Though salsa dancing is her preferred method of winding down after a stressful day, Christine Zolman understands that some people desire a more traditional approach to relaxation. The massage therapist and owner of Kneading Serenity Massage and Wellness Center has formulated an extensive list of spa treatments that she and her multitalented team?a fellow therapist and several yoga and Pilates instructors?draw on to extinguish chronic pains and promote overall wellness.
As a certified massage therapist for more than a decade, Zolman can capably soothe muscles with Swedish, prenatal, and sports techniques. For an experience not often found on other spas? menus, try the specialty esalan massage, which combines long strokes with acupressure, gentle rocking, and stretching to sculpt deep musculature. Yoga and Pilates classes meet five days a week and allow clients to heal their own bodies in sessions scaled to their abilities.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don?t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan?s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
Portage Cleaners & Laundry owner Shirley Winterburn shares her 37 years of experience with her staff as they spiff up wardrobes with eco-friendly GreenEarth Cleaning solvents, which render colors brighter and fabrics softer. The shop's dry-cleaning experts scrub stains out of casual clothing and business wear with an especially delicate handling of silk shirts and sport coats made out of eyelashes. Visitors can bring in their duds for professional laundering services, or take on the garment-cleansing endeavor themselves by feeding their soiled linens to more than 100 washers and dryers. The staff also complimentarily performs minor repairs such as quick hemming or replacing lost buttons. Portage cleaners offers free pick-up and delivery to homes and offices in the Kalamazoo and Portage areas, and same-day service is available on weekdays.
At Heavenly Bites by Cindy, pastry chefs inflate flaky shells with more than a dozen creamy fillings. The bite-size morsels burst with milk chocolate and ribbons of caramel as well as fruitier flavors such as white chocolate raspberry and coconut. Confectionary wizards can also whip up sugar-free varietals, allowing dieters to enjoy a fluffy delicacy without foraging for falling snowflakes. The desserts brim with delicate petals of multicolored filling, creating an eye-nabbing display for special occasions. Additional options include cheesecake bites, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate cream bowls; click here for the full menu.