Soon after Rochester Optical was founded in 1932, the staff established contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply the armed forces with durable, combat-ready glasses. Today, they continue to specialize in military eyewear, along with high-performance sports and safety glasses and a huge selection of designer frames. A team of optometrists—which includes a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fifth-generation Rochesterian, and an eye doctor who has worked at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Salem, Virginia—performs comprehensive eye exams, and technicians manufacture lenses in an in-house, state-of-the-art optical lab. In addition to traditional single-vision lenses or no-line bifocals, they create digitally surfaced, free-form lenses that offer an expanded field of vision and minimize image distortion, allowing wearers to more clearly see apparitions standing next to them.
Light streams into PUSH Fitness Center’s wide windows, bouncing off the peach-colored walls and illuminating rows of cardio machines and energetic group fitness classes led by expert trainers. These trainers aim to summon discipline and drive within each guest as they lead cardio-centric Les Mills RPM stationary spinning classes and group interval-training sessions, which pair cardio work with strength training for a full-body workout. Alternatively, they can customize exercises to individual needs and goals during personal training sessions. Additionally, PUSH Fitness Center offers a brightly colored, fully supervised KidZone where youngsters can play, make crafts, or mount Homeric recreations of their favorite Mr. Rogers episodes as they're parents pump iron.
Standing within feet of each other, players tee off at 9- and 18-hole golf courses across Europe and North America. Onscreen long putts and drives send pixelated spheroids careening through the air of OptiGolf’s 75 high-resolution video booths, each of which showcases separate putting, driving, and chipping ranges for optimal realism. Tee-side tables allow players to chow down on delicious wraps and beverages from the in-house bar and grill, bringing a catered party to the golf course without the hassle of burying a stash of paninis near the third hole or forcing the caddy to shoulder a keg. A secluded function room outfits corporate gatherings and birthday parties of up to 200 people with a 120-inch HD display, a private OptiGolf booth, and a private lounge.
At her eponymous practice, Jeanne Soleille practices the ancient art of acupuncture to redirect the flow of energy through the body, in turn stimulating organ systems, improving mood, and alleviating stress. For the past 18 years, she’s wielded the hair-thin needless to help all manner of patients find relief from unpleasant ailments or finally stand up to balloon-animal street toughs. Blending millennia-old healing with modern science, she also uses a computerized biofeedback system in some of her sessions to identify disharmony in the body and help plan an effective treatment regimen.
Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded their first gym in Buffalo in 1980 and now boast a network of six women-only gyms. In addition to personal training, instructors at these facilities lead hundreds of group fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool, which hosts such classes as Aqua-cise.
Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.