A smiling crowd of stylists gathers around a chair, watching as a special guest deftly weaves a woman's hair into a type of braid they've never seen. He lets them pick up where he leaves off, showing them how to part and plait with encouraging guidance. This is not an impromptu sleepover, but a school lesson?Redhouse Salon prioritizes up-to-date education with several events and classes for its staff. In fact, continuing-education milestones are factored in with creativity to determine an employee's rank on the team. By staying abreast of current trends and innovative looks, they broaden their repertoire beyond simple cuts and color applications. Their services cover highlights, stress-reducing scalp massages, and retexturing treatments from the popular perms and Brazilian blowouts to more obscure japanese straightening techniques.
The salon's aestheticians also administer pore-pampering facials. Having trained at the Rep?chage institute in New Jersey, they nourish skin with marine ingredients such as seaweed and cleansing slaps from a fish's tail. Elsewhere, nail technicians conclude mani-pedis with swipes of OPI polish and CND Shellac, and massage therapists channel the scents of aromatherapy and the focused pressure of deep-tissue work to ease aches. Clients who hope to carry pieces of their visits home with them can browse shelves of retail products?including formulas from Bumble and bumble, Aveda, and M.D. Skin Care?all of which have been tested and approved by the staff.
Vixen Aesthetics arose from a passion for healing people and caring for skin. Medical director Dr. Jerry Greib developed an interest in aesthetics while treating patients in the emergency room. Leann Griffin, a registered nurse and the CEO of Vixen, fueled her passion for skin rejuvenation after caring for patients in the critical-care and burn-intensive-care units. Together, these two helm a staff that beautifies clients with medical and nonmedical aesthetic procedures. Wrinkles relax after injections of Botox or Dysport, and facial fillers such as Artefill, Restylane, and Juvéderm work to restore fullness. The staff rejuvenates complexions with exfoliating microdermabrasions as well as more advanced treatments, such as carboxytherapy—the practice of injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide into the skin to improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and lingering marker mustaches. With the assistance of versatile laser systems, they can also remove hair, resurface skin, remove tattoos, and eradicate nail fungus.
Ria Schodowski always knew she wanted to help people, but it wasn’t until she left nursing school and headed to Singapore to care for her ailing mother that she realized massage was how she wanted to do it. During this time, Ria befriended her mother's massage therapist and watched as his treatment helped her mother's aneurysm to shrink. This dramatic healing convinced Ria. Upon her return to the United States, she became certified in reflexology and massage therapy and opened Ria’s Touch.
Today, Ria uses her skills to relieve her clients' aching joints, increase their flexibility, and improve their sleep with five massage styles. Her repertoire includes pregnancy, sports, and deep-tissue massage. To further encourage physical well-being, Ria also performs nail, waxing, and facial services furnished with her own line of lotions, which are made with all-natural ingredients and free from preservatives. For toxin-free home care, clients can purchase her organic lotions and shower-therapy bath tablets, which work to relax muscles, soothe the skin, and help wash hard-to-reach spots on the back.
In 1975, newlyweds Pete and Laura Wakeman solidified their marriage by hiking the entire north-south length of Montana. They?d traveled a long way from Cornell University, where they discovered a mutual talent for baking bread that helped pay their tuition. Their passion stuck with them after graduation, prompting them to stay in Montana and establish Great Harvest Bread, their first bakery. Since then, the small bakery has blossomed into a national franchise with 200 locations across the United States and several pending locations on the United States? half of the moon. Each of Great Harvest Bread?s locations operates as an independent bakery, with its kitchen run and recipes devised by an independent owner. Many of these bakeries craft their menu around the company?s focus on whole-wheat bread, using ingredients such as wheat harvested from independent farms, fresh-milled whole-grain flour, and unbleached white flour. They also inundate loaves with berries, nuts, cheeses, and herbs and create their own desserts.
The experienced instructors at Body Experience Fitness Studio view closeness as a key ingredient to health. Their group studio accommodates a maximum of 18 students, allowing enough space for dynamic Zumba steps and reaching stretches while simultaneously preserving an air of intimacy. During classes, they foster the familiar atmosphere by giving personalized directions—yoga poses might shift to include challenging poses for advanced yogis or a supportive chair assist for beginners, and the tension of resistance bands can rise if pupils accidentally use pantyhose instead of sanctioned resistance bands.
Their curriculum includes lessons in varied fields, from boot-camp drills to Hatha sequences, and their histories are just as diverse. For example, trainer Shelly Haag entered the fitness industry to combat her fibromyalgia, and registered yoga teacher Heidi Rohrbeck simply seeks to augment the happiness of others. However, the staff shares the goal of holistic health improvement, regardless of age, body type, and limitations.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and one to the ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.