SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Dr. Mazin K. Yaldo and his colleagues believe that quality of life and vision go hand in hand. They also believe that for many patients glasses are an unnecessary hassle. For proof just look at the numbers: their practice has performed roughly 20,000 LASIK surgeries and 10,000 contact-implant procedures since opening in 1993. Indeed, these doctors can use lasers to address refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and can also tackle glaucoma, eyelid conditions, and other eye conditions that might cause patients to mistake their spouse for their household poltergeist.
Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
World of Pole’s instructors help people boost health and self-
confidence in a variety of fun-centered fitness classes. Pole-fitness
classes tailored to men and women combine sensual dance moves
with full-body exercises that strengthen muscles and improve
coordination. Meanwhile, Zumba fuses fun dance steps with Latin
beats that keep students so entertained, they hardly know they're
burning calories. Instructors also host a bevy of other fun fitness
classes, including Hoopnotica hoop dance that leads students through
graceful choreography with the aid of a hula hoop, Glide-n-Tone
sessions that strengthen muscles thanks to moveable discs, and
trapeze classes that instill the circus attraction's basic techniques while
building up core muscles and the ability to tame lions.