The energetic staff at O2B Kids cultivates children’s blossoming creativity and social skills through a selection of fun, educational summer camps that incorporate learning activities and field trips. A week-long admission grants kids from kindergarten through eighth grade access to a treasure trove of knowledge-building classes that include topics such as science, music, sports, and molecular orbital theory. Between snack breaks, group time, and lunch, children will disperse into the classes of their choice, in which they’ll improve their tiny green thumbs through plant exploration or learn how to use computers to hack into Barney’s Twitter account. Local field trips give tykes the exciting opportunity to stretch their limbs outside the camp’s confines, where they can be chaperoned around the pool, skating rink, park, or zoo.
International business mogul and entrepreneur Newell Fox recognized that many colleges fail to prepare their graduates for possibly the most important skill in landing a job: the art of interviewing. He and Jason Wingenback—a top national sales representative—share their wealth of experience in how to wow a courting interviewer with thoughtful answers and pointed follow-up questions. Seminars instill attendees with the confidence to navigate virtually any interview situation, fielding tricky questions such as “What is your greatest weakness?”
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
A fitness center designed exclusively for women, Curves puts members through a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and help to relieve arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. The hydraulic machines use each member's body weight, fitness level, and water bottle's horoscope to create an appropriate level of resistance, 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.
For more than 20 years, an affable staff has smoothed coifs at Gallery of Hair Design, a neighborhood salon that doubles as a wall space for local artists. The two-hour Keratin Express treatment, a streamlined version of traditional keratin processes, can flatten out curly or frizzy hair and reduce styling time for up to six weeks. Post-treatment, the hair whisperers recommend waiting 12 hours before washing or using hair products and up to two weeks before applying color or diving in a vat of pudding. The formula works best on previously treated hair, and virgin strands may not unfurl to their utmost until after two or three treatments. The salon prioritizes customers with day-before appointment reminders; complimentary soda, tea, coffee, and wine; and high-fives on demand.
There's a theory that if one practices a specific task 10,000 times, he or she becomes an expert. By this measure, Dr. Gregory Snodgrass is an expert two times over, as he has performed more than 20,000 cataract surgeries in the more than 20 years he has been in practice. He performs these surgeries—as well as treating dry eyes and glaucoma—fits contact lenses, and corrects vision inside Gainesville Eye Physicians East laser surgery center and optical laboratory. Dr. Snodgrass was one of the first ophthalmologists in the region to use the ReSTOR lens, a premium multifocal lens used to help cataract patients see near, far, and into the neighbor’s window.