With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Trey and Mamie Herron of Skinny's Nutrition Studio—which was given a shout-out by Well-Being] magazine—work to make fitness something that touches each part of daily life. They host healthy happy hours, lead excursions into the outdoors, and fuel it all with protein-based meals and wellness plans. In the shop, glasses line the counters beneath verdigris walls, brimming with 41 smoothie flavors, aloe shots, and energy-boosting teas, and patrons discuss fitness goals after wellness assessments. Weight-loss challenges harness the healthy powers of competition, unlike a friend who claims to be able to swallow more Legos.
Trained by physical therapists, the streetwise staff at StinkyFeet Athletics use gait analysis for shoe fitting and years of sartorial experience to recommend the best gear for athletes of all levels and goals. High-tech clothing from Brooks, K-Swiss, and ASICS ($22+) keep sportspeople warm on cold days, cool on hot days, and just right when smothered in honey and fleeing an irritated bear family. Toes can avoid swampy shoe caves with Swiftwick socks ($11.99+), and encumbered runners can avoid sweaty-palm cell-phone drops with a lightweight Spibelt ($20). To prevent exercise-induced chest pain without downing chemical capsules, strap on a Moving Comfort sports bra ($35–$45), or, to support arches without an intervention by Brunelleschi, lace up sneaks from the likes of Newton, Brooks, and ASICS ($100+).
Lakeland Yard and Garden boasts more than 30 years of botanical know-how, maintaining plants, fountains, garden accessories, and soil on its 17-acre spread of agricultural amusement. Knowledgeable green gurus can assist patrons in finding their ideal plant pals, perusing a selection of rose plants one might secretly plant in a loved one's pillow ($13.99+). Habitat dwellers can breeze through the selection of hanging ferns to fill baskets and insert green into the colorless air ($19.99+). Thumbs turn green in the presence of topsoil, mulch, trees, and sand, imported from prestigious growers across the country. The horticultural amassment extends beyond plants, blooming with decorative patio accessories, clay pottery, and birdbaths, which can be used to lure the neighborhood’s elusive rainbow-afro-haired finch.
At three locations throughout Mississippi, Humidor & Havana Cigars' display cases brim over with premium hand-rolled cigars from esteemed manufacturers. Humidors, carrying cases, and maintenance products facilitate quality puffs from Perdomo, Excalibar, and Hoyo de Monterrey cigars, while the Humidor Cigar Club invites patrons into a filtered smoking room, equipped with private humidified lockers to stock their smoldering indulgences. Five LCD flat screens beam down upon the lounge's oversize ottomans and pool tables, and complimentary Internet access allows patrons to shop online for bulk boxes of Michael Bolton wigs.
Within Everything Formal's family-owned walls, a stock of more than 1,000 designer dresses and tuxedoes is available for rent or purchase. Staffers tap into their wealth of knowledge to expertly alter garments, ensuring that long hems don't trip brides and that French cuffs get paired with brie-flavored cufflinks. Their inventory of tuxes and dresses suits a multitude of occasions—such as pageants, military balls, and weddings—and boasts brand names including Tony Bowls, Prima Donna, and Tiffany.