Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
In 1991, tired of sating their late-night delivery cravings with pizza, University of Florida pals Matt Friedman and Adam Scott concocted an alternative snack in their frat house's kitchen. Many hours and tweaked sauce recipes later, the duo dispensed their brand of buffalo wings to the university’s students, selling out their stock in the first two nights. Since relocating from the frat house to its two original Gainesville storefronts, Wing Zone has opened nearly 100 locations nationwide, supplying wing lovers with boneless bites slathered in 15 award-winning flavors, including nuclear habañero, garlic parm, and blue buffalo. Three of the pair’s sauces have garnered awards at the National Buffalo Wing Festival, which recently inducted Adam and Scott into the Buffalo Wing “Hall of Flame,” where they share reigniting duty every time a strong breeze extinguishes its symbolic eternal flame.
Bryn Keith Clothing Company takes its name from Bryn Johnson, who founded the company to provide fine clothing for his family and friends. Now he reaches an international client base with collections of high-end suits, shirts, and accessories. His fabrics—which come from Italy, England, Egypt, and Switzerland—rotate regularly so that clients can follow fashion trends, dress for the season, or start a suit-of-the-month club.
In Bryn Keith Clothing Company's showroom, soft jazz wafts around browsers as they pick all-cotton or all-silk pieces with as much or as little staff assistance as they desire. After clients choose the fabrics and cut, a Hong Kong tailoring service assembles the pieces and provides custom alterations in case of the sudden sprouting of a third arm. Peruse some frequently asked questions online.
Dr. Wendy Jacobs has a nickname: Army Chiropractor. Not only is she an Army veteran herself, but she describes her practice?located just a few miles from the Pentagon?as "very military-friendly in both our procedures and our scheduling." But you don't have to be enlisted to appreciate the work done by the team at Jacobs Chiropractic. Her services include adjustments and massage therapy, while specialist Derick Carter specializes in Reiki and muscle activation. Some patients visit to tackle their chronic pain issues, while others come in to address injuries that result from work, sports, or stapling documents while throwing long. Adding to her list of qualifications, Dr. Jacobs has also won awards and recognition from national chiropractic and professional organizations for her work.
The Child and Family Network Centers provides free education and social services for preschool children, and job training for their families. The children it serves are considered at-risk due to limited English proficiency and low-income backgrounds. To fulfill the need for strong educational programs, CFNC operates a year-round preschool in 10 classrooms—with literacy and language support for bilingual children in 27 languages—to prepare them for kindergarten with their peers. These programs reach out to families in their own neighborhoods and supplement the students’ education with additional resources such as health services.
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