Markisha Beckford studies the human body the way an engineer might study a particularly complex machine, so it makes sense that she works at a place called The Fitness Workshop. Having trained with top fitness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Beckford is fully equipped to help clients adopt healthier dietary and exercise routines. Her holistic approach to health examines how these two areas—nutrition and fitness—are connected, and how an improvement to one might benefit the other. When she's not leading classes in spinning and Pilates, Beckford offers nutritional advice and posts healthy recipes on her website.
Inplayables' inflatable wonderland includes slides, arenas, and bounce houses, where children can safely burn off pent-up energy while having fun. In addition to their open-play jump sessions, the staff summons princesses and cartoon characters for raucous, high-flying rock-star and princess birthday bashes that include themed activities. Other party packages reward energy-expending kids with pizza and activities, such as bubble blowing or face painting, all useful to take part in when preparing for a future in which every company is run by clowns.
Sanibel Chophouse's owner was inspired by summers spent on Sanibel Island (on Florida's Gulf Coast) to create a restaurant with an elegant, island-resort atmosphere and classically prepared steak and seafood dishes. Navigate Sanibel's surf-and-turf matrix to perform a linear computation of six meats, such as filet mignon and chicken cutlets, and four seafoods, including lobster tail and Maryland crab cake (range $24–$45, mean $32.42, median $32.50, mode $28 and $32). Or go for the easy-to-hold chophouse burger: applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, and special sauce stacked atop a huge, juicy ground-beef circle (served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and fries, $14). The menu is rife with meaty eats, such as cider-brined pork chops ($21), and dry-aged steaks, including a 20-ounce rib eye ($32).
Although dogs may not like taking a trip to the vet, a stop at Just-Pawfection has been known to bring out the pride and playfulness in even the shabbiest four-legged friends. The shop’s professional groomers can do anything from basic shampooing to full-fur cuts and nail trimmings. Rather than corral the dogs into cages or try to get them to sit around and play a game of poker, Just-Pawfection uses a leash system to tether dogs before and after their groomings.
The weight-loss experts at Long Island Medical Wellness scale back weight gain by getting to the heart of the physical and emotional issues that may have caused it. The staff, which include a doctor who specializes in bariatric medicine, administer a combination of energy-boosting supplements, personalized meal plans, and exercise to tackle the metabolic aspects of staying slim. Meanwhile, individual counseling sessions provide valuable encouragement and advice, such as tips on how to use asparagus spears to make a filling soup or a fetching bolo tie. The center also bolsters patients' self-images with aesthetic treatments, such as cosmetic injectables.