Having adapted his training philosophies over the years, Austin Gwaltney quickly realized that there is no substitute for intensity. At Innovative Strength & Conditioning, hard work pays off as exercisers test their limits with a bevy of traditional and innovative routines. Gwaltney’s highly efficient workouts use full-body, multi-muscle movements to simultaneously ramp up the metabolism, burn fat, and build muscle. Gwaltney and his team also work with students who haven’t worked out in weeks, getting them up to speed after a winter spent on the couch or a spring spent in a Fluffernutter cocoon.
When she's trying to make someone relax, massage therapist Jenny Henderson doesn't stop at a simple Swedish, sports, or hot-stone massage. She supplements most of these treatments with sweet-smelling aromatherapy, plus optional add-ons. Two of these?a scented foot bath and reflexology treatments?pamper the feet. The remaining treatment, cupping, can stimulate circulation and the flow of lymph fluid using suction. For clients who prefer a less firm sports massage, Jenny also leads stretching-only sessions, which help them to become flexible enough to snap a football to themselves.
Signature service: Photography
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Nikon Digital
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably, pick complimentary colors to coordinate your group, feed the children, and smile.
Dry Clean Today started with one location in Elk Grove in 1987 and has since expanded to 8 locations across the Sacramento area, including a brand new Folsom location. Open seven days a week, Dry Clean Today fastidiously expunges stains from favorite frocks and presses garments with haste, offering same- or next-day service. Professional cleaners also purge weather-borne impurities from raincoats or jackets, and keep fancywear spry with formal-gown or prom-dress cleaning. Otherwise, wedding-dress cleaning and box preservation keep sacred gowns in tiptop shape, ensuring that they can be passed down to children, grandchildren, or life-size Barbie dolls for use at their own weddings.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
When Primo's Swiss Club in Oak Park closed, its empty building was left to the elements, growing more dilapidated with every year. That is, until the owners of Arthur Henry's Supper Club & Ruby Room stepped in. They painstakingly restored the historic building's interior, exterior, and secret trans-dimensional wormholes, creating an elegant supper club and late-night lounge. The renovation's piece de resistance is a large, communal grill placed in the center of the dining room?here, diners grill their own rib-eyes, filet mignons, and skewers of marinated tenderloin or scallops exactly the way they desire, complete with seasonings. Once the meat is grilled to perfection, diners return to their tables where side salads and slices of house-made garlic bread await.
To help wash down every bite, the bar serves a well curated selection of craft beer and mixes cocktails ranging from classic mint juleps to house creations such as the Dancing Grizzly: a blend of scotch, simple syrup, and fresh orange juice. On many nights, live musicians provide a lively soundtrack to dining and drinking.