Katy Roades doesn't urge her students to strive for perfection. Instead, she hopes that Fort Thomas Yoga Den can be a place of relaxation and renewal, where visitors complete their practice at their own pace and shrug off their tensions with a toasty cup of tea before each class. Her lighthearted attitude reflects on her curriculum, which welcomes participants of all experience levels to courses such as Intro to Yoga and Ladies Nite—a series of poses geared specifically toward the female form. Bright and modern decor lines the studio walls, broadcasting the same casual yet serene vibe as its experienced instructors and waterfall receptionist. Though she stresses the value of never taking one's self too seriously, Katy deeply believes in yoga's therapeutic benefits. Inspired by her family's military background, she hosts complimentary Yoga Warriors sessions, leading those who have served through mind-body techniques designed to address the symptoms of PTSD.
Trained technicians at QuikStop Oilube's 13 tristate locations complete automotive services from speedy lubes to tire rotations with an ethos of friendliness and dedication established in 1987. Products keep engines smoothly churning and piston cylinders from attracting feral whack-a-moles. Each location offers full Saturday hours with select centers open on Sundays to ensure convenient service for any schedule. While-you-wait service rests on a trademark 10-minute oil change, complete with a fresh filter and a high-octane lollipop for well-behaved cars.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
The wireless wizards and service providers at AT&T Authorized Retailers equip phones with a wealth of accessories. An iGo green universal wall charger ($49.99) powers up virtually any phone at home (with corresponding cables, sold separately), and doubles as a battery backup to provide power when wall outlets run dry. Screen-protector two-packs for the Impulse 4G andd Xperia Play keep displays smudge and glare free ($15 each). Alternatively, an AGF leather-inlayed rubber case grants Samsung Galaxy S II's the protection of an iron gauntlet ensconced in a stylish velvet glove, and the Body Glove soft-shell case for Impulse 4G phones offers a smooth gel surface that stows easily without attracting pocket lint or belly-button lint masquerading as pocket lint ($30 each). Throw a party to celebrate newly acquired phone accessories with entertainment provided by an iHome mini-stereo speaker system, featuring two amplified speakers and vacuum bass expansion with a protective carrying case ($49.99).
The team of technicians at Cosmetic Laser Institute helps heal damaged skin and beautify complexions with more than 20 laser-powered procedures overseen by University of Cincinnati–trained dermatologist Anthony Mamari, MD. Focused on client comfort, Dr. Mamari and his staff work to banish blemishes and age spots.