Rowena Brown wakes with a start, bracing herself for the wave of pain created by severe carpal tunnel and debilitating fibromyalgia that had stolen her sleep for years. But the pain doesn’t come. She shakes her head, amazed, again, at the pain's absence. After years of ineffective treatments, it took only six months of Bikram yoga to free her body from the shackles of her disabling ailments. Once she realized the power of the practice, she determined to create her own studio to help others to heal themselves in the way she did. After an intense nine-week training at Bikram’s Yoga College of India, Rowena graduated a certified Bikram teacher, stronger and healthier than ever before.
Now Hot Yoga Therapy LLC helps students of all fitness levels to develop the same heartiness with classes led by knowledgeable instructors in a spacious studio. A giant, 10-foot ceiling fan—which can speak and often tells celebrities "I'm a huge fan"—sends hot air cascading to the odorless, textured-rubber floor as the students flow through a series of 24 poses and two breathing exercises in 90 minutes. The fresh air recirculates every three minutes, allowing beginners and experts to stretch and sweat side by side while breathing well.
At New Era, textile technicians purify and mend delicate fabrics to ensure impeccable ensembles. Woolen winter coats shake off layers of sludge and stuck-on candy canes with a thorough cleansing ($5.75–$12), and shirts ($1.75) and sweaters ($4.90) shed noxious odors and stains. Skilled staffers lend patrons a sartorial edge by ironing creases into sleeves and collars and carefully preserving pleats. Silk, satin, or linen trousers enjoy gentle ablutions ($6.40), and even the most fragile beaded, sequined, or snowflake-trimmed ensembles regain their snazzy appeal.
The staff of Johnette's Baskets and More piles gourmet fare, coffees, and local brand-name gift items into artful baskets. The shop's shelves showcase eclectic treats such as Miss Jenny's Pickles ($7), WoodWick candles ($17.99), and handmade, heart-shaped fudge ($3). Baskets are available in a variety of shapes and styles from basic wicker baskets to red colanders, sparing shoppers from having to steal their basket from the handlebars of the Queen’s bicycle. Alternatively, customers can choose from a wide range of premade baskets, such as a cheery Deluxe Happy Birthday care package with sweets and silly string ($39.99) or a She's So Lovely spa gift set with sumptuous spa products ($39.99). The Campbell's chicken-noodle soup, Cutter crackers, and Luden's cherry sours in a Get Well Sooner! care package make an ideal gift to give to friends who are overcoming a cold or to toss at soccer players who are faking an injury.
A.B. Seed is a nursery and garden center that contains enough brightly colored and glazed garden pottery to stock a horticulturally inclined dragon's hoard. The selection includes small spherical candleholders with moon and star cutouts for extra shine and large planters with textural ridges and nubs. If opting for other gardening and landscaping supplies, customers can consult A.B. Seed's team of plant professionals on what types of greenery, fertilizer, spade, or seeds would best suit their patch of land or indoor jungle habitat. Holiday gift-seekers can also scour the themed rooms of the indoor shopping area for hummingbird feeders and picture frames, or stock up on Belgard cobblestone pavers to prepare for that patio-improvement project they've put off until spring.