As a former overworked New Yorker, Tri-State Running Company owner Cameron Simoneau found solace in running, and seeks to share that inner peace with others by cultivating a friendly haven for healthy living with knowledgeable staffers. Employees persevere in finding the perfect fit for runners, walkers, and professional hot-coal crossers, cushioning toes in sneakers from brands such as Adidas and Asics. They also ensure athletes trot comfortably and safely with accessories from names including Thermoskin and CamelBak. The shop integrates itself into the local running community through regular running clinics and partnerships with local marathons and 5Ks, and also collects donations for Soles4Souls, an organization dedicated to sheltering bare feet in new kicks.
On the shelves and display racks at Tala's, handbags from Brazil stand a few feet from mandala earrings and ornate hookahs. Around the shop, curated selections of handmade products stand ready to be inspected and taken home. Tala's also follows fair-trade practices, aiming to benefit the far-flung makers of its clothing and accessories.
At PeakFast Fitness & Sports Training, experienced coaches whip exercisers into tiptop shape with functional fitness training and a hearty helping of encouragement. Well-versed in disciplines such as physiology and kinesiology, the coaches draw upon scientific research to help their charges reach their fitness goals. Powered by kettlebells, resistance bands, bodyweight exercises, and teamwork, boot camps and other group fitness classes revolve around everyday motions such as pushing, pulling, and rotating to help students thrive in their everyday lives. Their personal-training sessions are tailored to meet specific goals, from losing weight to running a marathon to hitting more homeruns on the hockey rink. The one-on-one sessions include a nutrition assessment to enhance the custom workouts, which can be designed to boost the metabolism, strengthen the muscles, or rehabilitate an injury.
Even when classes or meetings aren't in session, visitors might easily discern that Knitwits Contemporary Yarn Shop is as much a hobby-community hub as a yarn store. The shop is dominated by a large round table and a jewel-toned stained-glass window that throws colorful light all over the homey vintage digs. Nearly every day of the week, the shop is full of knitters of all experience levels learning to make ruffled scarves or intricately patterned socks for hard-to-buy-for giftees with an odd number of feet. Shelves are piled with nearly as many patterns and project books as they are with yarns from dozens of makers, including lines made of boutique worsted wool and alpaca hair. A chalkboard sign announces the inspiring project of the week, and the outgoing staff will gladly suggest others.
NKY Magazine's staff highlights events, locations, and people in the region, composing in-depth features on important developments. Topics covered by the mag's reporters include business and health news, as well as lighter pieces showcasing northern Kentucky's best dining and the travel spots most frequented by Bigfoot.
Tommy Evans, who has been diving since 1983, shares the beauty of the underwater world through his hobby—aquatic photography—and his business: Central Coast Dive Center. At the PADI-award-winning center, dive instructors can introduce students to diving basics, such as operating the air tank and making sure its full of laughing gas. They also can prepare them for PADI-open-water certification and other more advanced certificates.
Students can practice in the onsite heated pool, or in natural waters on the center’s trips to Little Cayman, Cabo San Lucas, and other tropical locales. To complement its classes and trips, the center stocks gear from high-end brands, such as Atomic Aquatics, Zeagle, and Henderson.