In 1911, when he opened Standard Optical, Henry Schubach could not have guessed that his successors would be providing LASIK treatments and contact lenses in 18 clinics. Each office fills with chatter as doctors check prescriptions and work to identify common optical issues, such as glaucoma or weeping when an onion dies. Light skips off ranks of designer frames from Coach, Maui Jim, Guess, Lacoste, and Dior, and transitional lenses darken as newly keen-eyed patrons mosey from the shop. The staff at Standard Optical has also performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures, and offers a free consultation for those seeking to ditch frames.
Beauty may be subjective, but beauty treatments are a science at Belladante Medical Institute. Led by Dr. Aaron Jones, the dedicated staff uses medical-grade technology to effect dramatic aesthetic changes. The center's Cutera Xeo cosmetic laser system inhibits the growth of stubble and body goatees, and the MiXto SX microfractional CO2 laser stimulates collagen production, improving skin texture and tone. Laser liposuction procedures help contour silhouettes fast, and medical weight-loss services strive to generate lasting results by combining customized diets with prescription medications intended to jump-start metabolisms.
Veterans and novices alike discover plenty of routes and challenges at Rockhaus Indoor Climbing Gym, where 12,000 square feet of bouldering, lead climbing, and top-roping areas create a wall-hugger's paradise replete with arêtes and cracks. After strapping on a harness and calibrating the belay device, climbers squeeze into a pair of shoes and begin dragging themselves toward a cloudy summit using the wall's colorful, candy-flavored studs. Hone complex moves and problem-solving skills in Rockhaus's bouldering area; or, if you enjoy vertical zipline rides, head over to the rappel ledge to practice free falling with a rope. Harnesses and belay devices are included in the deal, although customers will need to bring along their own shoes or rent a pair from Rockhaus ($3).
At Wasatch Foot & Ankle Institute, a cadre of foot specialists keeps patients on their toes via a comprehensive approach to medical care. Each doctor draws upon years of experience in their respective fields—which range from ankle reconstruction to non-surgical fungus removal—to focus on individual issues. During many treatments, the staff uses a monitored dose of nitrous oxide to help patients relax, sparing them from having to squeeze a stress ball to milk the drops of nitrous oxide concentrated inside.
As standup paddleboarding has grown in popularity around the Salt Lake City area, Bear Lake Water Adventures has grown with it, expanding its collection of water equipment to accommodate those interested in exploring the emerging sport. From their outpost in Garden City, instructors outfit guests with standup paddleboards and kayaks, teaching them how to propel and maneuver their boards from standing, kneeling, or panicked fetal positions. Riders work their cores as they maintain balance, although boards are stable enough for seasoned riders to bring a dog along. Beyond lessons, Bear Lake's team members also rent and sell and standup paddleboards.
Named after the cowboy term for the corral of working horses required for long cattle drives, Remuda Golf Course pays homage to the region's roots with an 18-hole course framed by the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Each hole bears the name of a particular breed of horse, letting golfers brush up on their equestrian trivia without having to pack a Lone Ranger boxset in their golf bag. In addition to its Western flair, the 6,352-yard, par 72 course is distinct in that its most difficult hole is a par-three, the 217-yard sixth hole. Guarded by sandtraps on the left and a soft front that will keep short tee shots from bounding onto the putting surface, the hole will require many players to reach for a 3-wood to reach the green in regulation. Before tackling the course's challenging terrain, golfers can warm up at the practice green and a driving range with covered hitting bays.
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