Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
A vast litter of comfy chairs, sturdy end tables, and bedroom furniture commingle in DJ Furniture's 50,000-square-foot shelter, waiting to bond with shoppers and follow them home. Browse brand-name home stuffers from lines such as Ashley, Lane Home Furnishings, and Serta, or prepare for summertime patio parties and camping on the White House lawn with vibrant colors of Breezesta maintenance-free, recycled outdoor Adirondack chairs ($199).
The aestheticians at Skin Secrets Med Spa refresh and beautify façades with a repertoire of skin-smoothing services. Before treating mugs to treatments such as microdermabrasion, cosmetic injections, or chemical peels, they consult with clients to understand their expectations and dermal needs.
C'est Trice Spa founder Patrice Fields and her team of stylists adeptly refurbish men's and women's hair and nails with a comprehensive roster of services. Equipped with quality products from brands such as OPI, Essie, Paul Mitchell, and Mixed Chicks, staff members aim to customize each of their services, which include makeup applications, hair-extension treatments, and body-waxing sessions. Inside the salon and spa's interior, striking black furniture stands out against vibrant green walls that, like a museum thief's office cubicle, boast numerous pieces of artwork.
Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead found themselves in a design dilemma regarding the messy home of a wealthy client. She wanted to sell her house, but no one would buy the building in its current state. Instead of passing on the case, the duo visited the home and constructed a battle plan during a 10-hour consultation. Within the week, they'd completely repainted and replaced most of her furniture, readying her for a Saturday open house, and by Sunday, she'd received multiple offers from potential buyers. By Monday, the house was sold. As graphic-design majors and interior-design enthusiasts, Steve and Lee have used their talents in many such situations, under short time limits and with exceptional challenges, to refurbish a range of spaces—even helping famed baker Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes choose furnishings for his lobby at Charm City Cakes.
At Nouveau Contemporary Goods, the duo fills their space with an ever-changing roster of upholstery, dining sets, bed sets, and colorful crystal-infused wallpaper. Modern furnishings such as egg chairs and aquamarine crushed-velvet benches share a mutual territory with traditional pieces such as a red cabinet with a marble top and the actual couple who posed for American Gothic. In addition to showpieces, samplings of glass panels, blinds, and other window treatments ooze inspiration for potential clients coming up with their own projects. Anyone on a tight deadline can also count on the design duo for same-day delivery, be it for full showroom sets or unique recycled artwork and furniture.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.