Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from thirteen clean and sunny Club Pilates?studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
Every year at the San Diego County Fair, Roxy Restaurant doles out roughly 7,000 of its falafel burgers. These award-winning creations feature a falafel patty with melted cheese, tomatoes, and sprouts. The strange part is: the falafel burger might not even be Roxy's most popular item. That distinction probably goes to the artichoker, a sandwich that, much like the healthiest wedding cakes, is stacked with marinated artichoke hearts, black olives, and sunflower seeds. Chicken enchilada and grilled fish sate meat eaters, but it's the creative, vegetarian-friendly dishes such as these have helped keep Roxy a go-to spot in Encinitas since 1978, when brothers Shoja and Shahram Naimi opened it as an ice cream shop. The brothers have continually built upon that modest foundation over the years, but they have never strayed from their dedication to fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch, preservative-free cooking.
Steve Marmor has great confidence in the healing powers of natural herbal remedies. The owner of Herbs & More has a background in herbology and nutrition, which he uses to help patients combat chronic fatigue and seasonal afflictions by deploying natural products such as bee pollen, kelp, and mittens knitted from dandelion stems. His center also houses a hyperbaric oxygen-therapy chamber, which boosts energy and speeds healing by saturating the body with pressurized oxygen.
Although it started out slinging only Birkenstock sandals, Birkenstock of San Diego now fits shoppers with shoes by more than 30 style-, environment-, and comfort-conscious manufacturers. Birkenstock's Gizeh Birko-Flor sandal ($74.95) provides pronounced arch support and more to double as leisurely foot dens, and it comes in seven synthetic varieties. Vibram FiveFingers ($74.95–$124.95 for adults; $59.95 for kids) nestle each little piggy into its own home, spreading the foot naturally and reducing stress on the knees, hips, and lower back. The quest for 100% sustainable shoes is led by Simple, whose men's D-Solve sneakers ($64.95) rock organic cotton lining, footbeds, and laces, and include biodegradable soles and water-based glue to hold the shoe together.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
An environmentally friendly and clean Health and Fitness studio keeping the clients best interests in the forefront through one on one instruction and supervision. Balanced with community service work and a mission of sustainability.