children’s Clothing” Award Winner

Editors’ note: Congrats to 3 Monkeys, one of our website sponsors who recently earned a Mom-Approved Award in the “Best Children’s Boutique” category. Get to know the business a little better with today’s featured profile.


Voted as a 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winner in the
“Best Children’s Boutique” category

Winner: 3 Monkeys Children’s Boutique

Location: Newly relocated to 5001 W. Pauline Whitaker Parkway, Suite 120, Rogers, Arkansas, 72758

Phone: 479-372-4241

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays; By appointment only on Mondays

Known for: Wide variety of boys and girls clothing, shoes and gifts, featuring brands including Stella McCartney, Kate Spade, Minnetonka, Frankie and Sue, Native Shoes, Billie Blush, Eleven Paris, and more

Owner: Cait Shemin3-monkeys-item

Owner’s favorite item in the store this month: “First, I want to personally thank everyone in Northwest Arkansas and beyond for their support! It has been such a pleasure getting to know so many amazing families! My favorite piece? As a mom of two preschoolers, I personally love the velvet and floral jumpsuit by Frankie and Sue (pictured right). The color matches kiddos’ vibrant personalities, it’s easy to put on and clean, and it allows my daughter to freely move about!”

What a local mom says about 3 Monkeys: “The lovely ladies that own and work at this store have been such a blessing to me! Our life has been a roller coaster over the last 6 months, and their kindness and customer service went above and beyond. And the clothes… out of this WORLD cute!!! Head to toe, top to bottom, best shop in the state!!!” — Sarah Fisher Baber

Congrats to the staff at 3 Monkeys Children’s Boutique!
Click here to visit their website.

Mom-Approved Award: Claudia Vilato, REALTOR

Editors’ note: Congrats to Claudia Vilato, one of our website sponsors who recently earned a Mom-Approved Award in the “Best REALTOR®” category. Get to know her a little better with today’s featured profile.


Voted as a 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winner
in the
“Best REALTOR®” category

Winner: Claudia Vilato, REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette Real Estate

Location: 3589 N. College Ave., Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72703

Phone: 305-781-0062

Specializes in: First-time home buyers, Spanish-speaking buyers and sellers, and homes in the heart of Fayetteville.

What you might not know about her: She is fluent in Spanish, and real estate expertise is in her DNA. Her grandmother sold real estate in Miami, Florida!

What a local mom says about Claudia: “During all my interactions with Claudia, I’ve been so impressed with her passion and her commitment to this community and to helping prospective homeowners, those hunting for just the right new home and neighborhood. She would also be the most enthusiastic help to someone who’s selling a home.”  ~  Sue Addington

Example of home listing that Claudia loves: “I love old houses that have been beautifully maintained and tastefully updated, and this one at 315 E. Sutton in Fayetteville’s Historic District is no exception. Built in 1906, this home boasts lots of natural light, period details, and understated charm.” ~ Claudia Vilato

vilato-collageCongrats to Claudia Vilato and her staff!
Click here to visit her website.