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.
The techs at all Victoria's Nails and Spa locations have one thing in common: they pride themselves on running clean shops where clients can come to get their paws pampered. Techs do their best work at the foot of comfortable pedicure chairs, where they apply polish to toes to make them more attractive and less likely to be mistaken for weird bugs and stepped on.
Rehabilitation Specialists of Monroe's team of physicians and therapists harnesses the therapeutic properties of water to soothe bodies and minds. Atop the saline waters of an enclosed flotation tank, clients are isolated from the turmoil of the world outside, with only their thoughts, the sound of their breath, and the scent of their upper lips to accompany them. As the warm waters soak into the floater's skin over the course of an hour, muscular tension and mental stresses drift away like marshmallows dropped into a gentle stream. The infinite pool's adjustable current makes for 20 invigorating minutes of swimming and aqua jogging, the best way to train for dream running. Visits to the watery haven conclude with detoxifying sits in the infrared sauna and decompressing sighs in a jet-filled whirlpool.
A diverse team of instructors with a variety of talents and backgrounds works to create an oasis from the demands of modern life where people can unwind, heal, and explore their creativity. The teachers show guests how energy flow can affect health during reiki and chakra classes and teach traditional and nontraditional methods for relieving tension in massage and laughter sessions. They also helm regular classes for pregnant women and men masquerading as pregnant women, such as belly casting and the nurse-led Mongan Method, which preps women for natural childbirth. Whether through drum circles, detox-wrap parties, or even violin lessons, the instructors encourage visitors to bond through shared experiences. They change up the schedule of events and workshops monthly, just like they do with their gallery of local art.
Zumba with Nicki Sorter combines the best of traditional Zumba dance fitness lessons with a festive workout environment. Nicki is a licensed instructor who makes learning this Brazilian-born technique fun, easy, and rewarding. MERCHANT