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.
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.
The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
The Pink Lady Consignment Shop upgrades wardrobes with gently worn wares from designers such as Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, and Carol Little. With both women's and children's apparel on display, fashionistas can browse an array of sizes and styles ranging from petites to plus sizes and casual- to formalwear. Pick the racks clean of tops ($4–$15) and designer jeans ($6–$20) for a trendy outfit to sport during a night out, or don career separates ($6–$20) to maintain a crisp image at the office. Among accessories such as hats and assorted jewelry, handmade fabric handbags ($8–$15) lend style to the typically mundane task of toting charge cards, hairbrushes, and pet geckos.