Thrive! Weight Loss helps participants to disentangle from the dieting yo-yo to embrace new, healthier lifestyles. After enrolling in an online or in-center plan, classmates each receive a nutrition workbook, online journal, and set of cave paints to supplement and document their efforts to slim down. In-person members participate in weekly group classes that are entertaining and edifying, and onliners can watch streaming videos of the instruction at any time. As fat-burning journals are diligently kept, Thrive! Weight Loss’s enthusiastic instructors help to set goals and walk students through practical pound-shedding strategies that include navigating restaurant menus, noting how the body reacts to certain food pairings, or discovering how the mind might react to talking celery.
Khroma Key Media allows its subjects to be photographed almost anywhere without leaving the comfort of the studio. By using chromakey technology, including a green screen, Khroma Key Media lets subjects seemingly appear in any exciting locale they choose, from a jungle to a Hollywood scene to the surface of the moon. This technology also enables their staff to create special packages for their clients, such as kid-created storybooks, cereal boxes, or movie posters.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and eight years later, Pure Barre spread its franchises to what is now more than 160 locations across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, physiques can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The total-body workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. High-energy, intimate classes with small amounts of attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills. Pure Barre also offers private barre-ties, DVDs, equipment, designer exercise apparel, and more.
The primary goals are 1) to “reframe” uncomfortable, distressing or perplexing situations into opportunities for healing, growth, change and restoration and 2) orient people towards a much larger story that is unfolding alongside their own.
Students should bring: Bottled water, yoga mat, and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Work at your own pace.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I keep everyone motivated by maintaining and enthusiastic attitude and playing great music. I also down the steps to make this class as easy as possible. After being in the fitness industry for 25 years, I know how to make a class exciting and fun. I also give free gifts to the students when they complete challenges.
Has your business won any awards?
No, but I was featured in the lifestyle section of the Times Free Press.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I'm certified in Zumba Basics 1, Zumba Basics 2, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, kickboxing, CPR/AED, and group fitness. I also often give free gifts to the students when they complete challenges, and sometimes for just being there.
Signature service: Wedding and event planning
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: Let us bring the wedding of your dreams to life.
Samantha Klaburner found her calling early in life; she was eight years old, in fact. She planned one perfect event in her mind, and she hasn't stopped since. In 1991, she founded Extreme Event Planning to turn her passion into her life's work, and by the end of the year she found herself with a robust staff managing multi-day affairs such as weddings and corporate getaways. She and her team have planned more than 930 weddings in the intervening years, ranging from small family getaways to parties for 1,500 guests.
Weddings are her favorite events to tackle; she loves "watching our bride's dream come true and making it happen." In fact, she and her team go to great lengths to turn clients' visions into realities. They track down the perfect venue by casting a wide net?they've hosted events everywhere from Santa Barbara to Miami, in everything from rustic lodges to urban parks. Once the venue is solidified, Samantha personalizes the event, beginning with custom letterpress invitations and moving on to all of the other nitty-gritty details: linens, lighting, flowers, table service, and making sure the sun rises.