Pam Brunn, owner of Clark Creations, curates a range of products crafted from flora and minerals to heal the skin without damaging the earth. Organic herbs, natural oils, and plant-based ingredients pack each of her elixirs, which eschew the skin-irritating chemicals found in many store-bought items. Natural soaps fill showers with the pleasing aromas of lavender, jasmine, and rose without the awkwardness of an overly familiar florist. Alongside a selection of shaving brushes and loofahs, the company's collection of creams and lotions soothes the skin with ingredients such as sweet almond oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E.
Great Lakes Kiteboarding and its crew of master mariners specialize in converting everyday hydrophobes into Poseidon-punishing aquatic athletes. In a five-hour private lesson, nautical novices can strap a slab of fiberglass to their feet and master wind-riding fundamentals like launching from boat and beach, proper riding form, and self-rescue. Apprentices seeking the deepest secrets of ancient boarders are invited to study at one of Great Lake Kiteboarding’s weekend camps. Starting with ground training to keep too much land from lubbing onto the kites, students will spend a Saturday morning learning about equipment, wind windows, beach etiquette, and safety before hitting the waves to learn basics of riding and landing. After lunch, it’s back out on the water to learn advanced techniques like self-launching, changing direction, and riding the edge, with all of Sunday devoted to honing newfound skills on the water while instructors on WaveRunners play safety shepherd.