Personal trainer Sara O'Leary founded SO Fitness because she wanted a brightly lit studio where clients could participate in personal training, group training, and boot camps using classic equipment. Though it resulted in a great place for her to work with many of her clients, she discovered that some people felt more comfortable working out at home, so she expanded her offerings to include virtual fitness training.?Using a high-speed Internet connection and Skype, she connects with clients wherever they may be, providing real-time feedback as they work out with personal equipment at home or a favorite cafe with free WiFi.?
Sara also increased the variety of fitness options offered at her studio by bringing certified Pilates instructor Courtney Holcomb in to lead small group mat classes. The exercises focus on strengthening core and muscles while keeping bodies in proper alignment.
Fabulous Tranzformations has body contouring down to a science. Technicians use two highly advanced machines?the YOLO Curve and the Lapex BCS Lipo Laser?to help their clients shed both inches and cellulite. Low-level cold laser energy precisely targets fat cells, which respond by developing tiny pores that release fatty acids, water, and triglycerides into the body, where they'll be burned as fuel or flushed out by the lymphatic system. After an average of nine treatments, many clients find areas such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks looking slimmer without the exertion and unpredictability of an intensive workout plan. The team does encourage patients to follow sessions with light exercise, though, to help the body naturally process the fat and prevent bored running shoes from jogging away on their own.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Shoppers descend upon WG&R Furniture, a family-owned business for more than 65 years, to furnish their dwellings with bedroom, kitchen, and living-room fixtures from respected national brands such as Simmons, Signature Design by Ashley, and La-Z-Boy. Customers can store pocket change and secret jelly-bean collections beneath the cushy pillows of a Broyhill sofa ($629.99), which can grace abodes in patterns ranging from corduroy to houndstooth, or compliment their existing sofa with a Leik Furniture oval side table ($149.99). The plush Signature Design by Ashley power-reclining sofa conforms to softly support relaxing bodies ($949.99), and the five-piece Signature Design by Ashley dining set bears the load during dinner parties ($419.99). Those looking for seating options in game rooms can opt for the Amisco bar and game room stool ($139.99). Customers slumber soundly on a Sealy Posturepedic queen set, which doubles as a pad for perfect pole-vaulting skills ($589.99).
In Tropical Mexican Cuisine’s kitchen, the crew wraps meats and beans in large tortillas to create traditional dishes such as chimichangas and enchiladas, but it’s the house specialties that stand out on the menu. For these, they stir together orange vinaigrette or chile ancho to smother grilled steaks, and carefully craft red and green moles to pair with chicken. People with special diets, such as vegetarians and kids who only eat food smaller than their heads, can order from their own menu.
Bright White's licensed dental hygienists, armed with LEDs and other technomagery, eradicate persistent stains and yellowing to restore pristine pearlescence. First, they lather tarnished chompers in a whitening activator, a light-reactive compound that plays wingman during a tooth's photonic flirtation. Then, while lips take a spectator seat with the help of a mouthpiece, a blue LED pulses, bathing smile bricks in calibrated waves of luminescence. The process lasts about 30 minutes and leaves teeth noticeably whiter for 6 to 18 months, depending on lifestyle, goals, and amount of time spent eating grease paints.