With an empire stretching across 100 stores in 24 states, Nutrishop fuels bodies all over the country with scientifically formulated supplements, vitamins, and optimizers. Tasty Clif Bars and nutrient-filled protein concoctions rebuild muscles after workouts, and weight-loss formulas from Lipocor or Thyrostim even out erratic metabolisms. Teams of certified sports nutritionists staff each store, ready to guide patrons through the shelves of Muscle Milk and fruit extracts or demonstrate which pills help to detoxify livers, target hard-to-slim midsections, or activate latent mutant abilities.
Nutrition and lifestyle coach Kay Smith discovered the healing potential of regular Pilates practice through her recovery from knee surgery, inspiring her to become a Stott certified Pilates instructor. The Stott Pilates method, modeled on scientific fitness and spinal rehabilitation techniques, uses an expertly designed machine to aid muscles in their quest for strength, flexibility, and an affordable live-in masseuse. Reformer classes last 55-minutes and are kept small, allowing instructors to gently guide students individually. This full body workout is safe enough for pregnant clients and challenging enough for Olympic-level yoga posers. Eight-person mat classes require that students bring their own mat and prepare for 50 minutes of core-strengthening moves designed to sculpt long, lean muscles. Mat classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon. Call ahead for the reformer schedule or to reserve a spot in either class.
Candle Wick’s colorful store jostles with myriad fragrant candles and eclectic gifts. The shop's stock of candles infuses the air with scents such as lavender, kiwi strawberry, and leather shoe from renowned brands such as Yankee, Circle E, and Orleans. The sunny, welcoming store elegantly displays crosses and winged angels, along with aromatic wafts from effusion oils and reed diffusers. Guests can order gifts online or browse the inviting shop's stock in person.
Unlike the DMV, Jay Young Photography is dedicated to delivering customized portraits that capture the style, personality, and correct number of heads of their subjects. Named a Photographic Craftsman by the Professional Photographers of America for his dedication to the profession, "Mr. Jay" (as he's affectionately known) also handcrafted his custom studio. The various stone and wood façades of the Tuscan-style building serve as backdrops to perfectly tilted chins and mistimed eye-blinks alike. Opt to have your session inside the studio or in the one-acre private portrait garden, which features three different bridges, a canal, an English garden, an Alamo set, a beach, a railroad depot, and a mini Parthenon. Once you've finished casting your family as characters in the sword-and-sandals beach-party train-robbery caper of your dreams, Mr. Jay will use his retouching sorcery to transform your favorite image into diversely sized prints, as well as a handsome Facebook image that doesn't involve you hoisting a red plastic cup.
Whether kids are gunning for an overstuffed trophy case, or just looking to tumble around on professional-grade equipment, Empire Gymnastics Academy has them covered. Regardless of the skill level, the gym uses tumbling as a way to inspire children while building confidence and self-discipline. The 25,000-square-foot facility hosts engaging classes for boys and girls along with one-on-one sessions. Spring floors, in-ground trampolines, and a tumbling track all let kids go bananas, all while refining their acrobatic skills and Robin impersonations.
Certified neuro-linguistic and Time Line Therapy practitioner Connie Harris has more than 30 years of life-coaching experience under her belt, having helped everyone from kids to corporate CEOs overcome mental blocks and stress of all varieties. Armed with the brain-tapping strategies of the Emotional Freedom Technique, Harris assists clients in breaking through emotional pain, guilt, anxiety, and fatigue, paving the way to wellness and contentment.