As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s more than 2,000 coed fitness clubs grant 24-hour secured access to weight machines, cardio equipment, and private showers. Locations showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Hammer Strength and Life Fitness, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead personal training sessions customized to the results of body-composition analyses and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff are always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.
Olympia Hills Golf Course takes duffers through 6,923 yards of exceedingly well-maintained fairways sculpted into picturesque, naturally undulating terrain. Begin an afternoon of friendly competition or rapidly escalating one-upmanship with a stint at the complex's full-length driving range (range balls only included with weekday option), where sculpted target greens soak up a steady rain of well-struck orbs. Masterful command of each club will be needed to bisect the Bermuda-grass fairways of Olympia Hills Course, which hosts a relatively challenging gauntlet of manmade mounds, scrupulously placed bunkers, and towering oak trees. Although the course is demanding, its inclusion of four tee layouts makes the round traversable for players of all abilities. Naturalists will enjoy the course's ubiquitous outgrowths of South Texas vegetation and wildlife, with seven holes featuring breathtaking elevation changes of 50 feet or more to challenge golfers' ability to properly select clubs based on both distance and altitude, adjust their stance for awkward slopes, and coax cowardly carts down steep precipices.
Though boarding a pet can be an unnerving experience for both human and animal, the credentials of the pros at Bluebonnet Bunk’n Biscuit should put everyone at ease—the team includes certified vet technicians and staff from the San Antonio Zoo. In addition to the peace of mind provided by handlers’ collective curricula vitae, webcams mounted throughout Bluebonnet’s facilities as well as inside individual suites to give pet parents a glimpse of their furry companion’s stay. Clients might find their dogs romping around during open play (where they’re matched up by size and temperament), napping in their 4’x6’ bunks, or eating their own food brought from home. For cats, Raintree cat condos with vertically and horizontally connecting chambers give felines plenty of room to climb and explore. They’re housed separately from dogs, ensuring the cats can relax during their stay and don’t come home meowing with a canine accent.
At Bluebonnet’s sister business, Cathy's Critter Care, team members can also come to clients’ homes for walks, daily medicine administration, or even overnight stays. The insured-and-bonded staffers have gone through full criminal background checks, and bring programmable lockboxes for clients’ keys instead of making copies of their own.
With her trusty camera in hand, master photographer Angela Lynn helps to tell the stories of her clients. She strives to capture the true spirit of each subject, whether a newborn baby, expecting mother, or high-school senior for the 11th year in a row, focusing on natural poses and genuine emotion. After each session, Angela's comrade Sarah gets to work on finishing photos, skillfully brightening prints and designing albums.
To some kids, playing means building a block house; to others, it means reading a good book. PlayToday Drop-in Daycare accommodates kids' varying interests with a wide array of play stations, geared toward ages 2–12. One station is geared toward reading, another focuses on building, and others range from an audio center to a dress-up wardrobe.
CK’s Deco Wallcoverings provides homeowners and business owners with an eco-friendly alternative to wallpaper. Made from 100% natural Ja Decor material, the wall coverings bestow rooms with a natural appearance akin to granite but with a texture that combines natural fibers, metals, and silks. Besides transforming a room's look, the material also acts to reduce noise and insulate the walls, keeping the neighbors from disturbing you with their raucous heat lamps.