When Joseph Pilates first developed his fitness system, he worked with bedridden patients, removing their beds’ bedsprings and attaching those springs to the walls. In order to build their core strength, he encouraged them to push against the coils. At Align Pilates, owner Loralee Stephens carries on Pilates’s tradition with her own array of nontraditional fitness equipment. Her studio’s Pilates reformers, the modern incarnation of Pilates’s bedsprings, provide resistance for full-body toning exercises. Straps hang from the studio’s ceiling, which students use for airborne pushups, sit-ups, and stretches in TRX suspension classes, rather than just for elaborately hanging up their coats. Even during more stripped-down sessions with only a mat for equipment, Stephens and her team fulfill Pilates’s mission of strengthening cores and building long, lean muscle.
With a barrage of consumer-friendly magazine titles catering to all interests, Blue Dolphin Magazines' online store boasts an array of subscriptions ideal for gift-giving or personal enlightenment. The magazine curators line their virtual shelves with more than 1,000 titles in 28 different categories. They vend glossy pages devoted to subjects from the outdoors to scientific breakthroughs to current events, helping each of their titles fit nicely into any reading room, whether it houses couches, barstools, or ornately decorative porcelain chairs. By maintaining direct relationships with the publishers, they are also able to present their customers with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Bowling Green Overstock houses a myriad of high-quality, name-brand furnishings ready to fill houses' walls at near-wholesale prices. Create a home office with the elegant Expression desk ($398), or use the Aaron dining set, which includes four padded barstools, to transform a shed into the family's favorite high-stakes gambling den ($225). Communal areas can stylishly support multiple sitters or nappers with the Allendale-Mist leather sofa set ($225–$1,398). Pick and choose items from the sophisticated Alberto bedroom set, such as a nightstand ($98) or mirror ($48). Slumberous slates such as Ashley Sleep's Augusta memory-foam mattress, stacked with a meaty 8 inches of body-caressing foam ($298–$848), are ideal for replacing mattresses worn down from years of tossing and turning or months of breaking the falls of amateur firefighters stuck in trees.
BlueCotton emblazons customized images on stylish apparel with screen-printing, digital printing, and embroidery using a web-based design studio lauded by Gizmodo for its sophistication. Start up the online clothing concoctor and devise a one-of-a-kind creation by using pre-planned design ideas, uploading your own art, or starting from scratch. Torso toggers can declare their love for William Howard Taft with a custom-printed T-shirt ($27.95–$41.95 for one cotton T-shirt with two colors on the front and back) or swaddle extremities in warmth with a customized hoodie ($40.95–$51.95 for one with two colors on the front and back). Individually embroidered hats ($39.70–$44.67 for one) pair perfectly with the accented arms of an Augusta baseball jersey ($35.95–$38.95 for one with two colors on the front and back) to outfit an entire athletic league or proclaim inner passion for a team of one, and tote bags cart carryables with a stylish customized message ($28.95–$41.95 for two colors on the front and back). Pricing decreases per item for bulk orders; a 2000 Gildan Ultra Cotton Tee with two colors on the front and back starts at $27.95, or 10 for $14.85 each, 35 for $11.20 each, or 75 for $8.61 each. Since printing is performed on the premises, BlueCotton prides themselves on customer service and individual requests and creative customizations are easily achieved, and with a few special instructions, images can be adjusted, colors can be matched, and jersey numbers can be divided by zero.
The gentle clatter of past tea parties seems to drift from colorful china cups and saucers on tables worn smooth by years of loving care. At LuLu's Fine Home Furnishings & Consignments, Liz Bradley curates 6,000 square feet of vintage furniture and accessories like these. Her inspiration comes from her great-grandmother LuLu Devaney, who helped her to forge her own aesthetic outlook. The parade of lore-steeped vintage items that passes through the shop has included painted oriental screens, Victorian-era chaise lounges, and classic paintings. In addition to connecting her clients with their dream pieces of furniture and décor, Bradley offers her services as a design consultant to help to add a measure of quirk and easy grace to dining rooms or find a sofa heavy enough to put on a magic carpet that has been grounded. Patrons complement retail excursions with a trip to the popular in-store photo booth which is outfitted with its own collection of pose-worthy props.
While variety may be the spice of life, it's also the source of an effective workout. At Vette City CrossFit, trainers lead participants through fitness regimes comprised of ever-changing exercises, which keep muscles guessing and active. On some days, participants may run a few miles and do push ups in between sprints; on others, they might do deadlifts and squats that strengthen legs and boost muscle mass. The gym's trainers scale each workout to match participants' fitness levels, ensuring everyone can not only complete the sessions, but actively benefit from them.