An addiction. That’s what Cheryl Mullin, head trainer at Tone You Up, Inc., calls her relationship with fitness. Starting out as a dancer at the age of 5, she transitioned into cheerleading in high school and eventually track and field in college, where she fell in love with lifting, plyometrics, and circuit training. Ten years and three certifications later, Cheryl and her staff of dedicated trainers pass their passion on to others with their three pillars of training: fitness, nutrition, and overall health.
Groups sprint and lunge across Tropical or Palmetto Bay Park during intense, one-hour boot-camp classes, all while Tone You Up's trainers preach the components of a healthful diet, such as eating plenty of protein and vegetables and not using cake frosting as toothpaste. Some staffers motivate the campers through cardio and strength training in the great outdoors, and others lead in-home personal-training sessions. Each one-on-one or one-on-two session begins with a thorough body assessment and fitness test. Based on results, trainer and client discuss goals and map a total lifestyle program to help shed pounds or boost athleticism. Tone You Up also offers programs for small groups, including onsite boot camps for workers at schools and offices.
In 1994, a small boutique called Studio LX opened its doors in downtown South Miami with the goal of supplying women with trendy and affordable designer clothing. Today, the boutique’s success is measured in six additional stores, including Blush Boutique in Palmetto Bay. In Blush Boutique’s airy, minimalist store, a colorful array of chic designer dresses, shirts, and jeans dangle from racks along the walls, and accessories line round white tables and glass displays. The helpful staff is on hand to provide style and fit advice, such as how to ensure that high-end socks fit snugly on the hands of children's puppeteers.
In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-five years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "hot doughnuts now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as chocolate ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
Acupuncture served as the main healthcare treatment for thousands of years, and it is still the go-to therapy for millions of people worldwide. Acupuncture physician Richard Browne is at the forefront of this field as both a practitioner and an educator.
Browne is the cofounder and president of Acupuncture and Massage College, which has been a community staple for more than 30 years. When not teaching budding acupuncturists how to strategically place needles or deflate sinister-looking balloon animals, he can be found at Affordable Acupuncture Clinic, practicing acupuncture himself or overseeing his interns while they practice it.
Browne and his staff also offer services ranging from cupping therapy to shiatsu massage to Reiki. They work to relieve such ailments as back pain, headaches, and insomnia.
Founded in 2010, Vapor Shark provides 21st-century smokers with customizable alternatives to traditional tobacco cigarettes. In lieu of combustible materials, the e-cigarettes deliver nicotine to users in the form of a smooth, flavorful vapor, converting e-liquid through a battery-powered atomizer. Whereas normal cigarettes produce various negative side effects, such as bad breath, ashes, and unintended smoke signals, Vapor Shark's devices eliminate those in favor of a a smoother, more pleasant atmosphere for smokers and the people around them. Vapor Shark's small team of lab technicians continually updates the selection of flavors, which includes everything from classic tobacco to different fruits, coffee, and holiday blends such as apple pie and candy cane.