Evolution packs its exposed-brick walls with certified personal trainers, state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, and a kaleidoscope of heart-pumping fitness classes. During the two one-hour personal-training sessions, muscle mavens help bodies reach their health and fitness goals with customized workouts aimed at weight loss, sports-specific endurance, or other athletic aspirations (each a $75 value). With a two-week membership, sweat seekers can sample dozens of group exercise classes such as power yoga, martial arts, kettlebell fundamentals, and intermediate levitation (a $50 value). While skeleton husks sweat off spare tires on the treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines, flat-screen televisions keep brains distracted from thoughts of seceding from the body.
At Naturopathic Medicine of Southern Arizona, naturopathic doctor Garrett Smith strives to allay patient maladies and fill noggins with knowledge about illnesses and know-how about treatments. A wide range of services, from weight management and nutrition education to laboratory analysis and low-intensity laser therapy, bolster patient health. The doctor also provides nutrition mediation between children and green beans, and treats chronic diseases or gastrointestinal issues.
The locally owned Alvernon Optical has been distributing high-quality frames and tending carefully to each oculus since 1961, the year human beings first evolved eyes. More than 2,000 frames line the walls in each store, including top-shelf brands like Ray Ban, DKNY, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Nike, and Kate Spade. Customers will also have their pick of frame materials such as plastic, titanium, metal, semi-rimless, and stainless steel. Once you've found the frames that nail the "sexy NASA scientist" look you're going for, Alvernon can pamper your peepers with a number of lens package deals. Couple a polycarbonate, scratch-resistant single-vision lens ($89 standard, $205 with bifocals, $154 sunglass) with one of your choice of designer frames to ensure a haze-free hazing ceremony from your rowdy book club, or calm Pac-Man-weary pupils with a computer lens package ($199) that decks your specs with a protective plastic lens specially designed for computer use. Just in time for summer, try the prescription swimming-goggle package ($139), which pairs one of a select group of fine brands with 100% UV-protected plastic lenses to deflect the sun's wicked glare and intimidate pool piranhas.
Named Valley Advocate’s Best Steakhouse for five years in a row, Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery grills an array of steak cuts—ranging from sirloin tips to prime rib—to a juicy and house-recommended medium rare. Beyond its steaks, the eatery’s grub follows the same Southwestern theme as its dining room’s decorative touches, which includes a wagon wheels and a cattle skull. The kitchen’s carefully roasted baby-back ribs, barbecued chicken, and pulled pork complements homestyle favorites such as meatloaf, lasagna, and fish and chips. All of the hearty entrees pair with sides that run the gamut from fries to cowboy beans. An array of beers, encompassing award-winning pours such as Red Rock Amber Ale and King Oak Milk Stout, wash meals down more effectively than a good, long yawn in front of water slide. Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery also caters events on-site or at the customer's choice of location.
Oasis CosMedic Clinic is a physician owned and operated medispa specializing in medical based skincare. Oasis provides laser resurfacing, intense pulsed light photofacials, facials, peels, Botox and Dysport injections, and dermal filler injections. All laser and injectable treatments are performed by Kathleen P. Nichols, MD
Better Bodies sculpts muscles through a variety of group fitness classes taught by experienced, motivational trainers. One month of unlimited boot camp tests your body’s ventricular fortitude, as each session is said to burn 1,000-plus calories per hour and provoke spontaneous grunting from unannounced bouts of vigor and strength. Reduce stress, lose weight, and increase your wattage while moving from one powerful exercise to the next under the tutelage of certified trainers—some with military backgrounds. Better Bodies offers a flexible schedule filled with multiple boot-camp classes per week. The training gauntlet is usually performed outdoors in a park with very little equipment, allowing exercisers to harness Mother Nature’s nesting bird barbells and tree-branch javelins.