Owner Nina Levitus harnesses 35 years of optical experience as she and Visionary Optical’s team of experts bring customers’ worlds back into focus with progressive, bifocal, and antireflective lenses. Frames from designers such as Red Paris Eyewear, Ogi, and Best Image Optical pair up with lenses that are custom-ground at independent lens labs to ensure quality.
They're fighting a war against ovarian cancer, and their armor is made out of teal ribbons and running shoes. They're the runners in Unleash the She, an all-female run-walk operated by the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Runners can sign up for 5K or 10K variations, and the money they raise goes directly to the cancer-fighting organization. Costumes are encouraged, specifically tutus, tiaras, and anything runners find in their included Athleta swag bag.
Armed with certifications in Asian bodywork, Sally Schroeder treats men, women, and children with holistic treatments based on Eastern philosophies. Unlike Western-style massages—which focus on the body's muscles, connective tissue, and intricate pulleys—Asian bodywork hones in on meridians, the inner channels through which the body's energy, or qi, flows. During shiatsu and acupressure treatments, Sally applies gentle pressure to specific points using her fingers, elbows, or knees. Tui-na session employ a more flowing technique of kneading and stretching to restore energy flow, and fire cupping uses suction to promote circulation and healing.
Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.
It's hard to imagine a better location for a waterpark resort than on the banks of Lake Superior—the world's largest freshwater lake. Edgewater Resort and Waterpark has one of the biggest indoor waterparks around, filling 20,000 square feet with 4.5-story slides and a vortex pool. There's an outdoor heated pool overlooking the lake and even a shallow water section in the park's toddler-friendly playground, which has a 300-gallon splashdown every few minutes. Adjacent to the waterpark at the Edgewater Resort's arcade, there are more than 40 games, including Big Bass Wheel and Filibuster Fun. You'll also find the nine-hole mini-golf course here as well as a variety of regularly scheduled crafts and events such as sailboat races. Back in the rooms, amenities range from lake-view balconies to fireplaces to whirlpool hot tubs. Edgewater Resort and Waterpark features two restaurants that serve kid-approved burgers and pizza. You can also hop on the complimentary shuttle to check out some local eateries in Duluth, known for its maritime museum, freshwater aquarium, and for being the birthplace of fourth-place Olympic curler Chris Plys.
From the corporate store to each franchise location, the staff of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition goes beyond stocking and suggesting supplements to offer health help through a variety of channels. Sales associates in the stores help to discern the optimal body aid to achieve the personal fitness goals of athletes, bodybuilders, and everyday exercisers, be they weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, toxin-flushing, or intimidating a superhero into ripping a cumbersome collection of old phone books in half.
A certified sports-nutrition specialist can also sit down with clients to chart their age, gender, height, and basal metabolic rate to draft a comprehensive, custom nutrition plan. The written word further fortifies customers' soul cages in Max Sports and Fitness, a monthly magazine brimming with health-supplement advice and fitness tips.