As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Bath Junkie’s Little Rock branch welcomes crafty visitors who aim to create their own customized bath products without welding together bathtubs or sewing shower curtains into tuxedo capes. Amid a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, the helpful staff assists customers in selecting nontinted and unscented products such as salt scrubs, bath crystals, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, oils, perfumes, and magical elf ointments that instill tree-talking abilities. After selecting the perfect product, about 200 scents await your approval. A final tint application transforms skin-soothing concoctions into aesthetically striking bathroom accessories. Surprise your mom with a hydrating body mist ($18.50, 4 oz.) that matches her bedroom décor or pick up any lotion product ($10.25+). Add pizzazz to bath time with fragrant bath crystals ($25, 32 oz.) and an exfoliating salt scrub ($35.50, 16 oz.). The fun, hands-on process provides all the child-like excitement of spontaneous soda-fountain chemistry while avoiding sugar-induced headaches and upset stomachs. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost all are paraben- and SLS-free.
Family-owned and operated Frances Flower Shop sells flowers and gifts for all occasions from its cozy and non-presidential white house. Its large inventory of fresh flowers and plants can be arranged to suit most any gift-giving need—thank a friend for years of loyalty and good times, or just make your parole officer smile. The Belafonte-bounty of the Calypso ($45.95) boasts blooms in tropical pinks, oranges, blues, and yellows, while fast-to-act floral fanatics can opt for the high-flying Halloween horticulture of the Bat's Incredible ($34.95). Specialized bouquets honoring anniversaries, births, and birthdays are available, as is a wide array of gourmet fruit and gift baskets, greeting cards, and candle.
Chris Olsen is a busy man. He stars in his own syndicated KTHV Channel 11 segment, “Today’s Home,” writes for Arkansas Gardener magazine, and is an active member in several not-for-profit organizations. Olsen, an Oxford University graduate with more than 25 years of experience in landscape architecture, opened Botanica Gardens in 2003. He works as the garden store’s master designer, a career that allows him to stay active in the community and share his wealth of plant-centric knowledge with the public. Visitors to his store can discover a plethora of gardening supplies including plants and shrubs, fountains and water features, and statuary. His experienced staff also flaunts their skills in landscape design, lawn maintenance, flower arranging, and inducing rain with the hokey pokey.
Eggshells Kitchen Company stocks an extensive assemblage of creative and unusual bakeware, barware, prep-ware, cutlery, and other accessories of gourmet gadgetry. Some of the shop's serving and slicing tools shave off the time it takes for food to journey from roughhewn mass to mouth. Gourmands can skip tedious kernel-by-kernel cob surgeries and cut corn to the quick with the quick corn cutter ($6.95), an adjustable metal cutter with a handy plastic handle. Up to seven eggs can be cooked at once in the stainless Cuisinart egg cooker ($29.95), which features an automatic shutoff function to prevent flash yolkings and a poaching tray for poaching up to three ovo-edibles. With the colorful carbon steel blade of a Kuhn Rikon paring knife ($10), cooks can fend off enemy spuds before switching to squish-attack with a Chef’s Planet potato masher ($12), a 12-pointed pulverizer that doubles as a shuriken.