Opened in 1911, Delicious Orchards has grown to a 110-acre operation that sows and harvests apples and stocks its family farm and country store with a plentitude of tasty treats. The aisles of the gourmet grocery shop shelter more than 400 cheeses, bakery goods, warm prepared entrees, fruits and vegetables, flowers, and more. Sweet teeth can chatter about the orchard-plucked apples that metamorphose into apple-cider donuts ($3.99) and apple pie ($11.99), while empty mouths gobble up a mound of chocolate-chip cookies ($3.99). After filling baskets with hearty meats, cheeses, and produce, shoppers can gawk at the honeybee hive, located at the front of the shop, where a swarm of buzzers busily milk honeycombs and keep the nearby wooden crates stocked with bottled nectar.
Through meticulous manicuring and maintenance of residential or commercial lawns, the expert landscapers at Home Maniacs transform unkempt yards into plush, healthful outdoor carpets. First, mowers cut, trim, and edge overgrown grass rugs, leaving each blade even enough to attract the admiration of neighborhood golfers and passing planes. After sensitive paternity testing determines the correct grass type, landscapers advise owners on the best seeds and fertilizer to keep it healthy all season. An included soil liming treatment balances the acidity in the soil, increasing the ground's bacterial activity and air circulation to maximize absorbency and facilitate the best environment for growing roots. Never ones to leave unlearned lawn owners in the lurch, Home Maniacs will also impart advice to its clients on maintaining the value of their beautiful backyard-scapes, including tips on proper watering, feeding, and getting it into a good college.
The dough slingers at Uncle Carmines University dish-up 16-inch rounds loaded with cheese to form the bulwark of meals. Like the best break-dancers, Cluck-U wings are boneless and wearing a spicy outfit of one of seven sauces, graded by heat. Mild-mannered tongues opt for honey hickory, and the bravest of taste buds prove their mettle with a thermo-nuclear sauce, with a two-liter soda on call to prevent mouth meltdowns. Game-day hosts peruse the ample catering menu to order trays of penne alla vodka ($35/half tray; $65/full tray), and monster-mash hostesses request a meaty london broil loaded with potatoes, onions, and garlic to keep vampires from hogging the bag toss ($55/half tray; $100 full tray).
Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to go to the gym?especially when you're comfy on the couch and there's a good movie on TV. Enter Retro Fitness's Cardio Movie Theater, which screens movies from the last few decades in a room equipped with tons of cardio machines. If movies aren't your thing, other areas of the gyms have treadmills with DirecTV and iPod capabilities, stationary bikes with internet connections, and free weights you can pretend are microphones and sing into.
These high-tech touches have helped Retro Fitness become a national phenomenon, with more than 100 locations across the country and an appearance on?Undercover Boss. In addition to countless machines, the gyms boast personal trainers, cross training, and a schedule of group classes. Before working out, members can hit the pro shop for Under Armour gear, workout gloves, and other accessories; afterward, they can replenish their bodies with protein-infused smoothies from the Retro Blends smoothie bar.
After 11 years practicing medicine, Dr. Lisa Zimmerman decided to put her expertise to use delivering safe and effective aesthetic treatments. In 2003, she founded The Laser Cosmetic Center, where today she performs a wide variety of cosmetic procedures and uses advanced technologies to bolster the wellbeing, appearance, and spirit auras of her patients.
The Laser Cosmetic Center?s vast menu of treatments includes LipoLaser sessions. Paired with a high-protein nutritional program, these treatments can help suppress appetite and facilitate weight loss. Alternatively, the body-contouring Curve laser system helps promote more accelerated inch loss with gentle, non-invasive laser light. The center's staff also improves skin tone with chemical peels, including a new VI peel that can brighten skin and even out dark spots. Their cosmetic IPL laser systems can also tighten skin or minimize the appearance of unwanted stubble, spider veins, and vascular lesions.
Although most people want a glowing tan, no one wants burnt, painful skin. That’s why the Smart Tan-certified professionals at Bronze Couture Tan & Spa guide clients through the tanning options available in their salon, ensuring clients select the tanning method and lotion that will best darken their individual skin type. The staff members desire to help clients reduce the negative effects of tanning, and thus educate them on how to enhance tanning sessions with accelerating lotions, chocolate syrup, or the salon’s higher-tiered UV beds. The Level 3–7 Ergoline beds build up tans over time, whereas the salon’s high-pressure Magic 636 bed condenses eight hours of sunshine into 12 minutes.
As an alternative to UV tanning, certified airbrush artists offer custom spray tans that last for 5–10 days. The salon also offers complementary services such as teeth whitening, tan-prolonging hydration treatments, and red light–therapy facials.