The Pedaler Bike Shop spruces up street steeds and their doting owners with an enormous cache of cycle-centric equipment, apparel, and accessories. Though the store prides itself on its expertise regarding road and mountain bikes, it supplies tubes, tires, wheels, seats, and footy-pajamas for two-wheelers of every breed. Outfit rigs with the 2010 Planet Bike Superflash/Blaze combo set ($59.99), which employs forward- and backward-beaming, superbright LEDs to, increase the bike's visibility for up to one mile. The 2011 Specialized Henge expert saddle ($99.99) coddles nether regions with a sleek shape and sturdy-yet-cozy Micromatrix top, and the 2010 Bell Faction helmet ($40) provides the resilience and protection of Sylvester Stallone's biceps. An array of clothing and shoes is also available, ensuring rider and ride are outfitted to a tarmac-pounding tee.
Eyes & Smiles Optometry’s international team of accomplished eye-care professionals unites patients with perfectly matched prescription lenses and contacts. The staffers help patients find stylish frames from brands such as Gucci, Armani, and Banana Republic, and they can communicate with patients in Spanish, Tagalog, German, Farsi, and interpretive dance. When they’re not checking ocular health, the accomplished physicians Dr. Nazak Mozaffarieh and Dr. Bernard Hale, who were raised in Austria and England, respectively, spend their free time volunteering for vision nonprofits and independently raising two sets of twins.
Even with 22 years of teeth-tending experience, Dr. Edward Jang continues to attend workshops to keep up with the latest in dental technology. Opalescence Boost whitening rejuvenates less-than-lustrous teeth in just over an hour without the harsh glow of ultraviolet rays. Instead, a dentist-supervised assistant coats chompers with a chemically activated regiment of fluoride and potassium nitrate to beef up enamel strength and bolster oral security against cavities and malicious ex-retainers. Mouth masters freshly mix Boost's bleach for each session, delivering consistent color to each tooth and lightening hues three–six shades in a single visit.
At Pinole Chiropractic, Dr. Jennifer Hammett vanquishes chronic and acute pain from patients not only with traditional spinal adjustments and physiotherapy techniques, but with modern tools as well. Cold-laser therapy, for example, sends light into injured tissue to help stimulate healing and reduce pain; this, combined with chiropractic care, helps promote overall well-being by restoring healthy muscle and nerve function. But whether traditional or new, all of her treatments have something in common: they don't require any medication or surgery. Instead, Dr. Hammett triggers the body's own ability to self-heal.
Analyte Health takes the embarrassment out of testing for sexually transmitted diseases by offering quick, convenient, off-the-record STD screening at 1,800 LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics centers around the country and supplying the results by discreet email. Since many of these bugs are asymptomatic, it is especially important to test for them and prevent their inadvertent spread to new and old partners, as outlined in the testimonials page.
Certified Zumba instructor Cassie Venegas wants to share the joy she’s had of getting fit through dancing since she found Zumba. Zumba—a fusion of fast-paced aerobic dance moves and upbeat Latin rhythms—is a dance fitness class that often seems more like a party than another day at the gym. The combination of hypnotic beats and fun, simple-to-follow movements makes Zumba a good class for beginners and seasoned exercisers alike.