After graduating from the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, Jessica Allen’s hands became certified in massage therapy. They now spend their days traversing client’s backs, arms, and legs in search of gnarled muscles and achy areas. They form gentle stokes during Swedish massages and grasp hot basalt stones to help jump-start relaxation. Jessica’s hands also fill themselves with brown sugar or sea salt scrubs to exfoliate skin or decorate cookies in between appointments.
Intensity and accessibility form the cornerstones of the CrossFit philosophy. Unlike traditional fitness classes, each workout is unique, incorporating a wide range of functional movements into sweat-inducing sequences intended to bolster strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and more. The workouts are intended to be taxing; however, students have the ability control the load and intensity of each exercise and safely challenge themselves at their own pace. As a result, students of virtually any age and fitness level can attend provided that they are prepared to pursue a demanding workout regimen.
Self-motivation is vital, but Lowry CrossFit's instructors are also on hand to provide support, guidance, and encouragement. Safety is of paramount importance, so the instructors ensure that every student knows how to use the Rogue Fitness and Rage Fitness equipment scattered across the 3,000 square foot facility. The building also features a separate area for Olympic lifting as well as an outdoor section with a 15-foot-tall structure that students can climb using a rope.
With a signature pizza size called the Monster, you’d expect Pudge Brothers Pizza to be more focused on quantity than quality. But in fact, the chefs create their signature varieties of hand-tossed pies by blending together the flavors of three sauces, a range of meats, and fresh veggies. From within sizzling ovens, chefs pull out creations such as the Jersey Girl—a pizza featuring italian sausage and green peppers—or the White Delight—a ham, chicken, and garlic-sauce combination. Pies range in size from 10 inches to 18 inches, with a range of garlic bread, wings, and cinnamon bread to fill in a meal. The shop also offers delivery service, ensuring clients can have a hot, hearty meal when time is short or when the paparazzi won’t leave their front yard.
The sounds of slap shots and blades carving the ice resound through Big Bear Ice Arena as it sets the stage for visitors participating in hockey, figure skating, and a host of other games. Hockey programs for kids and adults follow the rules and regulations set forth by USA Hockey, which allows slap shots but not checking or doing burnouts in a Zamboni. When pucks aren't careening from board to board, figure skaters can glide out onto the ice for programs that range from a Learn to Skate class to competitive team events. Less competitive patrons, meanwhile, can log their time on the ice through games such as bandy and broomball or casual open skates.
Voted Best Floral Shop 2010 by Aurora Sentinel readers, House of Flowers' experienced florists bundle together a trifecta of fresh roses for a sweet-smelling gift or an uplifting addition to any space. The rose-trio bouquet, available in five colors including romantic red and vivacious orange, sits in a clear bud vase, complemented by a spray of baby's breath and accented with a matching ribbon bow tie. The lovely arrangement makes a thoughtful gift for those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or being invited to play badminton with Vladimir Putin. House of Flowers lines its walls with local artists' work, which clients can peruse along with the flower shop's retail store, featuring candles, stationery, chocolates, and more.
The crew from Abe Lincoln Movers wants its customers to know up front how dependable they are. So they've named themselves after Honest Abe, and they back it up by handling one of the most stressful parts of moving—actually getting belongings from point A to point B. According to their website, they earned the Angie's List Super Service award in 2012, most likely due to the deftness with which they move delicate yet heavy items, such as pianos and pet elephants' toy chests.