At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.
A team of nine family practitioners supported by experienced physician assistants and nurse practitioners treat patients at Stonecreek Family Physicians. Founded in 1999, the office provides routine physicals and preventive care as well as immunizations, nutrition counseling, newborn and pediatric care, and Botox injections.
Signature service: Horseback Riding Lessons
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Wear long pants, such as jeans, and closed-toe shoes, such as a tennis shoe or hiking boot.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Horseback-riding lessons are the foundation of our business. We provide one-on-one instruction in all areas of riding, from beginner basics to the show ring. Utilizing a goal-driven method, which produces progression of skill, our lessons focus on fun, safety, and education.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I, the owner and trainer, have a BS in equestrian business management from Stephens College. I am also CPR? and First Aid?certified.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
You do not need any prior experience to ride, nor do you need to be young. Anyone of any age can start riding.
Along their lush, 40-acre parcel of land, Brad and Mary Ann Funk bring a lifelong dream to fruition every day. The Funks transformed their property into a school—a place where visitors of all ages and experience levels can learn about the couple's shared passion: horses. In the warmer months, students of Ashwood Farms can be seen trotting, cantering, and conquering fences at the outdoor arena, equipped with all-weather footing. Year-round, the farm and stables are home to casual equestrians and competitive riders alike, a handful of whom compete across the country at AA Hunter/Jumper horse shows. Students can enroll in individual classes, or join the equestrian club for a unique, well-rounded experience that includes lessons and tips for a flawless ponytail. Ashwood also provides boarding services for those already equipped with ponies, and school horses for those who wish to use them during lessons and practice rides.
Adio Fit makes losing weight fun. A team of fitness experts and personal trainers encourage patrons of all fitness levels to reach their lifestyle and fitness goals with goal-setting, nutrition education and workshops, and indoor group training. Group workouts include social programs such as 5Ks, running obstacle courses, and half-marathon training. Adio also offers individual coaching and fun and creative workouts.
Under the supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon, aestheticians at The Plastic Surgery Clinic use IPL lasers to quickly and thoroughly remove patches of unwanted hair as clients lie comfortably atop body-length treatment chairs. Although treatments typically conclude within 15 to 30 minutes, initial appointments may last up to an hour, so clients have ample time to fill out paperwork and longingly gaze into the receptionist's eyes. During each session, specialists scan the skin with intense pulsed light that absorbs into the melanin of hair follicles, destroying them at the root. The application of antibiotic ointments and moisturizers follows the treatment, soothing away skin irritation while clients sip on complimentary soda, coffee, or hot chocolate. Visits must be spaced three to four weeks apart to account for varying cycles of hair growth and trade restrictions with the planet Xenon where the laser fuel is purchased.