With a focus on full-body training rather than muscle-isolating machines, Vaughn Bethell’s sprawling 12,000-square-foot gym eschews the traditional rows of high-tech equipment for functional gear such as giant tires, kicking bags, and training ropes. Of course, Bethell—a qualifying World Cup soccer player who has trained many pro-athletes-to-be—believes that the best piece of equipment is the human body itself. He relies on his bevy of fitness-related certifications to craft effective exercises that draw from the body’s own weight to create muscle-toning resistance. He uses these functional movements in a variety of services at his high-ceilinged studio, including athlete training, women’s boot camps, and personal-training sessions.
Bethell also prides himself on cultivating a welcoming nature in his gym, inviting guests to cool down in the lounges or showers before playing a round on the ping-pong tables or dead-lifting the communal computers.
At Don Julio Mexican Bar & Grill, authentic Mexican dishes, Colombian fare, and classic American burgers rub shoulders on the eclectic menu. Lunch and dinner times star enchiladas, burritos, and other south-of-the-border staples alongside house specialties such as Fajitas Don Julio, a steaming four-meat platter of chicken, shrimp, steak and tilapia served with grilled vegetables. Libations flow freely until 2 a.m. from the full bar, which fuels the dance floor on Fridays and Saturdays. Don Julio also hosts a weekly schedule of karaoke nights and salsa lessons, which teach students to dance seductively even in salsa-filled shoes.
Firearms from top manufacturers––such as Ruger or Smith & Wesson––line the shelves of Palmetto State Armory. Along with rifles, handguns, and BB guns, Palmetto sports a constantly expanding stock of additional gear, from ammunition and reloading supplies to accessories such as holsters and magazines. Besides supplying equipment, most of Palmetto's locations double as air-conditioned shooting ranges.
Instead of tobacco, tar, and other staining properties, e-cigarettes are filled with flavored liquids. The team at Marz Vapor handcrafts all its customized "eJuices," which emit nicotine mist, rather than plumes of thick smoke. The liquids can be assembled into hundreds of tasty combinations, which visitors can sample at Marz Vapor's in-store bar. Once they settle on their favorite blend, customers can load up on the retailer's e-cig gear, such as customized vaporizers, batteries, and tanks.
Master jewelers Margaret and Robin Newton of Diamonds Choice have adorned extremities with precious metal flourishes to fit every budget for nearly 15 years. The tasteful team specializes in bridal jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces, and custom designs and performs in-house repairs and restoration to re-set jostled jewels and disenchant mummy-cursed rings. A rotating stock of consignment and estate jewelry presents an opportunity to find irreplaceable accouterments.:
The female photographers at Bonjour Belle Photography are experts at highlighting subjects’ best features, ensuring images capture each customer in the best possible light. With a combination of makeup, flattering poses, and artful lighting, they draw viewers’ eyes to women’s natural beauty during their private boudoir shoots. To ensure natural-looking shots, photographers ask subjects to pose in their own outfits, ranging from lacy lingerie to men’s shirts.