At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
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.
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.
Topeka Landscape beautifies domestic turfs and grooms hedge animals with a green-gussying array of landscaping services and a variety of trees and plants. Clients can give grounds a meticulous mowing ($50–$90) or a fungicide treatment ($49 per application) to keep yards from morphing into caterpillar discotheques. A five-step seasonal lawn fertilization program ($60–$100 on average per application) promotes year-round growth and grub control ($82) prevents gluttonous larva banquets.
Unique Expressions' master caster bakes paintable ceramics from 7,000 molds on site while Cheryl guides burgeoning artists and casual colorists as they introduce hues to fanciful statuettes. Adults can bring their favorite beverages to class as they listen to music and take brushes to dachshunds and angels. Cheryl, a professional artist, then fires each piece in the kiln, ensuring that newly painted garden gnomes emerge uncracked and ready to guard tomato patches from ceramic rabbits.
Desima Dawdy, the director of Pilates Performance & Rehab, balances a mélange of classes, ranging from muscle-toning Pilates mat classes to sessions that help those recovering from injuries. She arms her phalanx of certified instructors with Pilates apparatus machines, each designed to cool molten cores into abs of stone or rebuild injured muscles through calibrated pulleys and straps that add resistance to moves. In addition to classes aimed at enhancing sports or dance performance, tailored programs meet clients at the doorsteps of their own physical aptitudes, teaching guests effective exercises for managing pain, osteoporosis, or mad cat flu.