PADI instructor Bob Henry dove in the Caribbean, South America, and other tropical locales, but he always returned to his home base—B & W Dive Co., a scuba shop he founded in 1991. Since the ‘90s, his children Amber and Warren have taken the reins, carrying on their dad’s legacy by organizing dive trips and helping students earn their PADI certifications. The shop’s classes cover topics beyond open-water diving, though; they can introduce pupils to scuba basics, such as breathing underwater without trading in their ability to breathe on land, or focus on snorkeling and swimming. Visitors can also outfit themselves for solo underwater journeys with dependable aquatic gear, culled from makers such as Oceanic, Tusa, and Sealife.
Clean By Design's professional cleaners scour the greater Houston area's residential messes with comprehensive cleaning services. During each two-hour session, cleaners stage a coup on grime, ridding homes of dust and cobwebs, vacuuming carpets, and wiping down the secret passage doors that lead to barracks filled with replacement butlers. Once bathroom tubs, showers, and latrines have been sanitized, cleaners progress into kitchens, where they scrub the outsides of appliances and the ice-cream stains inside microwaves. All countertops, kitchen-cabinet facings, and glass surfaces sparkle as cleaning crews drive off into the sunset, never to return until two weeks later to maintain the homes of guests who opted for three or five cleaning sessions. Clean By Design will not use bleach to clean any surface unless specifically requested, in which case the bleach must be supplied.
RedCircle Personalized Weight Management, an Amerejuve sister company, uses seven components to help clients lose and keep off unwanted weight. The combination of these elements—a baseline assessment, cardiometabolic profiling, genetic profiling, meal-planning, personal training, metabolic supplements, and e-coaching—results in treatment plans customized to each client's metabolic rate and genetic profile. Rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach to slimming, RedCircle's staff creates detailed meal-plans and training strategies as individualized as the fingerprint of a snowflake.
Realizing that she was left with little time for cleaning after getting through the rest of her family and work obligations, Miss Marie started hiring maids to clean her home. But the results weren’t always great. Generally dissatisfied with these housekeepers’ work, she started her own housecleaning business to help people keep their homes exceptionally tidy and give them back the hours they would otherwise spend cleaning. For each job, Miss Marie’s Maids dispatches teams of two to homes to harvest sparkling surfaces with eco-conscious tools, such as steam mops for hardwood floors, chemical-free cleansers, and microfiber towels. Like the internationally accepted rules for hide-and-seek, their service checklist includes all the major areas of the home, and clients can invest in extras such as laundry, oven cleaning, and pantry organization.
Jennifer Buergermeister is very flexible. She not only moves from job to job—she's an entrepreneur, independent filmmaker, spiritual healer, and app designer—but also from pose to pose while teaching yoga. She has created two yoga DVDs and has a third coming out in November. She's also the owner of Jennyoga, where she works with a deep bench of fellow yoga teachers, offering a variety of classes for all levels. These include Sunrise and Awakening, Hatha Flow, and Deep Relaxation and Restorative yoga classes.
The team at Jennyoga strives to make coming to the studio easy. They built a Jennyoga app for mobile devices that allows students to schedule classes on the fly. And they run an in-house store, where visitors can pick up any yoga gear they might need before heading into one of the studios. They even made a short film to inspire attendance, a sort of narrative commercial about the beneficial effects of yoga in our noisy, modern world where neighbors rev motorcycle engines and fire alarms scream in delight whenever you get home.