Their mission: "Saving lives...Changing Lives...Through Music!" Created by the philanthropic duo of Mark and Wendy Wilson, The REACH Foundation has opened its arms to children in physical, social, and especially financial need since its inception 13 years ago. Their fundraising concert series has featured past performances by Montgomery Gentry, Earth Wind & Fire, Little River Band, Chris Cagle, Chris Janson, Trent Tomlinson, Eddie Money, Huey Lewis and The News, and 70’s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics & more. The organization has bolstered the resources of a variety of children's causes, including Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. They have also awarded over 60 four-year college scholarships since fall of 2000.
A gigantic gumball machine. It’s not the first place one expects to see children ricocheting about. But when it’s inflated and part of Jump n Jammin Play Gym’s 13,000-plus-square-foot fun house, it makes a lot more sense. Inside their climate-controlled facility, parents chase after their sock-clad kids as they race from air-filled obstacle courses to inflated trains and circus tents during open-jump hours. After all that exercise, kids lope into the game room to hone hand-eye coordination playing Wii games such as Mario Kart on 47-inch LCD-screen TVs. They can also twist handles at foosball tables, smack a puck during air hockey, and bang drums during games of Rock Band, a video game that fosters rhythm and an appreciation for feathered hair. The kaleidoscopically colored facility can also be a birthday kid’s personal wonderland with party packages, and during the summer, Jump n Jammin’s team adds slip ‘n’ slides and splash pools to parties and organizes summer camps.
Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength.
When PCs come down with constant crashes or malicious viruses, the team at Computerfixes,LLC performs house calls to cure them of their ailments. The licensed and insured technicians are versed in solving all manner of digital maladies, including hardware failures, spyware infestations, and distracting trysts with kitchen appliances. Additional services include optimizing systems to return them to their out-of-the-box speed, as well as physically clearing accumulated debris from cases.
Jenks Productions has been handling the nuts and bolts of consumer trade shows for 33 years. Partnering with local and national businesses, Jenks specializes in home, bridal, and pet shows, which fill sprawling spaces with vendors eager to share their wares and visitors looking for inspiration. The services that Jenks Productions provides are extensive, as the team can do everything from onsite event management and budget planning to marketing efforts such as developing newsletters, logos, and jingles that rhyme the words “impending nuptials.”
As carrot cake rises in the oven, its sweet scent wafts from the kitchen to mingle with Louis Armstrong’s timeless trumpet trickling from the dining room's speakers, enveloping Mike's Tortoise & Hare Cafe & Catering in a homelike feel. The eatery's namesake Mike Clawson—a Connecticut transplant from North Carolina—strolls past the dining room’s fireplace on nights like this, greeting his crews of regulars and stopping off to introduce himself to new faces. Mike opened his restaurant in November 2010 to bring the slow-cooked tastes of his beloved home state to locals. The only thing that makes him happier than whipping up soul-warming plates of southern comfort food is the personal connections he makes with patrons who come in each day to tuck into hearty plates of his catfish, collard greens, and other family recipes. His passion for food began early in the kitchens of his grandmothers, whose recipes grace all 12 of the café's mouthwatering desserts, from rich banana pudding to a decadent chocolate layer cake. Since the café is BYOB, Mike encourages patrons to bring along a favorite brew or chocolate fountain to accompany their meals, and invites all to attend his increasingly popular wine dinners starring quaffs of locally made wines.