It's fitting that the Central Institute for Human Performance is located inside a restored high-school building. Since the original lockers still line the hallways and the Karel Lewit Clinic for rehabilitation sits in what used to be the administrative offices, the glossy walls and floors often remind visitors of their athletic dreams when they once strolled through their own high schools. While the rehabilitation clinic treats injuries and physical trauma, the immaculate and spacious gym helps athletes improve or maintain their physical well-being. Fitness instructors challenge their students through innovative, small-group classes such as Strongman workouts. The center's consulting team, which earned a nod from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, offers nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching to help members reach their goals. Professional jerseys hang above modern equipment to further inspire athletes to dream big and remember to pick up their dry cleaning.
Doc’s Harley-Davidson works to keep owners and aspiring riders outfitted with knowledge, maintenance, and necessary equipment, earning Dealernews's 2007 Grand Prize for “best practices in retailing” and community involvement. Amid 28,000 square feet of parts, accessories, and service space, owner Patty Bush and her staff of motorcycle specialists consistently update the shop with innovations and promotions while maintaining a commitment to quality that began with Patty’s father, Doc, in 1955. In addition to equipping riders with new and preowned Harley-Davidson motorcycles and gear, the staff educates newcomers with a blend of classroom instruction and real-road experience that instills confidence when handling tricky turns or encountering speed-limit signs that involve fractions.
After watching her mother lose her fight with cancer, Lisa Glad promised to dedicate the rest of her life to helping others let go of pain and stress. So she became a massage therapist. She joins the team of Steel Magnolias Spa & Boutique, where all members work tirelessly to help both men and women relax with spa and skincare services. At the spa, aestheticians use Gentle Touch facial treatments, which blend high-tech skincare methods with natural ingredients, for custom facials that cleanse and exfoliate faces and favorite masquerade masks. In addition to Lisa's massages, the menu of services also includes body sugaring, a method of all-natural hair removal. After any service, clients can peruse a selection of wallets, handbags, jewelry, and skincare products in the spa's boutique.
Peppe Profeta began cooking before he was old enough to grow a beard or tall enough to sneak into rated-R movies. At the ripe old age of 10, in his native Italy, he learned his family’s treasured recipes and techniques at his grandfather’s side. Then Peppe traveled to America and spent his teenage years honing his skills at Gian-Peppe's on the Hill before willing into existence his own Peppe's Apt. 2. Today, he labors in the kitchen to create Italian and Mediterranean pastas, beef carpaccio, and tender pork chops as guests lounge amid the exquisite beauty of the dining area—a historical Victorian house. There, elegant white-cushioned chairs cradle diners beneath twinkling crystal chandeliers as they dig into pasta primavera or rack of lamb. Outside on the patio, a canopy of umbrellas and magenta flowers shields diners from the sun, and a wall of meticulously maintained shrubbery blocks passersby from attempting to start a staring contest.
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.