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.
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.
A family-centric salon, Spa Fabulous specializes in the beautification of mothers and daughters by offering adult and child spa treatments. Clients can partake of hair, nail, and facial treatments, or opt for a spa party, which lets partiers prance down a glitter runway showing off new coifs and nails. The salon also offers a lineup of craft activities as well as ear piercings, feather extensions, and Shellac nail polishings.