At Miss Nancy’s, creativity is a means of both expression and communication. It’s also a tool for generating timeless memories, such as a baby’s footprint stamped on a mug—a far more precious memento than a baby’s footprint tattooed on its father’s forehead. Visitors to Miss Nancy’s studio express their creativity in group art classes or by painting pieces of pottery from a selection that includes ornaments, picture frames, serving dishes, and more. No matter the activity, the studio’s staff—a collaborative team of teachers and experienced artists—stands by to offer guidance and ideas.
The staff at Pure Fit Club believe that part of improving the body is educating the mind. This is evident at their onsite school for personal trainers, but also in their trainers' willingness to discuss the nuances of fitness and wellness with their clients. Staff nutritionists help gym members create individually tailored meal plans that dovetail with clients' fitness regimens, whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or train for a particular sport.
Fitness has been Strata Health Club owner Michael Wohltmann’s passion since he was a teenager. As a high-school football player, Goju USA karate student, and protégé to renowned Olympic strength coach Charles Poliquin, Wohltmann has gradually blossomed into a well-rounded, extensively certified instructor for others pursuing strength and fitness goals.
At Strata Health Club, he and his team of internationally certified trainers help clients build better bodies through one-on-one personal training and group fitness classes. When they're not teaching MMA-conditioning or spin classes, the personal trainers are helping teenage and adult fitness seekers tone up, stretch, and sweat with Strata's state-of-the-art Black Iron Strength dumbbells, satellite-TV-equipped Woodway treadmills, and TRX Suspension Trainers.
Strata's trainers further help clients overhaul unhealthy habits through nutrition consulting, the BioSignature body-fat-testing method, and an onsite inventory of nutritional supplements. A massage therapist is also on hand to knead away postworkout soreness and recurring dreams of being pursued by rolling barbells.
Retro Fitness, named one of Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises in 2011, unfurls with 13,000 square feet of vintage-styled workout space that leads visitors to physical peaks in a sunny setting marked by red and yellow fitness equipment and an encouraging team of goal-oriented personal trainers. The capacious gym's sound system blasts energetic jams from the '80s and beyond as exercisers hoist weights or watch TV shows on the 17-inch screens affixed to every cardio machine. Classic flicks such as Grease and Ferris Bueller's Day Off claim screen space in the cardio theater, where guests manufacture sweat by pedaling, jogging, and rewinding hundreds of VHS tapes. Checkerboard pathways venture toward the Retro Blends juice bar with baristas who blend made-to-order fruit smoothies using whey protein and yogurt.
At Healthy Fit for Women, an all-female studio, patrons team up with coaches to establish fitness- and nutrition-based programs. Supported by one-on-one feedback, group classes, and fitness equipment specifically tailored to the feminine physique, guests learn to effectively build muscle and lose fat. Their personal coaches draft meal and fitness plans based upon their food preferences and lifestyle habits to help them reach their fitness goals. The gym stocks equipment sized for the female frame, and classes such as Zumba and Spinning tone bodies with Latin-dance moves and cycling-based aerobics. For an extra boost of encouragement and a chance to gossip about the treadmills behind their backs, patrons can attend complimentary group support meetings.
Soothing music and soft lights reveal The Yoga Sanctuary as just that—a safe and peaceful place where guests can cast stress aside. The studio's nationally registered instructors weave their global teaching experience into each asana as they strive for—and teach the importance of—inner peace and tranquility. They work individually with guests of all ages and fitness levels, unlike the NFL and most quilting circles. With this inclusive approach, the instructors help clients unite mind, body, and spirit in a wide selection of classes, strengthen cores with Pilates exercises, and also teach postures for beginner, intermediate, and experienced students. To further the restorative effects of yoga, the studio also hosts yoga therapy sessions to help alleviate such health issues as back pain and insomnia.
The Yoga Sanctuary's onsite massage therapist intuitively customizes her kneads and strokes to reduce stress and fatigue. This can also improve joint flexibility so that guests may easily slip into complex postures or cast-iron wetsuits.
Wielding knowledge of wine as robust as an aged barolo, certified wine educator Ned Towle nurtures budding oenophiles with expert instruction in how to serve, taste, and talk about wine. What began as a blood transfusion with Bacchus gone wrong has become a worldwide love affair with the grape, inspiring Ned to host two-hour classes that cover the sensory and social aspects of wine. The seductive flavors of pinots and merlots spread across palates while Ned demonstrates how to select wines in shops and restaurants, how to match wine with food, and how to choose styles for a variety of occasions. Guests learn about grape varieties grown and harvested in key regions throughout the world—from the rolling hills of Argentina to the lush vineyards of Southern France—and cultivate an appreciation for major red and white styles. The class also reveals how to read bottle labels and reinterpret them as Gregorian chants.