The cosmetology students at Sidney's Hairdressing College receive inspired instruction from their accomplished professors, who tally up a combined century of industry experience. In addition to learning the finer points of style, students learn an internationally employed Pivot Point system that delivers consistently dynamic cuts. All services at the salon are performed by instructor-supervised students.
A proud member of the Professional Photographers of America, shutterbug Christopher Clark captures memorable images of families and high-school seniors. Families and their pets gladly grin in unison for portraits worthy of any wall, holiday card, or Wanted poster. Clark shows up for sittings at the locale of choice or snaps portraits in the cozy confines of his studio. A pre-portrait phone consultation ensures the photographer's expert staging skills bring out the best side of every two- or- four-legged member of the family. Portraits sized for wallets and frames commemorate shoots' success alongside linen-embossed pictorial depictions mounted on sturdy art board and ready to be framed and hung above the mantel.
Although Shawn Strickland is a certified trainer with a masters of education in exercise science, it didn't take a genius to see the benefits of smaller workout groups. Rather than leading large boot-camp classes where some students can fall behind, mishear instructions, or simply feel isolated, he has designed his boot camps for groups of no more than five at a time. This way, he can afford to guide clients through more intricate training regimens, employing kettle bells, resistance bands, and floor routines while observing the correct form and progress of each individual.
The first order of business for Cross Fit Wichita's trainers is to get everyone on a first-name basis; it's commonplace for trainers to encourage a round of handshakes before they read off the day's workout. Community plays a central role in the gym's CrossFit and boot-camp programs, which explains why all new CrossFit members typically begin with On Ramp. This program teaches CrossFit's core movements, such as squats and presses, so clients feel comfortable entering the group WOD classes, also known as the Workout of the Day. These daily-changing workouts favor a dynamic, nonspecialized approach to build all three of the body's metabolic pathways, from the phosphagen pathway that powers high-effort, short-duration activities to the oxidative pathway that drives lower-effort, sustained activity such as distance running and rowing.
This approach also develops CrossFit's 10 recognized physical skills—such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility—that serve as measures of overall fitness. Trainers keep a close eye on every member, adjusting exercises to easier or more challenging versions. This helps clients stay on track to meet their fitness goals, whether they're focused on losing weight, building muscle, or tearing through a T-shirt with a single flex. To further cater their services to clients, trainers never hold them to long-term contracts, and the gym’s warehouse-like setting and low-tech equipment—squat cages, rowing machines, and platforms for box jumps—prevent the pretension that sometimes comes with commercial gyms.
The family behind TNT Pet Services draws on 10 years of veterinary and pet-boarding experience as their courteous and professional staff cares for tailed critters with an array of grooming and playtime services. The experienced pet sitters and dog walkers entertain furry friends with 15–30 minute interactions that include walks, belly rubs, refreshments, and English lessons. Gussying up animal companions, TNT's groomers gently cleanse, crop, and brush coats until they're soft and lustrous. Groomers also offer pickup and drop-off services at an additional cost. To help prep new pups for domestic life, TNT's skilled trainers teach them proper manners in two-week potty training courses. If owners continue to reinforce the techniques at home with consistency, dogs will learn to avoid bad habits, such as staining rugs or eating with their elbows on the table.
Without a phone, one feels suddenly helpless and disconnected. Technicians at MobileComm restore broken devices, returning cracked screens to clarity and replacing short-lived batteries. Some phones leap back to life with fresh motherboards, and water-damage repair can restore data after you tell an orca a joke while it is taking a drink. The crew draws on an array of parts and accessories from popular cellular brands such as Apple, Android, and Blackberry, and a burbling chorus of electronics fills the vast showroom of chargers, headphones, and sleek phone cases.