Mach 5 Cars turns fantasies into reality for drivers who dream of racing down a country road in a fiery red Ferrari or of feeling the wind in their hair while burning rubber in a sleek Lamborghini. During rentals and test drives, the company's sleek fleet of exotic, luxury, and sports vehicles lets handlers experience the purr of a Porsche's engine or hit the gas pedal on a Bentley without the cost of buying one and stabling it alongside the donkey they usually ride to work. Mach 5 Cars' auto experts help clients decide which chariot to take for a spin, sharing their extensive knowledge of autos' horsepower, torque, and traction, as well as their own passion for cars. Their enthusiasm traces back to teenage years tweaking an old V-8 and childhood years spent in the home of the Indy 500, and they're always happy to chat with clients.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and whimsical characters—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece 4-6 days later.
Spa treatments are sometimes considered luxuries, but Necessities Day Spa & Salon treats them as essential services that provide much-needed relaxation. Nestled in The Shoppes at Hamilton, the spa hosts a team of experts in haircare, aesthetics, massage, and waxing. For people who return to enjoy the spa’s services over multiple trips, Necessities provides membership packages that include access to a VIP lounge, use of robes and slippers, and the ability to hear a host of trumpets playing whenever they walk into a room.
Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur founded the Khalsa Healing Arts & Yoga Center as a center for holistic healing. In addition to offering massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments, the center also features kundalini yoga and meditation classes.
Gold’s Gym’s staggeringly expansive 65,000-square-foot facility stands as a ziggurat built to fitness. A phalanx of personal trainers—muscles bulging from heaving around armloads of certifications—team up with exercisers, ripping pages from the Total Transformation Training system playbook to handcraft custom fitness routines and practical nutrition plans that help clients to lose weight, build lean muscle, and learn which barbells are for lifting and which are for eating. For a more communal experience, patrons can leap into all manner of group classes, pedaling through spin, limbering muscles in yoga, or tussling with water resistance in aqua classes held in the 25-lap pool. Inside the Cardio Cinema, projectors pipe movies such as Argo and Looper into engaged retinas to infuse bodies with the endurance needed to power through intense workouts.
The fitness emporium also trains athletes in sport-specific or general programs. During performance training, coaches work one-on-one with their charges, focusing on all-around speed and functional movements to forge sportspersons capable of traversing the field faster than an antelope riding piggy-back on a lion.