Donna Lapetina, owner and head aesthetician at Skin Solutions Medical Spa, has spent the last decade caring for aging skin—including her own. Donna and her team work their age-defying magic under the direction of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Boyle, whose career includes time as a flight surgeon, a lieutenant commander in the military, and a volunteer speaker on skin cancer. The staff’s specialty services include microdermabrasion, peels, and facials, as well as intensive acne treatments. Dr. Boyle performs all Botox and dermal-filler procedures herself to safely keep crow’s-feet, frown lines, and worry lines at bay. Clients receive their treatments in private, earth-toned rooms that mix the serenity of a spa with the professionalism of a medical office.
Rather than buying leftover potions from local sorcerers, Skin Solutions Medical Spa has developed its own line of products, including cleansers, eye creams, and an exfoliating scrub. The gentle solutions are formulated with ingredients such as green-tea extract, oil of calendula, and cranberry extract.
After spending years working for Dominos Pizza, Vince Schmuhl decided that he could do a better job of preparing and delivering quality pies to people's homes. He challenged the nationwide chain's dominance in the region by founding the first Blackjack Pizza on June 29, 1983.
Although delivering oven-fresh pies within 30 minutes was still a major goal for Schmuhl, he emphasized the importance of quality ingredients using sauce made from freshly packed tomatoes as well as hand-tossed dough that never sees the inside of a freezer or cryogenic chamber. This dedication to quality and speedy service allowed Blackjack Pizza to not only survive, but also thrive over the decades. The chain now includes more than 40 stores operating in four different states.
In addition to offering seven signature pies, Blackjack Pizza also allows customers to build their own order from crust to toppings. A choice of up to four savory, tangy, and piquant sauces form the base, topped with any of the 3 available cheeses, 7 meats, and 10 freshly diced vegetables. Regardless of the toppings, Blackjack Pizza respects the potential danger of food allergies by ensuring that none of its pies ever contain traces of MSG, peanuts, or peanut oil.
Sojourning south from his native Minnesota, Jeff Chayer traveled to Texas, where he received his degree in viticulture and oenology. Not far behind was his brother Danny, who followed Jeff to Texas, where he began work at a local winery. Somewhere along the way, as their passion for wine grew, the two decided to travel to Colorado and open Silver Vines Winery. Since then, their tasting room has been named one of the 11 best tasting rooms in Colorado by the Denver Post. Amid massive swaths of exposed brick and gleaming hardwood, the brothers serve a collection of wines forged from Washington and Oregon grapes. The elixirs include a chardonnay, whose citric bouquet meshes with notes of oak, as well as a dessert-style chocolate wine and a range of merlots, syrahs, and cabernet sauvignons. Shelves cradle stacks of bottles, and glasses clink along the long wooden bar, punctuating the rhythms of the live bands who appear on weekend evenings and when they are locked out of the ZZ Top mansion.
The Glo Car Wash's automatic-wash system reclaims more than 90% of its water, making it an environmentally friendly option for cleansing road-weary vehicles. As autos sidle through the top-tier, multi-stage wash, the contoured arms of pressure washers angle over, under, and along the sides, blasting away bird droppings at 900 psi. With all sand and soil sluiced off, German-engineered SofTec washers twist and twirl around the vehicle, removing any residual film. Then, the three-stage detergent application featuring Citra-Glo lathers up the body as wheels rub against soft, spinning polishers during a two-stage cleaning. This system is designed to deep clean the auto and draw out its natural shine and infectious personality without wax or harmful chemicals. Extras such as RainX full-body protectant and Simoniz tire shine can also extend the life of the car's appearance. After a 180HP blow-dry, customers can unholster the Glo's onsite vacuums to hoover out the cabin and trunk and inflate tires to proper levels at the air machines.
With two service centers spread throughout the area, Country Fair Garden Center carries all the tools, seeds, and advice necessary to help lush greenery flourish. Among stacks of Ferti-lome fertilizer and Nature's Yield organic compost, annual and perennial plants wait patiently to be added to backyard gardens, while saplings and shrubs dream of one day complicating parking decisions with their leafy boughs. Country Fair's knowledgeable staff can guide customers through the vast selection of products and advise them on selecting the appropriate insecticide, potting soil, or compost for their gardens. The staff also hosts classes each month to impart green thumbs with knowledge about topics such as seed starting and vegetable gardens. Customers seeking artistic finishing touches can showcase blossoms within glazed ceramic or terra cotta pottery or in outdoor garden beds marked by the addition of a trellis, arbor, or fountain that gurgles overseas investment tips.
Diving for more than 30 years, Ron Busch?PADI master instructor and owner of Coral Key Scuba and Travel Center?first decided to share his passion for underwater exploration in 1995 by building a facility that catered to all facets of scuba and snorkeling. Since its construction, the center has been recognized as a PADI five-star training center that offers scuba and snorkeling classes, professional gear, and diving trips to far-off locales such as Indonesia.
An avid traveler, Busch entrusts day-to-day duties to the center's manager, Randy Partch, a PADI master scuba diver and trainer who teaches 16 different diving specialties and boasts certification to repair and service many different brands of scuba equipment and one kind of Xerox machine.