Chas DeVetter, founder of DeVetter Fitness, always enjoyed helping people get in shape, so becoming a personal trainer was a natural choice for him. He knows that each client is unique, and they might require a different form of motivation, exercise, and nutrition plan to really get results. He and his trainers lead boot-camp classes at regular locations, so people can enjoy the motivational benefits of a group workout. They also offer one-on-one training, but they don't marry themselves to a particular gym. Rather, they travel to meet clients wherever they're most comfortable: at home, the country club, or their favorite gym. No matter which format the training takes, the trainers adhere to the same philosophy. "Life is a marathon, not a sprint," they say. This means that they encourage people to find effective, sustainable activities and to suck energy gel out of packets whenever possible.
Physicians Weight Loss Centers peppers the nation, doling out slim-down tips honed during the course of three decades in business. Each center staffs a physician who, in tandem with a team of skilled counselors, selects one of six weight-loss and lifestyle programs to guide each client toward his or her desired results. The center’s sextet of plans are tailored to those who prefer not to exercise, those who travel often, those who cook at home, and those who cook in nonfunctional stage kitchens. Patients chat with their counselors often, soaking up the tips the staffers have learned from continual training programs. Clients are encouraged to build a bond with their counselor, as camaraderie not only eases the process, but also improves one’s chances of finding a lifelong three-legged-race partner.
Founded in 1917, Omaha Steaks has spent nearly a century perfecting its delivery system. The company flash freezes its quality meats to keep them fresh and flavorful, and then the custom-cut pieces are slipped into individual vacuum-wrapped bags for added protection and convenience once it's time to start cooking. Lastly, the gift combos are nestled into coolers filled with dry ice and plenty of unsolved crossword puzzles before they're ready to begin their trip to your door. Upon arrival, the combos offer an array of mouthwatering proteins complemented by delicious side dishes and desserts, all perfectly preserved and ready for cooking.
Across four decades and three generations, the Hoenselaar family has prepared its signature bone-in hams the same way—marinating them in secret spices and smoking them at length over a special blend of hardwood chips. At each of HoneyBaked Ham Co.'s 400 locations, specialized machinery invented by founder Harry J. Hoenselaar himself carves each haunch into a perfect, thin-cut spiral. Slices then fill sandwiches such as the croissant-swaddled Ham Classic, or join other meats on the likes of the toasted Ham & Turkey Bella, which hoists swiss cheese, banana peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette between cibatta bread. The correlation between pork consumption and out-of-control parties has not slipped past the notice of the HoneyBaked chefs, who also offer catering platters and party trays for 10 or more people.
Sometimes, it’s best to take a hands-off approach. The techs at Fantasy’s Car Wash take this advice to heart every time they come to work, delivering touch-free car washes that have earned their shops the “top car wash” designation in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha contest every year since 2008. Cars cruise in and out of the automated wash tunnels at outposts spread throughout the state, with many locations also boasting filling centers for diesel fuel or propane.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh Granny Smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.