Growing up in Benton, Kansas, fourth-grade pals Monte Ysidro and Jason Bell were probably more focused on seeing the chalkboard clearly than opening a collection of high-end optical boutiques. And yet, beginning in 2002, that's just what they did, starting out humbly in a 10'x10' kiosk at a local mall. Today, friendly staffers at each Specs location point guests in the direction of designer frames and prescription sunglasses by brands such as Gucci and Versace. The crew also employs advanced technology to create lenses with high-performance coatings, custom-fit curves, and high definition, which allow wearers to make out the moon's facial expression.
At Brackeen Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Paul Brackeen works to empower patients. After performing in-office services such as chiropractic adjustments, the practice's medical workers teach patients how to complete corrective exercises on their own. Along with nutritional-counseling sessions, they hope to help patrons lose weight and improve their health by tapping into their own strength. In treatment rooms, FDA-approved Zerona machines purr across bodies, harnessing the power of lasers like a mad scientist trying to impress a date.
Although Rogue Personal Training's nationally certified trainers hail from slightly different educational backgrounds—kinesiology, physical education, exercise science, et al.—they share a common skill: helping people get in shape. That skill pays off during Rogue's personal and group training sessions and boot-camp classes. There, exercisers meet resistance from primitive fitness tools, whipping battle ropes, flipping tires, and doing jumping jacks to scare away predators. The fitness studio also features an astroturf field for sprints and agility drills.
Several years ago, fitness fanatics Kalene Smith and Shannon Dykman came to the realization that traditional methods of personal training were lacking. So, in 2011, they took it upon themselves to transform the training approach. The result was GoTimeTraining, an 3,000-square foot studio where Kalene, Shannon, and their team of personal trainers reshape lives with personalized one-on-one lifestyle transformation programs, small group training, and bootcamp classes. But instead of relying on industry gimmicks, such as fad diets or pills that release helium into muscles, the GoTime team emphasizes a healthy, sustainable approach to improving overall lifestyle. It follows through with that mantra by packaging nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching with every one of its fitness programs.
Massages and pampering skin treatments make up the menu at Serenity Mind Body Spa, winner of Best Massage in Wichita Family Magazine's 2011 Reader's Choice Awards. The therapists and aestheticians customize each service to the individual, whether it's an overworked athlete, an achy mother-to-be, or an acne-prone teen. Nail technicians in the pedicure suite soak feet in sparkling Lenox crystal basins, while hair-removal experts whisk away unwanted strands with Nufree's waxless formula. The spa's packages combine services for extended relaxation sessions that loosen tightly wound bodies and set tense minds adrift as if in a sea of chamomile tea.
To step back in time to when the cedars, oaks, and pines around Wellington Golf Club were first groomed and pared away to make room for fairways and greens would be to see a landscape at once familiar and different. The year was 1919, and the sounds of cattlemen driving herds up the Chisholm Trail would ring through the air, accompanying the sights of a town not 50 years old. Yet that early course's modesty would be recognizable—and very much part of the draw.
The designers kept much of the surrounding growth intact, forcing players to thread their tee shots down somewhat narrow fairways to span the 6,201 yards. This emphasis on accuracy soaks through to the rest of the course as well. The relatively small greens' fast bent grass demands deft iron play and a soft putting touch. And getting there through variable gusts is half the challenge. But Wellington Golf Club doesn't leave its clubbers stranded in that regard—a driving range holds tees at both ends so that drivers can calibrate to different wind directions without relying on their protractors and trajectory calculations.
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