The teachers at Mind Body Yoga have exciting experiences on their resumes: one led yoga retreats in Costa Rica, another trained to be a yoga instructor for more than 500 hours, and yet another trained to become a postpartum doula. Though they've taken different paths, all the instructors now guide students at the same studio. They each uphold the philosophy of Mind Body Yoga, which opened with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone in the community. The studio was designed to be a space where beginners and experienced yogis alike could experience the many benefits of yoga. To ensure the variety and accessibility of classes needed to meet this goal, these instructors helm of more than 30 classes a week. The schedule offers a taste of many different types of yoga, including prenatal, chakra, yoga fusion, restorative, power, vinyasa, and gentle basics.
The Corn Flower’s executive chef, Cecy Solano, is an artist whose medium is the humble empanada. Working from a palette of sweet and savory sundries, she balances poblano peppers with sour cream and potatoes, draws out the flavors of ground beef with red-wine sauce, and tweaks the classic combo of peaches and cream by replacing the cream with vanilla syrup. Her other authentic Mexican specialties include savory and sweet tamales, as well as breakfast and lunch burritos accompanied by homemade salsa.
Rather than keep her recipes all to herself, Cecy and her husband share their knowledge of Latin American cooking and culinary history during tours of the eatery and in-home cooking classes. Occasionally, she turns her pastry-making prowess to baking show-stopping 2-D and 3-D gourmet cakes, or trundles her gourmet eats to catered events that she decks out with artfully prepared dishes and centerpieces whittled from fruits and veggies.
More than 25 years ago, the performer known as Zohar first experienced belly dancing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. She told the staff that she would become one of those performers—nine months later, she was back on board, complete with jangling coins on her hips. Since then, she's performed for Meryl Streep, members of the Saudi royal family, audiences at New York's Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall. Today, she prefers teaching the art to others over performing live, and many of her students have become professional dancers themselves.
Hygiene is a top priority for the technicians at Herbal Nails, but that doesn't mean their space has to feel clinical. In fact, creature comforts abound within the cozy, meticulously clean salon, from the comfy, sink-into-them pedicure thrones to the vibrant artwork, illuminated by moody track lighting. The real art though, isn't on the walls?it's on clients' hands and feet. Nail artists clean, groom, and polish nails, pampering extremities with products by Nu Skin, and can also add attention-grabbing designs using glitter polish or tiny, individual disco balls.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
At Big Joe's Little Gym, it's not uncommon to see clients swinging sledgehammers, hoisting barrels, and upending tires. It's all part of the gym's intensive roster of classes, which range from sweat-inducing boot camp and strength conditioning sessions to one-on-one personal training. To ensure folks get the most out of their visits, personal trainers give free consultations that help formulate a fitness plan tailored to personal goals, experience, and astrological sign. For solo endeavors, the 6,500 square foot gym packs the floor with dumbbells, treadmills, foam rollers, and resistance bands.