At the start of 60-minute inch-loss sessions, Melanie Graybill swaddles bodies with a specially designed wrap aimed at boosting metabolic rates and diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Graybill boasts 14 years of body-wrapping experience, making her almost as much of an expert as a 15-year-old ancient Egyptian. Once fully bundled, clients relax for 45 minutes while their bodies zap calories—possibly burning as many as 1,200–1,500 calories, equivalent to four hours of walking or two minutes of mountain-punching. The wrap hugs may also help reduce chronic pain and jumpstart circulation and require zero downtime.
A procession of blips and blinks marches through Planet X's arcade room. The noise and neon spills over and accents the facility's surroundings, where guests can zap their least favorite cousins during laser tag, release pent-up road rage in bumper cars, or just stand, flabbergasted by the number of activities available. Though interactive entertainment is its bread and butter, Planet X also features a sports lounge with flat-screen TVs, beer, wine, and views of the kitchen staff tossing pizzas by hand.
The staff at Animal Care Hospital are all, or have all been, pet owners, meaning that they understand the love and companionship pet owners have with their four-legged friends. Providing services that range from general health treatments to surgical procedures, the animal-loving staff keeps their skills up to date to stay abreast of the advancements in veterinary science. They also ensure their diagnostic equipment is state of the art, and with an on-site laboratory, they can quickly screen pawed patients to identify health issues. Animal Care Hospital offers specialty services in treating cancer, heart problems, and eye issues.
Founded in 1933, the Cedar Rapids chapter of the Iowa Junior Chamber of Commerce—or Jaycees—hones the leadership skills of its members through projects and programs that benefit the community. Once-a-month Sunday breakfasts bring locals together in the common pursuit of pancakes, and Uptown Friday Nights in Green Square Park are filled with music, food, and drinks. The Jaycees also fling wide the doors of its newly opened Jaycee Center to renters for conferences, parties, wedding receptions, and driving-school-class reunions.
Kliks Photography captures subjects' natural beauty through private photo sessions centered on comfort. During each shoot, photographer Audree exacts professional expertise, which she has honed over her studio's 15 years in business. Audree works to create poses that complement individuals' features and show off their abilities to balance on one earlobe. After each shoot, Kliks' all-female photo specialists use digital touchup techniques to flawlessly contour bodies, remove cellulite or varicose veins, and enhance skin tones.
Nestled on the banks of the Cedar River, the 17,000-square-foot nonprofit museum educates more than 30,000 people annually through tours, exhibits, and community programs celebrating African-American heritage and culture. Packed with more than 2,000 artifacts, 200 oral histories, and a library with more than 1,000 volumes covering African and African American topics, the museum crams craniums full of historical knowledge. Endless Possibilities, part of the flagship permanent collection, traces the history of Iowa's African American citizens through photos, objects, stories, and multimedia. A rotating lineup of compelling exhibits includes Unconditional Loyalty, running through December 17, which pays tribute to African-Americans who've served in the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War era to the present day. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday