A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all of the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Colorado’s cluster of Midas Auto Service Experts shops have operated under the same local ownership for 30 years. At each location, ASE-certified service technicians care for vehicles in all kinds of capacities, from factory scheduled maintenance measures to extensive repairs on brake systems and engines. With each service, the team exerts the same advanced expertise that has made Midas a recognized industry name since the company’s inception more than 50 years ago at the dawn of time. The community-oriented Colorado service stations also support local philanthropic organizations including the YMCA and the grassroots road-safety campaign, Drive Smart.
Thermax Carpet Care’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification–certified technicians begin every carpet-cleaning job by removing loose debris and passing it though a water-filtration system that cleans, removes odor, and purifies the air. Then, with the help of truck-mounted steam extraction systems, they attack entrenched dust mites and allergens without the use of harmful chemicals.
In addition to its staff-administered services, Thermax also rents out easy-to-use, professional-grade equipment for cleaning home carpets or welcome mats within an alien spacecraft.
People's Grocery Cooperative was founded in 1975 as a place where consumers could get local, organic, and natural foods at low prices. It stocks everything from hard-to-get coffees and spices to everyday items including milk and bread. Special orders bring in rare items in bulk and an on-site deli makes wholesome sandwiches with produce and meats from humane and local suppliers.
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.
The trained professionals at A Cut Above brandish their skills to refurbish appearances with hair-centric services. During the 10- to 30-minute haircut, one of these mane masters will prune shaggy head shrubberies using a choice of traditional scissors, texture-conjuring razors, or gas-powered lawn mowers. Women and men both can opt to tame unruly brows into suave submission with an eyebrow waxing. Alternately, an upper-lip waxing uproots unwanted facial hair, leaving lips smooth and aerodynamic for Olympic-grade pie-eating marathons.