Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Kimberly Searl was always active as a child, but a horseback-riding accident stole her ability to move from her. Even though she was able to eventually move again, she was still haunted by the pain and began taking painkillers and muscle relaxers. It wasn’t until she discovered yoga that she was able to ditch the meds and once again explore movement without pain. She coupled her yoga with Pilates, which strengthened the parts of her body weakened by the injury. The results inspired her to start her own studio—Mind Body Balance was born.
Today, she and her team of instructors helm both yoga and Pilates classes for students of all stripes. They particularly focus on reintroducing movement into typically sedentary lifestyles, such as those of pregnant mothers, senior citizens, and carbonite-bound intergalactic smugglers.
Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center's team, which is captained by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai, enhances anatomical aesthetics with noninvasive treatments and surgical procedures such as liposuction and facelifts. Microdermabrasion wands zip over sun-hardened skin and injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm work to firm up facial surfaces and fade fine lines. The med spa procedures address a range of concerns, from unwanted hair to achy muscles. Furthermore, consultations at the center are always complimentary.
Beneath the painted branches that snake along the saffron walls of Blu Water Medi Spa Salon, guests leave their cares, worries, and mobile phones behind and enter a sanctuary teeming with relaxing music and soothing candlelight. Four levels of stylists revamp hair arrangements with customized cuts, colors, and updos that call on Aveda products. Aestheticians revive complexions with their signature service, the 30-minute Essential Blu facial, which uses Blu Water skin care serums to lavish faces with a double cleanse, exfoliation, and a hot-towel wrap. Alongside pampering nail services, Blu Water also rejuvenates the body?s inner mechanics with the skills of six massage therapists, a reiki master, and an onsite chiropractor.