GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($28.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($19.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Kernels excavated from the finest stalks in North Alabama transform into gourmet flavored popcorn at What's Popp'N's old-fashioned snack shop. Sample more than 50 flavors varying from original to bacon and cheese to red cinnamon, then opt for a larger helping in sizes sold by the ounce or in three sizes ranging from teaser to large. Premium savory varieties ($0.90–$6) pair the popped corn with the zesty taste of pizza, loaded baked potato, or ranch, and candied flavors ($1.15–$6.25) such as spicy chocolate, green apple, and banana make for a snack as sweet and airy as Willy Wonka's best throw pillows. Football fans can also assemble flavor combinations by using the colored popcorn to represent their favorite pro or college team, or pick amongst preassembled team blends such as orange and blueberry (Auburn Tigers) or cinnamon and sweet corn (Alabama Crimson Tide).
Violet vidalia onions tumble into deep wooden bins alongside brown bulbs of sweet potatoes, heads of lettuce, bell peppers, and tomatoes still wet with dew. Owner and general manager Margaret Wood fills The Grove Farmers Market & Bistro with a locally sourced spread of produce, but her mission to support Alabama farmers goes beyond retail. Wood has embraced European food concepts by putting a market and farm-fresh bistro under one roof and topping that roof with a satin beret. Head chef Thad Gerrell sifts through the same organic produce brought in daily to create rustic dishes seasoned with gourmet olive oil, grapeseed oil, sea salts, and raw sugars. Seasonally fresh herbs elevate traditional gyros, souvlaki, and cholesterol-free pastas, many of which are available as take 'n' bake for home preparation.
The squad of licensed specialists staffing the skin studio at the Alabama Wellness Centers helps save skin from ruin with a number of services that can hydrate, rejuvenate, and anti-age. The sensitively skinned can unclog facial sockets and clear up acne with a PCA basic-exfoliating chemical peel or they can opt for a clarifying mask, ideal for clients who desire advanced treatment for skin issues but don't want to peel away the treasure maps etched on the outermost layer of their foreheads. Upgrade to the PCA Ultra Peel I chemical peel to treat dehydrated and maturing skin with the power of moderate-to-aggressive exfoliation, helping leave skin plump, hydrated, soft, and compliment-prone. The Esthetique peel imbues skin with improved brightness, tightness, and texture, whereas the Ultra Peel I treatment with a layer of Ultra Peel II incorporates a cream mask containing natural phytohormones and vitamins to help plump and moisturize aging skin while increasing collagen, elastin, and cell turnover.
When Tasia Malakasis walked into a gourmet food shop in New York City, she unexpectedly found herself face to face with her future. It was cheese?specifically, Belle Chevre, a French-style goat cheese made by hand in her home state of Alabama. It wasn't long before she was journeying down south to study the art of cheese-making. She became a genuine protege, and eventually, when the company's owner retired, she took over. Since 1989, the company has racked up numerous awards and accolades for its fine cheese, which include a pimento chevre, a Montrachet-style goat cheese, and a mint julep-inspired Southen Belle goat cheese. Their rustic creamery, housed in the old town cotton warehouse, offers both guided and self-guided tours, samples at the tasting bar, and a chance to meet the goats that help make the cheese by wrapping it up with their dexterous hooves.
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.