Kristi Simpson and Charli Shaw, both alumni of the American Academy of Nail Technology, set out to open a salon together, and in 2009, Kristi and Charlis was opened. Kari Wilkinson, one of nine skilled stylists on the Kristi and Charlis staff, honed her skills at the Tony and Guy Hairdressing Academy, and uses those skills to help transform clients' hair into lustrous manes with cuts, color treatments, and conditioning.
Founded in 1968 by the county’s first physical therapist, North Idaho Physical Therapy quickly made a name for itself by helping local athletes, loggers, and miners get back to doing what they do best. More than four decades later, the center has expanded to three locations and taken on a team of medical specialists whose expertise ranges from massage therapy to chiropractic. Though their specialties are diverse, the staff members share one important thing in common: They all emphasize individual care through customized treatment programs. These programs may include rehabilitative therapies, soothing ashiatsu massages, or strength training in preparation for long days of logging or sawing slow desktop computers in half.
Chiropractor and licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Wendy Cunningham, addresses common health problems with natural solutions and treatments, including the ancient Chinese method of acupuncture. An initial consultation (a $35 value) lasts about 45 minutes and thoroughly discusses patient concerns before laying out an acupuncture treatment plan. During the course of two 25-minute acupuncture treatments (a $65 value for each), fine needles situate themselves along invisible meridians that run throughout the body from north to south. Like every M&M color, each point has a specific meaning and, when unblocked, can help facilitate the flow of vital energy throughout the body. The tiny needles increase blood flow and boost the production of collagen and elastin, allowing skin tone and color to improve, while ironing out fine lines like miniature metallic seamstresses.
Cool breezes gain steam over the waters of Hayden Lake before moving through the pine trees that line the fairways of Avondale Golf Course, adding to the bucolic splendor of the 18-hole, 6,600-yard layout. The course's short-grass corridors switchback through a combination of tree-lined and open terrain, with water hazards complicating passage on five holes, placing precise shots and webbed golf shoes at a premium.
A stint at the natural-turf driving range helps golfers to warm up for the round, a necessary measure for slow-starting swings that may struggle to reach the lengthy par 4 second hole—rated the course's hardest from the men's tees—in regulation. After hunting birdies and inflating the egos of smug putters across the landscape, players can recess to the Water Hazard Bar & Grill to recap memorable shots over dinner and drinks.
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A locally owned fitness destination for 30 years, Peak Health & Wellness provides patrons with three facilities as spacious and well-maintained as gyms owned by a corporate entity, but as personalized as a family business. Guests walk into any location to find large workout floors stocked with rows of cardio and strength equipment, separate group-aerobics studios, and indoor courts for playing tennis, squash, basketball, and pretend jury duty. The personable staff of certified trainers lead 40 distinct fitness programs including group classes of Insane-X, X-Fit, and spin, while onsite childcare centers watch over the little ones as parents work out. To solve the other side of the health and wellness equation, each locale hosts various nutrition programs and seminars.
The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Martial Arts believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That’s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can’t be resolved through traditional coup d’ètat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as kenpo karate and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian jujitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate has won Krem’s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.