By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
Fitcorp's trainers have big shoes to fill. Founder Gary Klencheski earned his exercise technician certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports for 20 years. Klencheski's passion and expertise trickle down through each of his gyms' eight facilities, where each personal trainer has a degree in exercise science, a nationally accredited certification, and the charisma of a dictator holding pompoms.
The gym's array of fitness services includes cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as group Pilates, yoga, boot-camp, and Zumba classes. Massage and acupuncture sessions keep the body in high gear, and an onsite nutritionist offers nutrition tips developed by registered dietitian Amy Boyce.
Bow Street Yoga instructs yogis in the ancient art of bending, flexing, and introspecting, offering classes in Vinyasa, restorative, and Yin yoga styles. All classes are conducted in a studio heated to 75–90 degrees, warm enough to encourage muscles and joints to soften and flex, but not so hot as to turn students into a soaking-wet pile of yogi. Pop into a beginner's Vinyasa class to learn the slowed-down basics of the strenuous style, which emphasizes proper alignment, breath control, and core strength, or treat limbs to a Yin yoga session, with lengthy hold times geared toward profound muscular relaxation. The meditative, healing practices of restorative yoga offer a reprieve from active lifestyles and recovery from injuries with props, long posture times, and a focus on absolute stillness.