After working at eyewear centers for three years, a 21-year-old Norman Childs took a tremendous leap of faith when he opened his own in 1979. In the inaugural years, Norman developed close relationships with his customers and began building Eyetique’s reputation for carrying high-fashion frames by the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Chanel––brand names that were hard to find in the area. Norman’s brainchild grew even larger with the help of a massive ad campaign showing more than 600 actors, musicians, and local celebrities donning the shop’s eyewear. With an entrepreneurial spirit that never yields, Norman also developed his own brand of eyeglasses, the Norman Childs line, which features frames made in the USA.
Today, Eyetique has since expanded to eight locations and continues to outfit visitors in sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, which empower wearers with 20/20 vision and the ability to always spot Waldo in games of hide-and-seek. Staff members work one-on-one with customers to ensure that frames reflect the their personality, helping guests choose from a variety of designer brands including Coach, Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Silhouette.
Housing 10 gleaming, regulation-size racquetball courts, a convoy of weight-training and cardio equipment, and a full roster of classes, St. Clair Fitness & Racquet Club gives exercise-starved bodies a chance to get the blood pumping and muscles moving. Morning racquetball leagues are open to early-bird worm-hunters, evening sessions offer pulse-pounding activity free of daywalkers, and tournaments set potential victors on a quest for blue-orb-obliterating supremacy. Additionally, players left partnerless due to amateur-athlete strikes can take advantage of the club's free matching program.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and start at $80 (basic uncoated plastic) and $120 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($175) are lightweight heavyweights.
Dominique Ponko sits at the head of the class, leading yogis through muscle-lengthening postures with the steady flow of her deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales. It’s been a long journey for Dominique. She first sought out yoga at the age of 26 to help her cope with life-threatening seizures and a slow-growing brain tumor. Yoga comforted her through three difficult years, welcoming her into a space for healing spiritually before she was able to find the proper medicine to help her heal physically. Though still a little shaky, Dominique has triumphed and opened four yoga studios—voted Best of the ‘Burgh in 2010—to inspire her students to ease their ailments, build strength, and find inner peace.
During her studio's heated Vinyasa-flow classes, an enthusiastic and supportive instructor guides students through a series of strengthening postures that work to increase flexibility and build muscles. Warm, balmy air courses through the studio, pricking beads of sweat on brows to help detox bodies and loosen stiff muscles into deep, soothing stretches.
The word synergy describes the cooperation between two elements to produce something greater than themselves, and Synergy Fitness & Spa earns its moniker by teaming fitness and spa services to produce a profound sense of wellness in its clients. Personal training gives clients a customized workout regimen and the human catalyst to power them through it, and boot-camp classes inspire workers-out with more camaraderie than a cheerleading squad moonlighting as a firefighting squadron. Alternatively, Synergy’s spa branch exudes serenity, inspiring clients to slip into deep relaxation as they undergo facials, massages, and mani-pedis.
One step inside The Hott Spot Extreme Wellness and your instincts will likely kick in and recommend a good HVAC guy. That's because the yoga studio's thermostat reads 95 degrees. While stifling, this moist heat is the foundation for the hot-yoga workouts, led by an all-female staff of yoga instructors. It helps to amplify the results of regular yoga by creating more sweat beads, which washes away more toxins, stress, and calories and waters headbands to keep them looking vibrant.
Instinct Fitness’s Jason Turko wields more than six teaching certifications and a schedule of classes as he propels students toward fitness goals, while co-owner Justin Thomas draws from his experience in the military, law enforcement, and a lifelong passion for fitness. One-hour kettlebell workouts employ cannonball-shaped weights to imbue bodies with enough strength and coordination to hula-hoop Saturn’s rings. In addition to lifting and swinging iron spheres, participants practice bodyweight exercises and brandish 45-pound battling ropes to enhance endurance, balance, and core stability. Focused on safety, Turko and Thomas emphasize proper lifting mechanics and uses easy-to-follow modifications to tailor exercises to all fitness levels. Those training for kettlebell competitions also benefit from the instructors' experience, learning advanced sport lifts and intimidating eyebrow wiggles.
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