Though Sharika Giddens grew up dancing, her family was afflicted with obesity and diabetes. So when she put on weight after college, she quickly joined a gym, and discovered a workout that catered to her love for dance: Zumba. At Hot Body Fitness Boutique, Sharika banishes boredom from her Zumba, pole-dancing, and yoga classes with energetic exercise routines.
For actors and models in need of a headshot, there may be no better place than Marlon R Photography. That's because this full-scale photography studio is also a video production house and talent agency, so the staff knows first hand what it takes to woo a casting director's eye. But you don't have to have Hollywood ambitions to utilize their expertise—photographers bring the same polished, creative edge to wedding, family, and everyday photo shoots as they bring to the studio's magazine and print projects.
Chef Lee Linton has sliced, diced, and sizzled up countless gourmet dishes for more than 30 years. He combines this hefty culinary experience with his passion for nutrition to craft 1,200- and 1,800-calorie meal plans designed to help health-conscious eaters like himself stay in tiptop shape without sacrificing taste or quality. Linton only uses fresh ingredients, shying away from the frozen, dehydrated, or astronaut-friendly ones often used in other premade meals. The menu, which is approved by an on-staff dietitian, rotates regularly, and meets the guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Cancer Society. After Chef Linton and his team prepare the dishes within a USDA-approved kitchen, they’ll ship the meals directly to clients’ homes or prep them for pickup at one of Fresh ‘n Fit’s 37 locations.
The stylists at Luxe Strands Hair Studio work tirelessly to enhance their clients' coifs. The purveyors of high-quality virgin hair lengthen 'dos using partial or full sew-in weaves, quick weaves, or various fusion methods. While bouncy, full-figured curls are the end result of wash-and-set services, the hairdressers can also straighten strands with a silk press or keratin treatment. A variety of braided hairstyles, including microtwists and havana twists, can be woven atop heads.
The cleaning professionals at Atlanta Clean & Tidy deploy an arsenal of HEPA tools and safe chemicals to rid homes of dust, dirt, and grime. In fact, every vacuum, mop, and steamer the team uses has Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology HEPA systems that trap 99.99% of dust and allergens, rather than allowing dust bunnies to scurry to other surfaces or coalesce into a dust pit bull. Homeowners can recruit their cleaning services as a one-time major job, or on a recurring weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
Maestro Arkady Burdan began his fencing career in Europe. There, he earned prestigious distinctions, including the USSR Master of Sports and Honored Coach of the Ukrainian Republic, after coaching the winners of more than 40 gold medals in international competition. After opening Nellya Fencing in 1990, Burdan has trained his students—as well as U.S. Olympians at the Beijing and Athens games—in the traditional discipline of the Russian saber. The maestro was recently named Elite Coach of the Year and inducted into the US Fencing Hall of Fame for his ability to spear all five Olympic rings with a single thrust.
Every fencer at Nellya begins their training with extensive footwork and bladework, sharpening discipline and focus while learning the rigorous technique of the Russian saber. As they gain strength and point control, they will also learn to deflect attacks and plot strategies that will help them compete in national and intergalactic arenas. In the past, students have gone on to become collegiate fencers, and five have represented both their school and country in the Olympics, including three-time medalist Sada Jacobson.