The workouts at Drenched Boot Camp get the blood pumping, the muscles working, and the fat burning in less than an hour. Each 45-minute high-intensity session is created and guided by Julie Arts, a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer and certified TRX suspension trainer who has the motivational prowess to power students of all skill levels through a challenging yet rewarding class. Her sessions at JJ Jump begin with a jump in the bounce house to get students' bodies warmed up, stretch out muscles, and wiggle into tight workout shorts. Julie then leads her charges through 25–30 minutes of obstacle-course races, squats, pushups, and burpees. The trainer happily modifies the workouts to make sure beginners and injured students are comfortable. After a five-minute cool-down session, students can strut out of class with a new sense of confidence and a souvenir jar of their own sweat. In addition to helping individuals reach their health goals, Julie has spent four seasons with Team in Training in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Minimal packaging is used in wrapping IQ Natural’s all-natural serums, just one of the staff’s many demonstrations of eco-consciousness. They operate on a five-tier commitment to organic ingredients, ensuring that all products are free from unwholesome fillers, parabens, or multiple-choice test questions for animals. Many items are vegan.
From among the product lines, peels, masks, and toners set complexions aglow under mineral makeup that's culled from deep inside the earth’s cosmetic counter. Massage oils and scrubs render softer, smoother skin, and specially formulated baby products leave freshly scented tots in their wakes.
Embroidered sombreros. Vintage car parts and license plates. Framed photos and old electric beer signs. The cerulean walls at the locally owned Anvil Barber Shop brim with bric-a-brac that seems to tell stories from days when the shop’s strait-razor shaves and comfortable barber chairs were the norm. The staff errs on the side of traditional attention to detail at those retro seats. They administer precise haircuts and classic hot-towel shaves while their of-age guests sip at complimentary beer and whiskey.
AuRycl Tan owner Pashia Fischer knows the ins and outs of the spray-tan business. A former operations director for a large sunless-tanning company and a tinting artist for a loyal clientele, Pashia struck out on her own in May 2011 and hasn't looked back since. Along with a team of friendly account managers, she markets her proprietary line of sunless-tanning products across the country. Pashia's solutions—from an odor-free spray tan to a fast-drying bronzing mousse—bring a hint of sun to numerous salons and image-conscious owls.
The team at Mattress Warehouse USA understands that buying a mattress is a huge commitment, so they don’t want their customers to feel pressured to get it exactly right the first time. Though they’re confident in their wide selection of memory-foam, pillow-top, and encased-coil mattresses from brands such as Easy-Rest and Corsicana, the store gives buyers a 60-day sleep trial during which they can return their mattress if they decide they don’t like it. Something else customers can do within 60 days is check the price—if another store sells their bed for less than they paid for it, they can return to Mattress Warehouse USA and receive a discount for the difference. Most mattresses can be delivered the same day, and crews can also remove the old mattress for free and drop it off at a local shelter or at a farm upstate where it can play with other old mattresses.