A tasteful mod wall-design depicting eyeglasses in green, blue, pink, and other hues greets visitors to Modern Optometry. This isn't just an interior decorating choice—it also represents the boutique eye-care clinic's equal emphasis on eye health and original fashion. Two expert optometrists specialize in testing eyes for visual acuity, but also track down and identify eye diseases ranging from conjunctivitis to a Lego figure stuck behind the eyelid. Meanwhile, a team of opticians perform fittings for eyewear and contacts from daily disposables to bifocal lenses. A gallery of designer frames features more than 16 brands such as Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, and Polaroid.
At Village Yoga, Freddy Margolis has amassed an impressive team of experienced instructors, some of whom have impressive backgrounds in fields such as competitive dance and chinese medicine. These specialists aim to help students foster holistic wellness with a variety of yoga classes at both of their spacious studios. Their class styles range from flowing Vinyasa and gentle stretches to high-intensity Zumba and power yoga, and teacher training is also available.
Clients can rent either studio to host yoga parties that celebrate birthdays, engagements, or successful human-Jenga games. An instructor will be on hand to guide partygoers through routines, and the space comes equipped with yoga mats, bolsters, and music.
At Novel Smiles, Drs. Izzat Sbeih and Lan Tran go to great lengths to make their patients comfortable. For starters, there's their work experience. Dr. Sbeih has completed training for cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry, just to name a couple of his areas of expertise, and Dr. Tran is a board-certified orthodontic specialist, with an emphasis on cosmetic interdisciplinary treatment. Then, there's their sleek, modern office, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as intraoral cameras and digital X-rays. If that's not enough to help clients relax, or if they just need a hand squeezing the remaining toothpaste out of the tube, the practice also offers massage therapy services.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
Unyong Kim regards every event in her life as an influence that has molded her teaching model, from conquering the fear of public speaking to crossing the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon. She pours all her wisdom and experience into her yoga classes, which are designed to promote relaxation for her students. She tries to teach yoga as a state of mind, rather than a series of postures, packaging it as a meditative practice for personal benefit and an attitude that can inform life off the mat.
The core of Unyong's training still takes place in the classroom, though. She has a series designed to promote a calm state of mind, a series to challenge the body, and a series built around family-style games such as horseshoes, where dad is the pole and little Billy is the horseshoe.
The goal at Brickhouse Cardio Club, according to its website, “is to ditch the workout and have a party in every class.” To do this, the trainers crank up energetic dance music on the full sound system so it reverberates through every plank of the joint-friendly flooring, motivating the students to power through the Zumba, PiYo Strength, INSANITY, and TRX Suspension Training classes. This unconventional approach to fitness also surfaces in the friendly trainers’ dedication to cultivating a supportive community of members, as well as creating a welcoming space free from ogling gym rats.