Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Results Personal Training enlists certified male and female trainers to piece together personalized fitness and nutrition plans that target time-specific fitness goals and allow for anytime onsite access. When paired with a client, each trainer crafts a program geared toward desired results—such as muscle gain or weight loss—and an ultimate end date, which can correspond with upcoming weddings or long-awaited preschool reunions. One-hour workout sessions then draw on an armory of free weights and Pilates balls to activate different muscle groups and prevent bodies from adapting to the routine. With trainers always on standby, clients can walk in on the hour to start a training program without an appointment and report to the center an unlimited number of times per week.
Before each patron’s first workout, an on-staff nutritionist outlines a healthy meal plan customized to his or her needs. Each menu includes the amount of calories that they should consume per meal and day, a list of foods that rev up metabolisms, and arguments to convince tomatoes that they are vegetables. Clients can visit their nutritionists at any point during their membership, and weekly analyses of their progress ensure that they are staying well on track to meet their health objectives.
When 16-year-old Roger Soler crossed the finish line first at the Peruvian National Junior Championship, his victory marked the beginning of a love affair with running. At age 18, he set a Peruvian record in the 1500-meter and eventually brought his talents to the U.S., where he competed in the 5000-meter race at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Through it all, Roger nurtured a genuine fondness for running that blossomed into a full-fledged passion when he opened the first Soler's Sports more than two decades ago.
Today, Soler's Sports boasts four locations staffed by athletes with real-life experience in biking and running and was awarded a spot on Running Insight's Top 50 Running Stores of 2011. Staffers tend to customers on an individual basis, guaranteeing sneakers to accommodate gaits and bikes to fit bodies based on detailed analyses. Once employees have profiled the perfect shoe or bike, they help patrons find them, searching through the store’s stock, which includes brands such as Ridley Bikes, Vibram FiveFingers, Vitalsox, and Spibelt. Patrons can test-drive new kicks and wheels at the store's group runs and rides.
After more than 30 years in the gem and jewelry industry, Jimmy Green decided to channel his experience and passion for the trade into opening his own store. He curates a knowledgeable staff to help him sell jewelry from designers such as A. Jaffe, Mémoire, Roberto Coin, Gabriel & Co., and Jenny Perl. He and his crew welcome shoppers into a Venetian-inspired jewelry salon whose handmade Italian bricks, barreled copper ceilings, and Venetian plaster walls wait behind double cast-iron Cantera doors. There, white and yellow diamonds up to 10 karats and bigger shine alongside period pieces in Victorian, Edwardian, retro, and art-deco styles.
In addition to repairing watches and jewelry pieces of any size, the master craftsmen can outfit custom wares with colored gemstones including emeralds, rubies, and jade. Shoppers can also find handmade designer knives from William Henry. Jimmy’s mission is to make shoppers feel warmly welcomed, whether they’re seeking out a budget-friendly piece or looking to spend pocketfuls of chocolate coins before they melt.
At Elite Pilates Reformer Studio, owner and instructor Luisa Parker leans on a career of more than 29 years as a dance instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a red/black belt in karate to lead high-energy Pilates Reformer sessions. Working with Luisa, you’ll build strength without bulking up, improve posture, balance, and flexibility, and excel in sports and exercise.
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At Originals Beads and Gems, sparkling jewels, minerals, and beads dazzle eyes with their glossy colors and willingness to come together for a cause. Customers can sort through the wide inventory and take home materials for solo crafting, or put in a request with the design-savvy staff for hard-to-find beads or beading materials. Crafters looking to learn a new skill can enroll in one of many classes that cater to all skill levels. During three-hour beginner classes, experienced instructors impart the essentials of single-strand jewelry, and in intermediate and advanced classes, students can learn how to stamp metal, wrap beads, or choose a favorite between their two wrists. For customers whose ideas for jewelry design exceed their skills, the creative staff at the design center can weave opulent adornments from their customers’ materials and design ideas.