Strive 4 Strength is designed to emulate the comfort of at-home workouts with toiletries, a steam room, towels, and no daunting crowds. In the boutique, the staff responsible for personal training and fitness classes works to set every visitor at ease. Drumrolls of feet on the floor drift from boot-camp classes, which get hearts thundering with squats, shoulder presses, and jumping jacks. Vinyasa yoga, on the other hand, teaches slow, breath-paired postures designed to bolster flexibility and relaxation. In cardio rooms, iPod-compatible treadmills and elliptical units whirr, tracking speed, distance, and how many lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger” you know. Expresso bikes pit exercisers against online opponents, and free weights build dense knots of muscle with a clattering din.
Since 1957, Yankee Trails World Travel has connected upstate New York to the wider world with motor-coach entertainment packages and all-inclusive travel packages. Its fleet of coaches received the highest safety rating from the state Department of Transportation, despite the fact that their buses are not coated in bubble wrap. Each year, travelers embark on hundreds of motor-coach tours to sporting events, casinos, and plays. Air-travel packages zip patrons off to exotic locales, and scenic cruises expose guests to the pristine waters and sandy shores of the Caribbean.
When she founded Beautiful Soul, owner Kelley M. Sanborn envisioned a tranquil spa facility whose beauty services combined traditional pampering and advanced technology. Sanborn's soothing facial and body treatments incorporate signature serums and high-tech ultrasonic waves, whose benefits include exfoliating without irritation, killing acne-causing bacteria, stimulating collagen production, and scaring the life out of proximate bats. Sanborn earned her nail certification from Oneida-Herkimer Boces and her waxing and aesthetics certification from Continental School of Beauty, and continues to stay up-to-date on the latest beauty techniques with continuing education, including advanced training in chemical peels.
At Matthews Salon Spa, the staff strives to care for each client's whole self, meaning services work to nurture the body and spirit in addition to merely beautifying skin or hair. Using environmentally friendly Aveda products derived from plants and flowers, the staff cuts, colors, and treats hair as if it were the hair of their favorite news anchor. Spa facials, such as the self-renewal facial, rejuvenate skin while also integrating a foot and scalp treatment, and the staff also pampers clients with massages and spa packages.
Though Miracles' quirky and diversely talented staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians aims to lift patrons' spirits with beauty transformations, their work did not wholly inspire the salon's name—the beauty sanctuary's original location was inside an old church. Owner Kendalia Edelman has since expanded her business into a larger location, enabling her to add an area for laser treatments that target everything from excess hair to leg veins. She also found space for Little Miracles, a separate salon where kids up to age 9 can get haircuts with supervision from parents and invisible friends moonlighting as style consultants.
Floor-to-ceiling windows spill sunlight across Liz Lanza’s contemporary salon, splashing golden rays over high-vaulted ceilings and the sleek track lighting that takes its place once the sun goes down. The day-spa area provides a tranquil retreat where clients can disappear for a focused energy treatment such as the Amethyst quartz-covered Biomat surface, which emits healing far-infrared rays and negative ions that scare ailments away with pessimistic comments on life. Spa-goers can also slide beneath the white linens of a treatment bed as an aesthetician coaxes radiant skin to the surface with traditional European facials and technologically enhanced treatments including Bio-Ultimate Facelift, a combination of microcurrent’s low level energy and the collagen-stimulating infrared rays of an LED photofacial rejuvenation treatment.