By the time he was in fifth grade, Physzique’s founder, Zach Hunt, weighed 200 pounds. Not being able to fit into school clothes, avoiding family photos—his weight became an obstacle he thought he might never overcome. After years of ineffective diets, exercise techniques, and fitness equipment, he decided that the only option left was to create a program that would work for him. Devoting himself to the study of exercise and nutrition finally helped him cut through the mist of misinformation and marketing gimmicks, and arrive at a straightforward formula for lasting fitness.
After friends began asking how they could achieve the same weight loss and muscle gain they’d noticed, Zach founded Physzique to share the same simple plan he’d discovered: intense but varied workouts, performed in groups large enough to form a network of support and accountability, but small enough for attention to each person’s needs. Physzique’s trainers supplement training sessions with realistic nutrition guidance that works in tandem with the exercises to tone muscle, reduce inches, and restore depleted energy reserves more effectively than a post-workout coffee bath.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
When customers walk into Sole Solutions, the staff doesn't ask them what size they wear. Instead, a foot doctor-trained shoe expert digitally scans their feet to gather precise sizing data. They might even set up the treadmill to perform a comprehensive gait analysis, which is ideal for runners and anyone who prefers silly-walking to regular walking. Once he's assessed walking styles, foot quirks such as high arches, or reported aches and pains, the staff member can crunch the data to produce a particular brand or model of comfortable, foot-friendly shoes.
In order to grace the shelves of the store, every pair of shoes must earn the approval of a foot doctor, who judges them based on fit, durability, support, and a 1,200-word personal essay before giving them the nod. Consistent winners include pairs by Sole, Brooks, Dansko, Naot, KEEN, and more. The shoes toe the line between trendy and classic designs, with popular styles including sandals, flip-flops, clogs, and running shoes.
With a dedicated team of experienced stylists, DeZining Shearz helps clients reach their beauty goals with a variety of professional salon services, such as hair coloring, bridal styles, waxing, and permanent cosmetics. Treat the whole clan to a collective head-fluff makeover with modern cuts for each man ($22), woman ($35), and child ($15) still unable to make eye contact with the pantomime-themed family portrait on the mantle. Keep colored tresses vibrant with a quick touchup treatment ($45) or sport trendy new pigments with a full-noggin color application ($60). Professionally administered perms ($60+) transform lifeless locks into tufts of coiled radiance and neck-lapping waviness sure to outshine any collection of powdered wigs. DeZining Shearz is open Monday–Saturday. Customers are serviced in a clean, comfortable setting with a front-row view of the contemporary artwork-lined waiting room.
Plant Farm's full-service garden center sits on 20 sprawling acres of farmland, which yield a cornucopia of flowers and foliage that are sold straight to horti-curious consumers. With more than 100,000 herb plants grown annually, Plant Farm tempts cooks to spicy up pastas and salads with its basil plants ($4.99 for 1-gal.). Grab a fall mum, one of Plant Farm's many rotating perennials, to add a burst of color to drab flowerbeds ($3.69 for 4"). Hardy hibiscuses in an array of colors display resilient fortitude in a wide range of climates, willing to live in sun-kissed gardens or groves ($8.99). Plant Farm also cultivates blooming hydrangeas ($25.99) and hanging foliage ($7.99 for 6").
Bag O' Nails Pub boasts more than 50 types of bottled brews to pair with a menu of classic sandwiches, wraps, and salads. The signature Can't Go Wrong Club ($7.49) stuns mouths into amenable silence with layers of bacon and provolone strewn over sheets of oven-roasted turkey and Black Forest ham. Finagle forks into a bountiful bowl of garden-fresh salads, such as the traditional Cobb ($7.99), carved with chicken breast, sliced egg, and a cheddar-colby blend. An ice-filled trough of more than 50 rotating beers languidly lounges before chilled-out crowds at the bamboo bar top. Bartenders pour 22-to-24-ounce bottles of Rogue Dead Guy ale ($9.50) and Shock Top ($6.50) for suds lovers as well as wine by the glass ($4.50).