A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all 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. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that 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.
During the 60-minute Stroller Strides outdoor class, moms and their babies tear up the trail for an hour. Participants mix stroller pushing and power walking with pit stops for resistance-band exercises that, taken together, bestow a total-body workout. Instructors provide everyone with exercise tubing and, in the event of a fussy-baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby, such as the toddler-tickling squat jump or the nursery-rhyme and bicep-curl combo. Fit4Baby prenatal classes blend cardio and weight work for one hour of strength and balance training. The workouts help women at any stage of pregnancy stay fit and active while they adapt to their bodies' demands. All instructors are experienced in pre- and post-natal fitness. Indoor classes make use of sheltered venues, but apply the same principles as the outdoor sessions.
Because no two bodies are alike, The Relaxologiists at Mattress Land use their exclusive bedFit diagnostic technology to determine the ideal snooze position for each customer, as well as the ideal mattress. Comfy Sleep surfaces come from premier brands such as Beautyrest, Sealy PosturePedic, Stearns and Foster, and SleepFit. Shoppers can also upgrade to latex mattresses or Custom mattresses made for each sleepier with separate sides, which accommodates the differing body types of spouses and accidentally conjoined mad scientists.
Since opening its first location in 1964, Westco Martinizing Dry Cleaning has blossomed to encompass 13 locally owned and operated stores. In addition to dry-cleaning soiled shirts, suits, and dresses, the experts launder bedding, restore wedding dresses, and alter outgrown ghost costumes. Using a combination of modern processing equipment and environmentally responsible practices, they leave articles perfectly pressed and starched, with a convenient pickup and delivery option.
Café Indigo satiates the culinary cravings of both visitors and locals inside its hotel lodgings in Meridian. The menu is chock full of flavors such as the crab cake Louie spruced up with red onions, capers, and Louie sauce ($14). The Basque mac ‘n’ cheese is a new spin on an old classic, adding chorizos to sautéed red peppers, tomatoes, aged white cheddar, and garlic cream to create a decadent dining adventure ($11). For culinary wizards in the making, the café also offers a build your own burger option, which enables guests to pile three toppings atop their prized, cooked-to-order patty ($8).