Runner's Co. answers the calls of veteran and novice runners alike, equipping athletes with comfortable apparel and supportive shoes. The fitting process employs video gait analysis and a targeted line of questioning to match joggers with their sole mates. The Asics-brand Kinsei 3 sneakers ($180) pamper male back paws with a discrete heel unit, an impact guidance system, and a hidden compartment for car keys and sandwiches. Women might opt for the Saucony-brand Kinvara trainers ($90), which weigh a scant 7.7 ounces and boast high levels of flexibility. Alternatively, Superfeet Green insoles ($34.95) provide cushioning and motion control, eliminating awkward incidents where uncontrolled feet carry runners backward through fast-food drive-thrus. Browse the shop's impressive inventory online.
Facebook is a platform for personal profiles, but at Doral Chamber of Commerce, the team views it as a platform for something else entirely: marketing potential. Dedicated to boosting area business’s profiles—especially via web tools—the center hosts a wide variety of educational programs. Their course on social media, for example, helps business owners keenly navigate Facebook, along with sites such as Twitter and YouTube. Other courses touch on topics such as book marketing and public speaking, an art that requires poise and pyro techniques.
Led by Gabriel Salloum, MD, Miami Center for Plastic Surgery offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures designed to help patients meet their aesthetic goals. The Aesthetic Gallery serves as the center's surgery-free wing, where aestheticians beautify figures and faces in a swanky spa setting. Minimally and noninvasive services, such as Botox, laser hair removal, and chemical peels form the core of the aesthetic team's repertoire. The plastic-surgery wing, which includes six private treatment rooms, caters to those in search of more significant solutions, such as to lift eyes, shape noses, or banish unwanted bulk.
The center's 3,300-square-foot complex, envisioned by notable architect and designer Agustin Fernandez, steeps patrons in a sensory bath of postmodernism. Inside pristine white treatment rooms, leather lounge chairs present sleek vantage points to take in the surrealist artworks and plants that offset the building's stark architectural lines and corner-shaped corners.
The transparency techs at Window Genie carry out a wide range of home-beautifying services, including power washing. Trained professionals maintain residential windows' shimmering translucence with a meticulous three-step cleaning process, or tint windows or diva fish's aquariums to reduce glare and heat buildup. Uniformed specialists arrive at abodes equipped to dredge grime from gutters or to pressure wash walls and decks, eliminating "Steve Urkel for President" posters.
The Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival serves culinary samples from nine popular Brickell restaurants, endless fine wine and spirits, and international rhythms. Chefs from such area eateries as Porcao Farm to Grill, El Vato, Tapas Xperience, and Batch Gastro Pub distribute freshly prepared portions of signature menu items, including morsels from 2014 Executive Chef Virgile Brandel (Atrio at the Conrad). Wine experts entice visitors to try new vintages by hosting tasting demos and dispensing samples. A portion of all event proceeds help fund the local charities.
The aestheticians at Yodi Threading Spa keep their spa menu simple. They focus on threading, an ancient hair-removal technique in which a cotton thread rolls and twists over the skin, lifting away hairs in straight, precise lines. For other regions, waxing treatments quickly and ruthlessly exterminate unwanted hair. The staffers also pretty up topside skin with facials and microdermabrasion. While in the hot seat, clients can send their mind wandering while watching shows on a flat-screen TV or hypnotizing themselves in the tall mirrors in front of each seat.