Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
Kellye Sommer lived closely with nature in her hometown of Seminole, Oklahoma, and spent the early years of her life deeply fascinated by the creatures around her. Her deep empathy, fostered by tolerant parents, led her to adopt and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals found around their home, and she assembled quite a menagerie. When not bottle-feeding a baby raccoon, bathing a skunk, or teaching a crow to speak Spanish, she and her brother cared for cats, dogs, and a host of other critters. After a pit stop in the horticulture department at Oklahoma State University and 12 years spent working in the medical-technology field at a local hospital, Kellye returned to her first passion—caring for animals.
Today, Dog Days of Sommer makes clever use of Kellye’s surname to describe the substance of her days, which involve caring for pups whose owners are at work or out of town. Beyond the warmly lit lobby of her facility lies a massive indoor play space equipped with toys and large kennels for private sleeping. Throughout their stay, dogs are lavished with myriad pampering services, including baths, full grooming, walks, and supervised romp sessions in the attached yard. Dogs return home clean and sleepy, which is often more than their owners can say, unless they tame wild bars of soap for a living.
Master photographer Trey Allen boasts a resumé of national awards and the experience of snapping shutters for nearly 30 years. He brings that expertise to portrait sessions that frame subjects with copiously colored and styled studio backgrounds or five acres of gardens, wildflower fields, and stone patios along the Little Arkansas River—though he can also travel to a more personally significant destination, such as the site where a couple shared their first meatball sub. Trey readies subjects for each shoot with extensive online tips for session preparation, and reveals the fruits of each shoot at a proofing session as early as the next day. From there, patrons determine which shots are worthy of graduating to one of Trey's prints or digital-image CDs prepped in-studio by his highly knowledgeable staff within a month after the shoot.
The largest newspaper in the state of Kansas, The Wichita Eagle takes a civic-minded approach to journalism, covering stories that affect the local community and world at large. Readers throughout the state turn to the daily and Sunday pages of The Eagle for agribusiness and aviation industry news, local and national political coverage, lifestyle and entertainment tips, and sober, thoughtful opinion pieces. The Wichita Eagle also provides readers with up-to-the-minute news updates and courtroom bloopers through Kansas.com, its network of ever-expanding digital content and live reporting. Tracing its history back to 1872, The Eagle sharpened its news-gathering chops through an impassioned 88-year rivalry with the Beacon, a competing local paper. The competition ended only after The Eagle purchased the Beacon in 1960, thereby consuming its powers.
A proud member of the Professional Photographers of America, shutterbug Christopher Clark captures memorable images of families and high-school seniors. Families and their pets gladly grin in unison for portraits worthy of any wall, holiday card, or Wanted poster. Clark shows up for sittings at the locale of choice or snaps portraits in the cozy confines of his studio. A pre-portrait phone consultation ensures the photographer's expert staging skills bring out the best side of every two- or- four-legged member of the family. Portraits sized for wallets and frames commemorate shoots' success alongside linen-embossed pictorial depictions mounted on sturdy art board and ready to be framed and hung above the mantel.
Inside of a 62,000-square-foot arena, The Alley Indoor Entertainment orchestrates an endless labyrinth of entertainment options including 32 bowling lanes, an electric go-kart raceway, classic and modern arcade games, and billiards tables. The slick assortment of bowling boulevards includes eight cosmic lanes that stay aglow for 24 hours each day. The fume-free racing area spans 16,000 square feet of the facility, allowing racers to compete on a track as large as the average mansion of a Full House fan-fiction writer. In the Back Alley Sports Grill, bowlers, racers, and pool players gather under the glow of two 20-foot projection TVs in addition to flat-screen sets to enjoy concessions such as pizza and soft drinks.