At Genesis Emporia, the emphasis is on well-rounded fitness. Not only does the gym's staff arm its members with a slew of cardio and weight-training equipment, but the facility is dotted with conveniences such as basketball and tennis courts, childcare, tanning and steam rooms, and a yoga studio. Along with personal trainers, the staff includes fitness coaches who teach classes ranging from Zumba and Pilates to kickboxing and strength training. The gym also hosts kids' summer camps, which stress the importance of exercise with activities such as swimming or arts and crafts, so children can paint just like the famous weightlifters of the Italian Renaissance.
Grace Designs & Esthetics’ skincare professionals upgrade the health and look of skin with face and body treatments performed inside a newly renovated space adorned with modern accents. While the spa’s makeup artists expertly camouflage imperfections, aestheticians work to correct their underlying causes with facials that rehabilitate dry, aging, or smart-mouthing skin.
The wireless wizards and service providers at AT&T Authorized Retailers equip phones with a wealth of accessories. An iGo green universal wall charger ($49.99) powers up virtually any phone at home (with corresponding cables, sold separately), and doubles as a battery backup to provide power when wall outlets run dry. Screen-protector two-packs for the Impulse 4G andd Xperia Play keep displays smudge and glare free ($15 each). Alternatively, an AGF leather-inlayed rubber case grants Samsung Galaxy S II's the protection of an iron gauntlet ensconced in a stylish velvet glove, and the Body Glove soft-shell case for Impulse 4G phones offers a smooth gel surface that stows easily without attracting pocket lint or belly-button lint masquerading as pocket lint ($30 each). Throw a party to celebrate newly acquired phone accessories with entertainment provided by an iHome mini-stereo speaker system, featuring two amplified speakers and vacuum bass expansion with a protective carrying case ($49.99).
Judging from their natural ability to make small talk while cutting or coloring hair with precision, one might guess that The Beauty Bar’s hairstylists were actual bartenders in their former lives. That hypothesis is supported by the fact that guests are treated to complimentary mocktails upon arriving at the 2,100-square-foot salon. When they aren’t pouring shots of nourishing lotion and shampoo, the staff wax away unwanted body and facial hair, host spa parties, and prep brides-to-be for trips down the aisle. The salon’s nail technicians offer a full slate of natural nail treatments headlined by their signature ice-cream pedicure—a treat that includes a ME! Bath strawberry-ice-cream footbath, a marshmallow foot mask, and a maraschino cherry affixed to each toe.
LaMar Diltz, a charismatic doctor of naturopathy, offers a range of natural wellness products aimed at shrinking waistlines and making people healthier. From air and water purifiers to minerals and revitalizing glass jewelry, his wares work to bolster both mind and body by honing in on systemic problems such as high blood pressure, as well as specific areas including the bowels, bones, and joints. Dr. Lamar's wellness regimens also extend past the human species, with a special formula designed specifically for horses, which aids their digestion, muscle condition, and arithmetic skills.