Art "The Shark" Correa has a history of surmounting life's challenges in pursuit of his business and fitness goals. While earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology—thereby becoming his family's first college graduate—Art yearned to apply his knowledge toward other people's physical betterment, and gained national certification as a personal trainer. He then used his health expertise to found The Bod-e² Shop, a wellness sanctuary for all fitness levels, and has since trained such elite clients as NFL players Zack Follett and Ricky Manning, Jr.
The Bod-e2 Shop functions as an all-purpose workout zone, manned by personal trainers and instructors who run kickboxing, Zumba, and intense boot-camp classes. Private sessions with the trainers can focus on sports-performance or toning goals, providing encouragement with motivating words rather than drill sergeant mantras or shyly suggestive fireworks displays. The gym's roster of advanced equipment has been highlighted on KMPH's Valley Life, and includes core-tightening air benches alongside Jacob's Ladder, a machine whose cycling rungs simulate climbing.
Urban Ornaments? sleek storefront with floral accents beckons for fashion-forward passersby to come inside and browse a voguish collection of inimitable women?s attire and dazzling jewelry, which earned the shop a mention in the Best of Fresno 2011. Always detailed and playful, Urban Ornaments' apparel boasts feminine flourishes for striking effect, such as embroidered roses that weave their way across a gauzy blouse or kaleidoscopic patterns populating a swoop-necked mini dress. The store's stylists recruit apparel by brands such as See Thru Soul, Kut, Lollia, Yellow Box, and La Vie Parisienne, and they can add new threads to store racks every day. Additionally, they can help bolster ensembles and street-fighting skills with bold, chunky jewelry and studded handbags. The colorful shop also unveils a number of gift ideas, such as candles, handbags, picture frames, and hats for covering up a bad hair day or a small family of magical rabbits.
Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.
At Wig It2, stylists view natural hair as nothing more than a jumping-off point. Lisa, the resident wig expert, and Stefanie, a nimble-fingered master of braiding, install human-hair extensions to suit clients' tastes. Taking fullness, texture, color, and length into account, they fashion natural-looking coifs with the addition of microlink extensions or sturdy sew-in tufts. Patrons who want to overhaul their image in time for the annual country-wide yearbook photos can choose from a host of lace wigs styled sleek and straight, curly, or wavy.
Edible Arrangements fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. The sweetener-free, preservative-free baskets are all handcrafted for each order, ensuring that deliveries arrive at the apex of freshness. Delve into the depths of fruity expression with Edible Arrangement's selection of singular gifts, such as the Little Special Expression ($24), the faux-floral vase of Simply Daisies ($52), or the boxed 30-some of decadent fruit truffles ($39). On a holiday or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
The staff at Dinner MyWay takes on the tasks of menu planning, ingredient chopping, grocery procurement, and mess correction for all-but-cooked family-style dinners. Pick up ready-to-go dinners, or construct them yourself at the fully equipped assembly stations, where you can modify the meals to suit your family's taste preferences, allergies, or the food-color demands of a complex game of edible Uno. Unlike the cover of Shape magazine, Dinner MyWay’s menu visibly changes each month and features 14 entrees every four weeks. July's menu features such summertime feasts as peach grilled chicken, New Orleans shrimp, blue-cheese- and pecan-rolled steak, and chicken Sonora casserole. Each meal includes nutritional information and preparation instructions so that you can move swiftly from meeting to heating to eating. Call Dinner MyWay at least 24 hours ahead of time to schedule a meal-making or pick-up time, or drop in and select from what is available.