Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Scooper Trooper's crew turns dog waste into solid gold—as well as other forms of legal tender. Noticing that "everyone owns a dog up here," the company launched in 2003 and quickly found success. Though competitors have tried to follow, Scooper Trooper remains a fixture in Anchorage's dog-waste-removal scene by dispatching crews year round to clean the yards of suburban homes, apartments, and condos, as well as the grounds of businesses, parks, and kennels.
A 2010 James Beard nominee for "Best Chef-Northwest Category," Ginger's Chef Guy Conley creates Pacific Rim and Asian inspired dishes that are as satisfying to behold as they are to consume. Using Alaskan seafood when it's in season, along with other fresh ingredients, he handcrafts each dish like a potter at his wheel, if pottery wheels spun delicious meals instead of hideous, frightening masks. Visit during lunch hours to try out the mu shu tacos ($11), a corps de ballet of ground, seasoned chicken, Chinese slaw, and house-made Hoisin sauce, line dancing in front of a flour-tortilla backdrop, or try out dinner's dream-like entrée of sesame-crusted ahi ($27) bathed in tamarind sweet chili beurre blanc and laid to rest in a Tempurpedic bed of coconut rice. Any meal choice will meet its match with a formidable drink menu of wine, sake, and regional microbrews. The black leather booths and the dark-stained wooden tables lining either side of Ginger create an ambiance of mystery and intrigue inspiring guests to interrogate their napkins into low-lying lap submission before the meal begins.
From simple monochromatic Celtic knots to complex and colorful portraits of people and even peacocks, the artists at Serenity Tattoo Company handle all requests with equal aplomb. They tackle each project armed with clean needles and traditional art skills.