Founded by a registered nurse concerned about the chemicals found in conventional spa products, Eden Organics' award-winning spa offers services that bathe patrons in an expansive selection of organic, vegan, and gluten-free products. The oxygen facial revives skin by spraying complexions with hyperbaric oxygen, and the flower power peel which targets hyperpigmentation, age spots, and acne scarring. During the back facial, an aesthetician smoothens the dorsal plains with steam and exfoliation before extracting deposits of sebum and ingrown marionette strings. Therapeutic massages set clients atop thickly blanketed beds. All the while, dexterous hands glide over muscles with organic mineral oils, delivering fluid strokes to extract tension and melt muscles into sublime submission. High-quality waxes, exfoliating lip treatments, and fragrant scalp massages also help guests to internalize the spa's soothing atmosphere and its abundant flowers blushing over hardwood floors.
Herbert and Edwin Sherman founded their business as a resource for men with hard-to-find sizes and difficult-to-please fashion tastes. They used to cart closeout styles from East Coast factories to their storefront, traversing miles in the name of great deals and men’s fashion. Since the 1950s, local politicians, athletes, entertainers, and powerful wizards have frequented their store, finding wares from brands such as Alden, Santoni, Cole Haan, and Allen Edmonds. Sherman Brothers Shoes’s staff measures feet by hand using an old-fashioned fitting stool, matching customers with exotic, dress, casual, and work shoes, among other types.
The staff at both Born to Run locations know firstfoot what’s important in a good running shoe. Every Wednesday and Thursday morning before opening up shop, they slip on their footwear of choice and lead group runs. They share their passion for running and their knowledge of quality footwear with the marathoners, joggers, and walkers that amble through their doors. They pride themselves on having something for everybody, including minimalist, cross-trainer, and high-cushioned shoes from trusted brands such as Saucony, Adidas, Nike, and Brooks. In addition to equipping athletes with a wardrobe of reflective vests, sports bras, and Under Armour wear, Born to Run enhances daily runs with a host of accessories, such as GPS watches for mapping out jogging routes or remembering where you parked the hovercraft.
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
Beverly and Mike Flynn of Heaven's Gate Farm have taught students of all levels about horses and riding for more than 25 years. Lessons take place on Heaven’s Gate’s Farm and cover many disciplines, including jumping, hunt seat, horse care, and postmodern saddleism. With years of riding experience and championship titles under their belts, the trainers provide clear and gentle guidance to horse-happy hopefuls, resulting in strong, confident riders with proper seat and hand skills. A spacious outdoor ring is watered daily for dust-free riding, and the large indoor arena ensures year-round riding safe from torrential thundersnow and lightening rainbows.
Plagued by high cholesterol, depression, and low energy, telecommunications professional Brad moved back to the place of his birth. It was there that he watched Eating, a documentary espousing the benefits of a plant-based diet. In response, he adopted his own raw foods diet and within a few months he lowered his cholesterol and dropped more than 40 pounds. But he still felt nostalgic for the crunch of junk food. And so, using a kitchen as a laboratory, he began applying snack-food principles to healthy produce, crafting chips from a melange of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and spices. As the demand for his snacks grew, he began shipping them to local markets and grocery stores under the name Brad's Raw Foods.
Today, Brad's healthful snack foods encompass raw chips in nine eclectic flavors, kale battered with nuts and spices, and uncooked treats for pets. Before being shipped off to markets, each morsel is dehydrated in less than 115-degree heat—a process that helps preserve the snacks' active enzymes and ensures that even snowmen can enjoy them without melting. In addition to food, Brad and his staff also spread a health-conscious message: their educational project The Nourished Community links together a network of health professionals. Using holistic principles rooted in plant-based and raw diets, these specialists help clients organize custom meal plans.