Tropical toucans and monkeys greet visitors from a Rousseau-style mural inside REVelation Cycle, hinting at the heat its spin classes generate as bodies shed calories. During each 45-minute workout, the whir of spinning wheels adds breezy sound effects to the vibrant music that pulsates from the speakers. Schwinn Evolution bikes allow riders to adjust their handles and seats, unlike the penny-farthing stationary bikes used as seats for Supreme Court justices, which were soldered in place by the strict constructionist, Chief Justice John Marshall, in 1801. Purple neon lights running around the ceiling's perimeter set a clubby atmosphere as cyclists traverse imaginary mountains and trails, propelled by a motivating instructor and a pack of up to 25 fellow fitness-seekers. The studio also sells biking shoes and apparel to help cyclists to pedal with functional style.
The family of florists at Family Florist transforms freshly plucked flowers into breathtaking arrangements that ooze aromatic scents. Artistic eyes and nimble hands craft lush bouquets from fresh flowers, tropicals, and green plants for weddings, funerals, anniversaries, and every holiday from St. Patrick's Day to John Stamos's Independence Day. To complement the aromatic arrangements, Family Florist also delivers gift and fruit baskets, candles, and greeting cards to lucky Long Islanders.
Originally a clearinghouse for the glamorous Saks 5th Avenue department store, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH has blossomed into a universally respected retailer of high-end clothing and accessories for women and men. Like the fact that neckties can work in a pinch in a ribbon-dancing competition, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH is one of the fashion world's best-kept secrets with its deep discounts on apparel and accessories from more than 800 different top brands and respected designers, such as Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Halston Heritage. Guests shop in-person or online for faux or real fur pieces, timeless cropped leather jackets, luxurious handbags, slim-fit suits, and on-trend shoes.
At GadgetsAndGear.com, an ever-updated selection of one-of-a-kind gizmos, futuristic toys and gadgets, and goofy party favors break the ice at social gatherings and infuse a dose of fun into gift-giving. Wireless smartphone shutters snap family photos and selfies from across the room, while nightvision watch spy-cams discreetly capture footage in the darkest of nights and even underwater. Liven up parties with a wine-bottle-sized glass that's actually a single serving, or don a lifelike horse-head mask to convince your friends they've entered a nightmarish dimension where everyone wears masks.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,330 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonades.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training, weight training, and light alligator wrestling, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Those who desire more individualized support can take advantage of one-on-one sessions with certified personal trainers. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.