Whether training to become professional dancers or exploring ballet as a hobby, students at Huntsville Ballet School hone their craft under the guidance of seasoned dance experts. Artistic director Phillip Otto taught master classes in ballet at Yale and Vassar College, and school director Rachel Butler danced and taught across the world in places like China, Australia, and Turkey. The school operates in tandem with the Huntsville Ballet, giving dancers an opportunity to audition for performances alongside the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Former students have gone on to study at prestigious dance schools across the nation, while others have become mirror models for bedroom danceoffs.
The Patrick family first dabbled in wine-making on their 24-acre estate back in 2001, when only one other vineyard operated in Shelby County. After a few seasons of practice and success, they decided to officially dedicate a portion of their land to cultivating grapes, and formally established Ozan Vineyard & Cellars in 2005. In 2013, they expanded with additional vineyard viewing areas, event space, and a winery boutique.
Using a combination of grapes grown on their own land and sourced from the East Coast, Ozan currently produces a series of varietals, including chardonnay, Chilton County peach, norton, and petit syrah. Conceived of traditional winemaking methods in small lots of French and American barrels, the vinos develop multifaceted flavors and complexity before being poured in Ozan’s tasting room or into glasses on the picturesque outdoor patio.
Under the watchful eye of board-certified Doctor of Internal Medicine Greg Flippo, Prescription 2 Fitness’s personal trainers and medical aestheticians improve appearances with cosmetic procedures and weight-loss programs. Botox and Juvéderm injections can rewrite the oft-drawn-out stories that aging faces tell, and lasers show off their many talents by stunting hair growth, fading tattoos, or improving the appearance of damaged and wrinkled skin. Dynamic personal-training sessions and nutrition counseling fill noggins with healthy meal ideas and debunk the myth that steaks are vegetables. Clients can feast upon prepared meal plans brimming with local ingredients, which can be tweaked to feed all manner of nutrimental needs, from bulking up bodybuilders to streamlining silhouettes with the help of HCG.
The expert staff at Phoenix Paintball Division oversees multiple fields sprawling across 30 acres of paintball action. A woods field cloaks artistic assassins with trees and bunkers, and a tire-and-hay field conceals teams as they rally together toward victory. As in marital disputes between pro athletes, trained referees strictly enforce all rules, making safety the top priority at Phoenix. The pro shop rents and sells all necessary equipment, accessories, and apparel, as well as food and drinks to keep players fueled during friendly outings, group events, or special occasions, such as birthday parties.
An independent shop with a 32-year history, Charlemagne Record Exchange buys, sells, and trades music, uniting enthusiasts with a huge stock of used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and DVDs. Among the selection of collectables, rarities, old standbys, and modern sounds, vinyl veterans and novices can discover classic sounds such as bird calls and echoes alongside copies of seminal recordings including The Beatles’ Rubber Soul ($18), Oscar Peterson Plays Cole Porter ($10), and The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St. ($8). After scaling the poster-lined stairway up to the store, serving as a portal to the cultural past and present, shoppers can stick to their old listen habits, or branch out with nearly every genre imaginable, from rock, jazz, and blues to shoe-gaze and ogre operatic pop.