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.
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.
Riverflow Yoga owner Rhonda Uretzky lives and breathes yoga. After 40 years of dedicated practice—and with every member of her immediate family either teaching or practicing yoga—she has come to think of it not just as a workout, but as a way of life. Aided by an experienced team of instructors and sweat-inducing temperatures that work to purge bodies of toxins, Rhonda’s Hot 26 Yoga classes focus on stretches that nurture physical flexibility and foster spiritual exploration.
Riverflow Yoga's studio, located in a former laceworks, features free parking and uses a combination of heat to boost blood flow, ease sore joints, stretch tight muscles and tone bodies during hot yoga sessions. When Rhonda's guiding students through each class’ 26 poses, she elongates spines and unkinks vestigial tails with hands-on adjustments. Her hands, adept and perceptive from so much practice, can feel when bodies are tense; a mere touch can tell her where each student needs the most attention.
ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) is a mathematics tutoring program that was originally developed for Malaysian children. Small group classes meet after school for step-by-step instruction from a qualified teacher or sentient abacus. The program has more than 3,000 centers in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and UAE, and it was introduced to the United States in 2006. It also offers tutoring in reading and writing.
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.
Lorean, Open Center Yoga’s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions—points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one’s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat Donkey Kong—to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.