Balls roll uphill. Surging streaks of water flow upward behind them. People struggling to stand at a 90-degree angle are upright at 45-degrees. Such are the laws of gravity at Mystery Hill's Mystery House, an enigmatic amusement center perched atop a slope that enjoys a stronger-than-average gravitational pull to the north. The same peculiar pull looms over the nearby Mystery Platform, where people standing on the north side always appear larger than those on the south. For more than 50 years, visitors have flocked to the curious hilltop to explore its strange gravitational pull and interact with other science-related exhibits.
Aside from the Mystery House, most of the museum's scientific attractions congregate in The Hall of Mystery, where guests can step inside a giant bubble, flee the chase of their shadow, or learn to beat the moon at rock-paper-scissors. Alternatively, Mystery Hill museums include Appalachian Heritage Museum, which houses antique sewing machines, books, and a list of the personal blog URLs of mountain families from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The Native Artifacts Museum assembles more than 50,000 arrowheads, effigy pipes, awls, and other accouterments culled over 70 years from 23 states.
Maple's Leather Furniture enshrines sitters in thrones of supple full-grain leather, eight-way hand-tied coils, and—in most cases—sturdy skeletons of kiln-dried hardwoods. The company's signature line, Green Leaf, contracts private furniture makers to concoct couch confections, including rich chocolate-brown Manfred sofas ($1,799), and its weathered Coronado chairs offer wide button-puckered backs to cradle Disney-movie marathon watchers ($1,880). Maple's Leather Furniture can ship swatches to prospective clients who want to match couches to their underwater grotto's seaweed-themed décor, and shipping varies depending on the location of the aforementioned grotto.
Following a tradition of hardy Carolina craftsmanship, Southern Candles has been hand-pouring each of its creatively scented soy-wax candles for more than 13 years. Shoppers can set domiciles aglow with hundreds of fragrances grouped by common themes, such as seasonal, dessert, and aromatherapy flavors. Limited-edition Mistletoe candles spread the smells of Siberian pine, berries, and green apples to prompt spur-of-the-moment smooches, and 16-ounce birthday-cake-scented candles can prolong celebratory pinches for up to 110 hours of burn time. Twelve aromatherapy varieties reenergize noses and their attached physiques with scents of jasmine honey and Carolina ocean wind. Sift through the Unique Scents category to disperse aromas of patchouli, leather, and sandalwood, or lure poltergeists from wailing driers with the perfume of clean sheets. Flavors are available in 8-ounce country classic jars ($7.95), decorator glasses ($11.95 for 10 oz.; $17.95 for 16 oz.), 2-ounce votive nine-packs ($13.50), and six-packs of melt-away tarts ($3.95).
The philosophy of the Physician's Plan staff maintains that obesity, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or disco fever, is a disease rather than a failure of willpower. They take a multifaceted approach to weight loss, assigning each patient a personal counselor to provide support in the areas of behavior modification and nutrition. Custom plans might also incorporate tools such as lipotropic injections or medications. As a reward for their successes, patients can also schedule spa services including exfoliating HydraFacials, chemical peels, and massages, or ensure faces match their trim, youthful bodies with Juvéderm or Radiesse.
With 10 years of experience, the experts at 2FX Original Photography capture weddings and other special events such as birthday and company picnics. They also specialize in producing natural-looking portraiture, crafting crisp, classic images of families, children, and couples. And through skilled editing with software such as Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4, they can give a flawless finish to all images in post-production, smooth over imperfections, and even make clients look younger, upon request.