Since 1994, pie masters at Pomodoro Gourmet Pizza & Pasta have slathered pasta in sauce made in-house and sprinkled house-made pizza dough with veggies, meats, and low-fat cheese to craft a menu of Italian classics. Hunter-green stools flank an island floating among the tiled flooring, providing patrons with front-row views of the pie-creation process, and a flat-screen television also captivates eyes with broadcasts of sports games and national breath-holding contests.
In one room, skincare specialists swath bodies in an all-natural seaweed gel, sprinkle on a potpourri of nourishing herbs, and let infrared heat draw out their toning and detoxifying qualities. In another, acupuncturists realign clients' chi and fine-tune their physical and emotional fields. And behind any door, massage therapists may be kneading tense muscles, chiropractors may be adjusting injured backs, or aestheticians may be resurfacing complexions to a radiant glow with oxygen facials.
A staff of professionals from many areas of expertise come together under the roof and stress-zapping force field of Balance the Clinic, where they work together to bolster physical and emotional health with natural remedies and clinically tested treatments. In addition to consulting with any of these staff members, guests also can retreat into the privacy of an infrared sauna. From a private changing room, individuals or couples step into a hypoallergenic, odor-free basswood chamber equipped with a sound system that sets the sauna gently vibrating in time with relaxing music.
Bowenwork is a soft-tissue technique that utilizes firm pressure to reduce inflammation, decrease tension, and increase blood flow. The treatment is appropriate for people of all ages, from newborn babies to senile pharaohs. At The Body Clinic, Bowen practitioner Suzette Lake mends muscles and helps her clients achieve a higher quality of life through 90-minute sessions. The appointment begins with a little paperwork before clients are asked to remove shoes, glasses, stow-away cockleburs, and jewelry. Lying fully clothed on a massage table, patients will encounter Suzette’s experienced hands as they smoothly traverse muscles, tendons, and nerves in an effort to halt the assembly lines of the body’s stress factory. Throughout the session, 2- to 10-minute massage-less intervals will occur, giving patients some time to contemplate the healing hand movements.
Brandishing their own supplies and sporting customized Holly’s Way bandanas, Holly’s Way Property Cleaning’s staffers arrive and immediately narrow their gazes on dirt and grime. The insured cleaners, who have all passed background checks, are no strangers to life's more unpleasant messes. In addition to basic-housekeeping tasks, they offer hoarder assistance to evacuate and manage excess belongings as well as filth tackling, during which they take on more-severe targets such as garbage, odors, and swarming insects. Leveraging 20 combined years of cleaning experience, the staff lends equal sanitary finesse to carpets, laundry, and dishes and stands behind all of its work with a 24-hour guarantee and a dirt-zapping ray gun.
In a cavernous 17,600-square-foot space, Group Dynamix’s staff directs team-building coworkers or gaggles of youngsters through activities designed to encourage bonding and lighthearted competition. Office staffers work through tasks—such as building model covered wagons and racing them—that unite them more than playing a game of Hot Potato with a newly installed printer. Teen camps might send kids whooshing down a zip line or ascending a rock-climbing wall, and groups duck inside a dark space lined with black lights, where they can play volleyball, dodge ball, and hockey accented by crackling luminous color. Above it all, a ropes course defies gravity in the rafters of the entertainment warehouse.
Gene Olson of Gene's Janitorial Service, Inc. started his cleaning business with just one employee: himself. After years of working in the commercial cleaning business, Gene decided to take the reins and forge his own career path, beginning with a dozen clients in 1995. As he continued to broaden his skill set, including obtaining OSHA certification, he began to receive more phone calls from clients in need of a thorough cleaning service. More than 15 years later, Gene is still at the helm of his cleaning service, personally completing his clients' house, office, or retail cleaning projects, or sending one of his trained family members dressed in his clothes. Their cleaning services range from short, hour long sessions that spruce up living rooms and kitchens, to comprehensive building services that include window cleaning, pressure washing, and floor stripping.