SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Spokane Skin Solutions' nurses and aestheticians use clinical-grade treatments and old-fashioned care to refine clients? complexions. Facial peels help smooth skin, and injections of dermal fillers and Botox reverse the wrinkles caused by time and corduroy balaclavas. On the more technological side of the spectrum, the clinic?s advanced laser therapies reduce hair, promote collagen production, and diminish signs of aging and sun damage.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Nestled in Yorktown Center, floor-to-ceiling windows shed sunlight across the tan leather seating and rustic Italian décor of Healthy Family Physicians' lobby. A friendly staffer waits behind the front desk, helping guide guests through paperwork before sending them on to private treatment rooms. The highly sanitized spaces are where board-certified doctor Ruperto D. Blanco, Jr., and his experienced crew help rejuvenate physiques from the inside out with family-practice services. Dr. Blanco, always on the prowl for advanced aesthetic treatments, also helps rejuvenate waning complexions with products such as Jan Marini, Obagi, and DiamondTome, and skin services from spider-vein removal to Botox injections to paint-by-number face murals.
Alpine Golf Club spreads its course across an undulating landscape specked with trees and dotted with water. Putting quartets head out on 18-stop road trips in rented carts, pausing to uncover hidden approach shots and gold coins that turn out to just be chocolate. Towering pines surround the 13th hole—a long par 3—and an elevated green rises above a creek lorded over by a heron with a bullwhip on hole 16. After the round, golfers can replenish energy and debate about the shot of the day over hot dogs and soda or beer at the Alpine Bar and Grille.