Though she's been expanding viewers' knowledge and awareness as a news anchor for WPXI Channel 11 for close to 20 years, Darieth Chisolm works to enlighten members of her community in a different way off-camera. Chisolm is an avid runner, a certified group fitness instructor, and the owner of Fullbody Fitness Club, where she encourages exercisers to think outside the plyometric box. Her classes and equipment are anything but conventional—guests experience the sensation of being airborne during Jukari Fit to Fly aerial acrobatics classes—the creation of Reebok and the Cirque du Soleil entertainment group. Patrons hang upside down in fabric hammocks during aerial yoga and whirl around 45mm poles during pole-dance fitness sessions. The rooms are outfitted with thick, padded flooring to protect joints and acoustically muffle the squeals of unbridled, endorphin-driven glee.
To lead students safely through her fitness wonderland, Chisolm has gathered a team of certified instructors to teach proper technique and guide people toward their goals. Her studio has been featured in numerous media, including a 2011 story on her own WPXI and the designation of Best Place to Soar to New Heights from Pittsburgh Magazine in 2012. Chisolm also offers patrons several ways to give back to their favorite nonprofit organizations.
The tanning beds at Kissed by the Sun shine year-round in spite of chilly, snowy, or rainy Pittsburgh forecasts. Level one, two, and three beds house between 54 and 60 bulbs, which cover the entire body in a bronzing glow. Clients can augment their newly acquired color by donning Jwoww Black Bronzer and Bronze Mineral Legs, or by squeezing into bronzed shoes from their childhoods. After regular service hours, the salon opens its doors to bachelorette parties, sororities, prom groups, and social clubs that want to tan in tandem.
The culinary crew at Calabria's, which is nestled on the crest of Frosty Valley Golf Links's manicured greens, crafts a dinner menu brimming with traditional Italian dishes and meaty entrees. The chicken vesuvius basks in a meadow of mushrooms and artichoke hearts, with a glimmering aura of lemon and oregano ($14.95), while the chicken Romano beckons tempted tongues with Romano cheese battered and sauteed with lemon butter ($14.95). Diners can dive into specialties such as gnocchi ($11.95) or pasta calabria, which showcases penne with spinach and tomato sauce ($12.95). Construct noodles with a choice of five pastas and eight sauces (starting at $9.95) or with mannequin heads and wigs. The newly renovated eatery also boasts a lighter lunch menu, a selection of specialty cocktails, a $20 bottle wine list, and outdoor seating.
With 14 locations in the Pittsburgh area, Model Cleaners wetlessly de-soils the duds of more than 50 southwest Pennsylvania communities with a tidy tapestry of services. Keep the glimmer in your three-piece suit ($17.55) or exorcise your blankets ($24.85–$30.85) of hibernating dust demons. Alteration and repair services transform cycloptic rag dolls back into two-buttoned beauties, and delicate sweater treatments ($6.35–$8.10) keep your wool fluffy enough to sell to any wolf in need of sheep’s clothing. Model Cleaners gives thrill-seeking threads a coming-of-age road trip with free pickup and delivery, which can be arranged by calling ahead. A full list of services and pickup times for each community can be viewed online.
Sometimes, a greener world is hard to visualize. For the technicians at Green Thumb Lawn Care, though, it’s as easy as the click of a shutter. Before each project, the lawn-care professionals snap photos of the homeowner’s property and create 3-D images of what the yard would look like after their landscapers finish the job. They also help beautify and maintain customers' current views by trimming hedges, mowing grass, fertilizing lawns, and installing new stone walkways over backyard lava pits.
The friendly experts at Willi's Ski and Snowboard Shop sling the latest in contemporary snow-sport products and maintain slope-traversing gear, earning themselves a Gold Medal Award from Ski magazine. Boot technicians help guests hunt down the precise fit for their boots, and maintenance wizards use top-notch Wintersteiger tuning machines to ensure that skis and snowboards retain their integrity during outings or unexpected ice ages.