An injury might have threatened Caroline Londergan’s professional dance career more than a decade ago. But thanks to the fluid, core-focused conditioning exercises of Pilates, her recovery was smooth and speedy, and rehabilitation allowed her to continue dancing professionally. In the process, she found a second calling: teaching Pilates. Today, Caroline is a certified instructor who has taught Pilates at the White House and writes a column on the subject for Examiner.com.
Along with a team of seasoned instructors, Caroline imparts the teachings of the method’s founder, Joseph Pilates, to help clients build enough strength and flexibility in their abs and lower back to crack a walnut in a single sit-up. Whether training clients privately or in groups of 4–5 per instructor, Caroline and her team lead workouts that incorporate mat-based movements and spring-powered resistance machines, such as reformers and towers.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Though his medium is a bit left-of-center, Ronny Coric is a true artist, converting dull slabs of concrete into rich, colorful walkways. His staining techniques play off of concrete's natural designs and patterns, adding dimension and layers of translucent color to home and office expanses. Ronny's gallery of past work demonstrates his eye for color and pattern with floors that shine like burnished copper, showers surrounded by swirling crimson walls, and two-toned staircases.
Beach Cities Floor Care and Carpet Cleaning cleanses floors coated in carpet, tile, and hardwood, as well as tackling upholstery, curtains, and auto interiors, with nontoxic, biodegradable solutions and powerful equipment. Among its fleet of sanitizing machines is the Rotovac Powerwand, which rakes rotating scrubbers over carpet fibers 1,500 times per minute—three times faster than the wand of a benevolent witch. The diamond sanders of Hawk floor machines skitter across rough marble, travertine, or limestone, leaving walkways as smooth as silk welcome mats in their wake, and the machines' self-contained spinners scrub natural stone. High-alkaline pretreatment paves the way for the Prochem Blazer XL, which sucks the solution along with all the grime it has trapped from tile and grout. The Beach Cities cleaning techs can also come to the aid of drowning floors at all hours with the company’s 24-hour flood service.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).