It's easy to see how fresh the meat is at South Alabama Custom Meats, since owner Tony Brooks cuts them right when you order. Brooks and his son continue the company's 30-year legacy of providing both exotic cuts of meat and processing hunters' venison. They package meats in family-size packs fit for any number of people, including cuts of ribs, pork chops, and their house-smoked sausages.
Balloons-A-Plenty cobbles colorful mylar and latex balloons into festive bouquets for a variety of occasions. Customers can order a standard balloon bouquet ($19.99) with two 18-inch Mylar and three 12-inch latex balloons, before tying them down with the provided weight or an obliging sumo wrestler. Unique balloon-stuffing services ($10) can wrap gifts and treats into a large, see-through balloon and bow, and a heart-shaped Valentine's gift basket ($15.99) showcases a teddy bear, flower, and candy. The store can deliver items within a 20-mile radius ($10), sparing customers from having to grease the wheels on their horse-drawn chariots.
Coral Reef's instructors help fledgling divers to fall in love with scuba diving, guiding students as they master buoyancy-control skills and environmental awareness. The scuba teachers oversee divers as they advance from beginner to master scuba diver in small and private classes at their PADI five-star facility, where water shimmers in both indoor and outdoor pools. Additionally, instructors teach specialized skills such as cave diving, rescue diving, and how to become a certified scuba instructor. They also pull up their anchors to take regular diving trips to exciting, watery locals such as Panama City Beach and William Howard Taft's tub.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Faces of Virtue’s chief cosmetic artist, D. Rouzan sculpts already beautiful faces into airbrushed masterpieces, specializing in facial canvases of all ethnicities. Every Faces of Virtue session begins with a consultation to determine the ideal style and shades for a night on the town or a high-powered business luncheon. Airbrush makeup creates a flawless effect that can last for hours and withstand even a hail storm-like barrage of compliments, and the included eyelash application lets every pair of peepers dim their own lights with a sultry overhead shade. A custom eyebrow shaping can help set stray brows on the right path, add sass to any look, or convey your coffee preferences in Morse code to astute baristas. Depending on the complexity of the application, each session lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.