In the years prior to the full time launch of her first Create Total Wellness clinic, Nichole Lowe spent 80% of her time traveling for business, balancing stress and healthy eating. Wellness education and lifestyle support during this time was a key component to her successfully managing such a high-profile career.
In 2010, at the height of her corporate career, Nichole's husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and three arterial blockages that required immediate surgery. Though Nichole had long since demonstrated a professional interest in health and wellness throughout her career as a film producer and corporate executive, the inspiration that led her to dedicate her career to the pursuit of total wellness was this deeply personal one. She attended an integrative nutrition program in New York and started racking up certifications in other studies, such as anti-inflammatory diets and Ayurveda. It all led her to Create Total Wellness, where she preempts emergencies in other families by teaching clients how to live well before tragedy strikes.
The many branches of Pets R Us Veterinary Hospitals are each filled with seasoned groups of vets and vet technicians. At Chapman Veterinary Hospital, for example, Dr. Samuel Azab puts to use more than ten years of experience and a special interest in surgery, internal medicine, and avian treatment. At any of the locations, pets can be treated for a variety of health concerns ranging from flea infestations to endocrine diseases. The hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art medical devices, and some of them can conduct digital radiography, vaccinations, ultrasounds, and orthopedic surgery. Some facilities also provide boarding and grooming for non-medical concerns.
Party Time Photo Booth amps up festivities with Hollywood flair. All packages include a red carpet straight from Tinsel Town as well as velvet ropes and stanchions. After walking the red carpet, guests get to pile into picture booths, donning silly props such as Viking helmets for unlimited photos. Photo strips can be printed out with custom text and graphics. And, at the end of the event, party hosts get to take home every image snapped on a USB thumb drive. To ensure a smooth event, Party Time Photo Booth even includes an onsite attendant.
Specializing in succulents and drought-tolerant plants, Living Green Nursery pumps oxygen into the atmosphere with its massive selection of retail and wholesale plants, many of which are grown on the shop's extensive grounds. A sprawling net reaches over verdant rows of potted plants and trees ($2.99+) and lush patches of vegetables and herbs ($2.99). Living Green Nursery's excellent selection of water-retaining succulents and other drought-tolerant vegetation helps achieve any hydrophobic gardener's wildest dreams ($1.99–$19.99). In addition to its extensive cache of plants, Living Green Nursery also offers several options for outdoor furniture ($199–$2,500), flower-complementing pottery ($8–$200), and fountains ($99–$300) for bathing avians or squirrels looking for a place to wade while drinking a gin and tonic. After selecting the flora of their choice, blossom boosters can head over to Living Green's planting station where the nursery's green-thumbed gurus can assist in the assembly of colorful customized containers of their new photosynthesis-dependent friend.
At Balanced Life Wellness, experienced life coach and hypnotherapist Dr. Pam Rumi has created a center where all of her personal passions—hypnosis, yoga, nutritional counseling, and personal training—are blended seamlessly. Wanting to help others harness the wellness potential within themselves, Pam works to help her clients lose weight, overcome anxiety, and curb addictions. Come in for a hypnotherapy session designed to help reduce carb and sugar cravings, or have a personalized nutritional session, during which Pam creates customized plans for weight loss and health.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. On weekdays, families can pop in for open jump sessions, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much salt water.