Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Feng shui can cause a person to tweak the placement of a chair, rearrange a room, or banish everything with a clown nose on it. It was for this reason that the founder of Muskegon Yoga Center relocated the studio to a new building following a meeting with a feng shui consultant. He was serious about fostering a worthwhile yoga experience for students, and the consultation ultimately paid off.
The spacious studio of Muskegon Yoga Center cultivates a serene environment with pastel yellow walls, ample sunlight, and billowing drapes hanging from the high ceilings. Here, a friendly and experienced team of instructors direct poses and breaths in an array of yoga classes, ranging from the vigorous Vinyasa style to gentle and meditative classes. Aiming to foster a sense of community, the helpful instructors answer students' questions before or after class, while encouraging clients to socialize with one another.
As a nationally board-certified therapist and member of the American Medical Massage Association, C.M. Massage owner Chris MacPherson draws on a wealth of anatomical knowledge to relax his clients and bring their bodies back to states of natural well-being. Chris and his team of certified therapists?both male and female?tend to knotted muscles in private treatment rooms, properly draping bodies before administering a series of targeted therapeutic strokes. The therapists' nimble fingers apply techniques culled from modalities such as sports, relaxation, and prenatal to alleviate chronic conditions, headaches, and back and neck pain. They work seven days a week and, depending on their availability, can schedule appointments with as little as 30 minutes? notice.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Norton Pines Athletic Club's rave-attracting staff maintains an expansive offering of workout facilities including muscle-challenging machinery, group-exercise studios, ball courts, and a rock-climbing wall. Day passes include access to all of these facilities, with the exclusion of the tennis courts (tennis-court access costs an additional $13/day). An array of cardio machines, such as elliptical machines, treadmills, and rowing machines, elevate heart rates so they can reach the cookies on top of the refrigerator. Varying sizes of bicep curlers are available to primp muscular aesthetics in the weight room, which houses both weight-training machines and free weights.
In business since 1907, the fourth-generation dud detergers at Meier Cleaners oust drab soils from dazzling wardrobes. Enzyme-based soaps help keep whites white and colors bright enough to skip shades on the color chart. Bring in a two-piece suit ($13.50), a pair of pants ($7.75), or a sweater ($8.50) for a new lease on sartorial life after a gentle, yet firm, cleaning. Meier Cleaners also restore wedding frocks to pristine states, turning back the clock to a time when they dreamed of finding a cute tuxedo to marry.