When chiropractor Dr. John Owings adjusts a spine, he works with a partner who has no spine at all: the FDA-cleared ProAdjuster. The machine helps him locate hubs of spinal discomfort, which he and his team then treat with a slew of modalities, from chiropractic adjustments to massage and trigger point therapy. All his practice’s treatments eschew drugs and surgery, instead focusing on wellness fundamentals that can be addressed non-invasively. The team realigns spines, bolsters energy flow, and facilitates proper nutrition through meal plans, which help patients avoid unhealthy dishes such as mac ‘n’ cheese, or Ebola ‘n’ glass shards.
When describing his approach to designing a golf course, renowned course architect Donald Ross said "a golf course should be subtly deceptive, rather than unduly penalizing," a philosophy he put to work in 1908, when he crafted the 18-hole course at The Highlands Golf Club. Measuring 6,519 yards from the tips, the course offers a fair test for golfers across the handicap spectrum while still supplying enough challenges to attract legendary golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Hogan, who played the course when it was a fixture on the Senior PGA Tour. Strategically placed bunkers and fairway-hugging tree lines that cast shadows resembling golfers' fears loom throughout the course, but its most memorable challenge awaits at the 14th hole—a long par 5 that doglegs left and ends with a forced carry over a pond and onto the green.
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In 1929, the Wilson family sculpted nine golf holes into their fruit and dairy farm, weaving well-manicured holes among the orchards and appropriating an old farmhouse to serve as the first clubhouse. Today, after several clubhouse iterations, the family still owns the course, having overseen an expansion to two full 18-hole courses during its storied history. Water is featured prominently on both layouts and a diverse gathering of trees line the fairways, from low apple trees that bloom radiant white flowers in the springtime to towering pines vying for inclusion in Wilson family holiday photos.
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A subsidiary of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, Skin Solutions is staffed by a team of skincare consultants and nurses who cultivate more youthful looks with a variety of treatments. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and four different types of facials do battle with dead skin cells, and injections of Botox’s purified-protein serum keep wrinkles and interstate highways from marring the face. The facility's close connection with Grand Rapids Ophthalmology also allows it to revitalize eyes inside a state-of-the-art surgical room with outpatient eye surgery.
Strength equipment, cardio machines, and a fully loaded aerobic room occupy most of Westside Fitness's 20,000 square feet of space. That's where fitness classes such as outdoor bootcamp, CardioCombo, Pilates, and HIIT Kick work exercisers into a sweat. While members power through classes, children keep busy under the watchful eyes of the staff at Kids Stay-N-Play. And after a workout or personal training session, clients can treat themselves to a massage or tan.
Ever since the 1970s, when riders began taking to motocross dirt tracks with their bicycles, the specialists at Freewheeler Bike Shop have helped to fuel their passion. Their 30+ years of specialized service have earned the shop the title of Best Longstanding Business by Rapid Growth Media. In addition to building and servicing BMX bikes, the shop carries cycles and parts for various riding styles. Cruisers, mountain bikes, children's bikes, road bikes, and tandem cycles can be found throughout the shop, along with parts and accessories to keep riders safe. Their inventory includes lights, helmets, gloves, and cycle computers that keep track of speed, distance, and the bike's IQ.
SVS Optical 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 50 locations sprawled across 10 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 Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.