A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Like many in their profession, the insured cleaners at All Clean & Neat, LLC would probably scour the ceiling if they had sticky-enough shoes; as it is, they make do with purging grime and dust from the floors, walls, and furniture of homes and businesses. Crews tackle rooms during by-the-hour cleaning services, scrub windows, and carry out handy tasks, such as replenishing light bulbs after they grow up and join the sun. Beyond general sluicing, they can also oust debris from floor fibers with rug- and carpet-cleaning tools.
When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began perfecting their bagel recipe with the help of a professional NYC bagel maker in 1983, the bagel was still an anomaly in the food world—it was geographically and culturally still isolated in New York City. Fueled by a desire to change that, the duo opened up the first Bruegger's deli with the hope of eventually introducing the rest of the country to the bagel. Brue and Dressell have since realized their dream, sharing their distinctive recipes and culinary traditions at 300 locations spread across 26 states. To this day, they oven-bake their centerless bread rolls every morning and afternoon, populating counter displays that also brim with daily made breads, Vermont cream cheese, and custom-roasted coffee.
Executive Chef Phillip Smith and his network of chefs still use the original five-ingredient recipe for their dough, which they shape into more than 20 bagel varieties. Because they draw from each region's local recipes and from dialogue and Pictionary games with local consumers, certain menu items may vary from store to store across the country. The bagels are often served with Bruegger's eclectic cream cheeses such as bacon scallion or pumpkin, or as sandwiches with meats, cheeses, and veggies often sourced from local or organic produce. Coffe gets just as much attention, with house blends of 100% arabica coffee.
The professionals will also provide a free review of the previous year's tax return to determine whether or not any alterations need to be made to the filing, and they’ll additionally set up a direct deposit for any upcoming tax refunds.
• For $13, you get a single kayak rental and return shuttle (a $25 value). • For $18, you get a Lazy River Tubing Adventure for two (up to a $36 value). • For $79, you get a whitewater rafting adventure for two on the Hudson River (up to a $160 value). Beaver Brook Outfitters opens the window to the great outdoors by leading expeditions and adventures in the heart of the beautiful Adirondacks. Explore the scenic Upper Hudson River with a single kayak rental, which plants paddlers on a private launching point before they float from Thurman Station to 1000 Acres Ranch on a five-mile trip. Take in the views of surrounding flora and fauna before a complimentary shuttle whisks you back to civilization. The tubing trip allows two people to relax in harmony during a leisurely 2.5 mile float down the Hudson. Lasting approximately two hours, or the time the average American spends watching cat videos per week, this tranquil trip provides serene surroundings and calming conditions for bonding or splash fights.