The staff at Family Fitness Centers recognizes that good health and smart fitness habits often get their start at home. To help nurture a healthier regimen for the entire family, the gym has three locations throughout the Tampa Bay region, each with a number of programs designed to educate members on nutrition or jump-start metabolisms with boot camp and group fitness classes. Kids Club, or child care, is offered at all locations, while select locations offer pediatrician-supervised programs that help kids stay healthy by incorporating group exercise, emphasizing taking daily vitamins, and teaching kids how to cut an apple with only their mental prowess. Senior programs are also available and personal trainers are on hand to offer one-on-one sessions for more personalized attention.
For more than 24 years, Dr. Ivan Ramos has helped locals boost their health and confidence with medically designed weight-loss programs and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the doctor held residencies in internal and critical-care medicine before opening up his private clinic. The clinic's many laser-based aesthetic treatments—ranging from laser liposuction and anti-aging facials to spider-vein treatments and anatomical laser tag—use the Cynosure Affirm laser system, equipped with three levels of pulsed-light energy. Doctor-designed weight-loss programs reflect the staff's dedication: in addition to weekly check-ups and customized nutrition plans, every patient can count on a round-the-clock support system for motivation, advice, and inspirational haiku.
Konstadino "Gus" Tsilionis started his first tavern in his native Greece. When he founded his second restaurant, this time in the United States, he picked a similarly coastal location: the Tampa Bay Area. Now owned and managed by son Tom Tsilionis, The Blue Dolphin Restaurant features an indoor pond outfitted with a footbridge and a leaping dolphin. Although not quite on the same scale of the Aegean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, it's perfect for throwing coins into while wishing they would bounce back out as larger coins.
The coastal theme extends to the kitchen's offerings, too. The culinary team whips up plenty of fresh seafood, from crab-stuffed tilapia fillets to Maine lobster saut?ed in cognac. Classic Italian and American dishes, like chicken pesto fettuccine, dijon-mustard-rubbed prime rib, and tender barbecue ribs, round out the menu, as does a soup and salad bar stocked with over 30 types of fixings. To wash it all down, diners can sip premium cocktails like the house long island iced tea?which, thanks to a splash of Blue Cura?ao, is ocean-blue.
Stocked with four tiers of UV tanning beds alongside Norvell airbrush-tanning systems, House of Tans' meticulously clean facility invites clients to build bronzed glows for beach-ready complexions or special occasions. UV beds upgrade classic encapsulating designs with perks such as audio systems, cooling fans, and neck and shoulder reflectors that beam rays toward hard-to-reach spots. The salon?s retinue of trained airbrush technicians also mists patrons in a bronzer-enhanced Norvell tanning spray that inspires a natural-looking golden hue over 24 hours, conferring up to seven days of radiant skin that might taste like a California golden raisin. The salon also offers patrons access to a supply of Twilight Teeth whitening kits, which use UV rays to brighten smiles that contrast strongly with well-tanned skin tones, and Fit body wraps, which may burn up to 1,500 calories per session.
The 35 acres that make up Life Glow Organic's farm are a land free from pesticides, antibiotics, and chemicals. Here, a family of farmers uses eco-friendly practices when growing their crop, which results in fruits and veggies that hold USDA organic certification and a special place in every scarecrow's heart. Watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and celery all spring from the fertile soil, where the farmers or customers can hand pick them as soon as they're ripe.
On Saturdays, the farmers lift the curtain on their operation and lead free tours of their garden and greenhouses. More in-depth tours can introduce visitors to chickens, horses, rabbits, and other farm animals. Life Glow Organic also hosts special events including weddings and activities such as camping.