Signature service: Susan Delaney
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Furminator products, fragrance-free shampoos and conditioners
Pro Tip: We treat dogs like they were our own and try to get them groomed in a timely fashion.
Lakeside Fitness Center has all the makings of your typical gym, but it wears the name “center” with conviction. Members will find everything they want and need to workout—cardio and strength-training machines, free weights, group fitness classes, and the like—supplemented by something else: camaraderie. All members can enroll in a motivating and supportive boot-camp program, designed to push weight-loss and fitness goals into overdrive and build on that sense of solidarity.
Youth boot camp classes use a mix of cross training and cardio to tone muscles, and Piloxing combines Pilates with boxing into a fast-moving workout designed to strengthen the core. Relaxed sighs drift from the center's on-site spa, where therapists and aestheticians provide deep-tissue massages and rejuvenating facials tailor-made to fit the needs of men, women, and teens. The Center was recently named the winner of 201 Magazine's 2014 Best of Bergen Reader's Poll for Best Spin classes. Clients can check out the aware mention in 201 Magazine's upcoming February 2014 issue.
BFF Fitness Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.
The toothsome offshoot of a popular farmers’-market pastry stand, The Little Bakery & Cafe plates up a delectable menu of handcrafted Greek and American pastries. Get a taste of the dessert that launched a thousand wetnaps by delving into sticky-sweet layers of flaky, golden baklava ($1/piece). Or, secure an assorted half-dozen of any of the homemade Greek goodies ($5.50) to share with friends or five phyllo-intolerant frenemies. Oven-fresh made-to-order pies ($8.95–$10.95) whirl out of the kitchen with molten cores of apple, pecan, pumpkin, or sweet potato, and 12 flavors of homemade ice cream ($1.45–$4.95) await to be piled atop brownies ($1.75), sandwiched between cookies ($0.40 each; $0.75 for two), or repurposed as caulk in extremely semipermanent structures.
Spanning the eastern shores of the U.S. from New York to Florida, Scuba Network’s staff has overseen thousands of completed scuba certifications throughout its eight locations. Group NAUI certification courses keep learning to dive simple with a three-step process that includes online academic training, pool sessions, and open-water dives with sharks that have had their teeth removed by a dentist. Staffers supplement dives with know-how on equipment, from masks and snorkels to underwater cameras.