After working at eyewear centers for three years, a 21-year-old Norman Childs took a tremendous leap of faith when he opened his own in 1979. In the inaugural years, Norman developed close relationships with his customers and began building Eyetique’s reputation for carrying high-fashion frames by the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Chanel––brand names that were hard to find in the area. Norman’s brainchild grew even larger with the help of a massive ad campaign showing more than 600 actors, musicians, and local celebrities donning the shop’s eyewear. With an entrepreneurial spirit that never yields, Norman also developed his own brand of eyeglasses, the Norman Childs line, which features frames made in the USA.
Today, Eyetique has since expanded to eight locations and continues to outfit visitors in sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, which empower wearers with 20/20 vision and the ability to always spot Waldo in games of hide-and-seek. Staff members work one-on-one with customers to ensure that frames reflect the their personality, helping guests choose from a variety of designer brands including Coach, Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Silhouette.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
RowZone seamlessly melds strength training, cardio, and flexibility into a 45-minute group workout built around an indoor rowing machine. Founder, trainer, and former Roman galley slave Ian Andracchio pioneered RowZone's singularly structured sessions to offer an alternative to increasingly realistic and expletive-laden boot camps. Experienced instructors helm each session, leading a team of rowers through alternating sets of free weight curls, crunches, and the torso- and arm-enhancing motion of the row. Unlike right-handed lumberjack tossing or balancing kettle bells on your forehead, the workout works out an extensive coterie of contiguous muscles, with the average rower burning between 600 and 800 calories per session.
The proud and pliable recipient of a yoga mat's worth of accolades, Amazing Yoga spreads its limber arms to embrace all practitioners, welcoming stretching sophomores and savants alike. Talented, passionate instructors lead an array of classes over a flexible schedule at each of Amazing Yoga's four studios. Clients can frequent the studio of their choice and stack their chakras in classes such as the Basics, a beginner's power-yoga class that emphasizes foundation postures, helping practitioners build up a strong foundation to withstand floods, high winds, and tickling attacks. Amazing Yoga recommends bringing your own water bottle and a mat to classes, though rental mats are available for $2 per class.
Rather than letting guests loose on intimidating weights and boring exercise machines, You Rock Fitness Wexford brings exercisers together in an energizing array of intimate group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. Instructors Amy, Michelle, and Emily take their cues from students as they cultivate a schedule of classes with intense workouts like POUND and R.I.P.P.E.D. Both classes are uniquely different except for the fact that they put bodies through an grueling workout that can burn up to 1000 calories in just under an hour.
Situated in what was once an electronics store, the space's formerly drab interior has taken on an electrifying new look, brimming with bright purples and lime greens that complement gleaming hardwood floors. A wavy mirror shoots back students' sweat-streaked reflections in the main studio as children play within eye range in the Kidz Room—designed and painted by the instructors' daughters, this child-friendly zone keeps kids entertained during their parents' workouts with games, puzzles, and Cabbage Patch drill instructors.