Air Conditioning Systems, Inc.'s proprietor and indoor climate-control specialist, Robert Akins, retools vital household equipment with the confidence and aptitude he acquired from more than 30 years of professional experience. During a tune-up, talented technicians inspect and clean all aspects of air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces, prolonging the systems' lives and catching any mechanical problems before they cause expensive breakdowns or devastating space-time rifts. The fully licensed and bonded HVAC-inspectors courteously complete their tasks in a mere half-hour and also provide free equipment replacement estimates, second opinions, and diagnoses for repairs. In addition to ensuring long-term thermal comfort with extensive check-ups, Air Conditioning Systems' skilled personnel arrive equipped with freon and most standard parts in case they need to make additional repairs or compete in impromptu science fairs.
Whether retooling the body's hormone levels or removing tiny impurities from its pores, there's no treatment too big or small for the staff at Solutions Wellness. On the spa side of things, hair-removal expert and aesthetician Cassee Young uses wax to eradicate unwanted fuzz and save her clients from the burden of regular shaving. For solutions of a more medical nature, advanced practice nurse Cristina Moore helms a clinical team that specializes in bioequivalent-hormone replacement therapy and medical weight-loss strategies.
While awaiting treatment, guests can relax and enjoy a warm or cool beverage in the welcoming reception area, whose golden walls are accented by red- and orange-toned prints and bright-red leather chairs.
Oscar's treats locals to seasonal fare from a calm spot at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The restaurant's produce hails from nearby local vendors, including the Jones Valley Urban Farm, and emerges from the kitchen in various, artfully appetizing ways. Seasonal starters include warm butternut-and-leek gratin with dipping croutons ($6) and the Remington salad, a gathering of mixed greens, roasted beets, grilled red onions, and sliced beef tenderloin ($12). Sandwiches also beef up the menu, including grainy stars such as the smoked turkey reubenesque, which ties together turkey, fontina cheese, and creamy jalapeno slaw inside an unknotted tandem of freshly baked rye ($10.50).
Dr. Todd Walborn knows that not every patient is comfortable discussing his or her feelings in person. That's why, in addition to office visits, the licensed psychologist communicates with patients during online chat sessions or via e-mail. Regardless of the format, Dr. Todd helps adults and adolescents work through emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, and relationship woes. As a certified forensics examiner, he untangles equally sensitive issues, such as evaluating witness testimony and making probation and parole recommendations.
The aestheticians at Pamp-A-Roma give hands and feet the star treatment. They trim and buff nails during mani-pedis, before applying standard OPI polishes, glazes, or chip-resistant Shellac. They administer some out-of-the-ordinary treatments as well, such as a jelly pedicure. During this service, feet and toes dip into a pool of gelatin that warms muscles. Additionally, Pamp-A-Roma's team isn't confined to a single location. They travel to homes for spa parties and treat birthday girls and guests to spa services such as mani-pedis.
Lilac Healing Center is staffed by a diverse group of trained therapists who improve their clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Founded by licensed massage therapist Kathryn McDaniel, Lilac Healing Center slowly grew out of a series of other businesses—what began simply in 2002 as a place where people went to get a massage became a destination for all kinds of healing services. Today, the staffers not only perform bodywork and therapeutic yodeling, but they also provide acupuncture, energy work, and custom vitamin programs. In addition, the center hosts a multitude of both private and group yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.