After two years of undergraduate study, Amanda Martin decided to suspend her education at East Carolina University to pursue a career that applied her passion for nurturing others. She graduated from the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill aesthetics program in May 2011 and opened a small practice inside Carrboro Massage Therapy. Martin oversees a menu of facials that use Lemongrass Spa skincare products and body-waxing services that employ Plum Smooth amber soft wax, which is specially designed to remove hair from large areas of the body and prepare bearskin rugs for swimsuit season. Private treatment rooms soothe clients with pale yellow walls and purple décor.
More than 60 years of expertise backs up the automotive diagnoses at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, making it one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area. Staffed by ASE-certified professionals who stay current with the newest makes and models, and are constantly mastering new types of maintenance in order to cater to the repair needs of hybrids or cars that mainly run on adrenaline. That kind of dedication has earned the shop some high honors?including being named "Best Auto Mechanic" in the Triangle by Indy Magazine and "Top Shop in North America" by Tire Review Magazine.
But despite the accolades, Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center hasn't rested on its wheel wells?instead, the business pushes itself toward new initiatives. For example, a focus on environmental sustainability has led the company to offer eco-friendly services such as NitroFill tire inflation, non-lead wheel weights, and E.F.O. oil changes, leading to its designation as a Green Plus Certified Company.
At Montross Quarter Horses, Inc., instructors John and Laura Montross teach students of all skill levels how to ride starting at the age of four. Backed by vast experience, the duo combines its equestrian expertise during private and semi-private lessons, offered in both English and Western riding styles. Lessons are tailored to individual goals, and emphasize fundamentals, proper horsemanship, and proper grooming techniques. The Montross' facility presents students with a number of different riding areas, including trails and indoor and outdoor arenas for year-round practicing.
More than 25 years ago, hairstylist and North Carolina native O.T. Lunsford walked out the door of Piedmont Community College, cosmetology license in hand, straight into the beauty world. Today, Lunsford shares his passion for hair and showcases his vast knowledge of Redken products from within blu Icon Salon and Color Group. Lunsford also performs full or partial highlighting treatments to add dimension and depth to follicles that rivals that of a bottomless pit filled with Stephen Hawking novels.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms Cat’s Cradle into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, Swedish dance wizards Lo-Fi-Fnk enchant with instant club hits and songs for strobe-light campfires, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios.
Virginia Lee Sprague of Intrinsic Touch Massage Therapy believes a truly therapeutic massage should mold to the client's particular desires and change to address specific concerns. This principle has guided her throughout a 23-year career, inspiring her to customize each session to weed out deep-rooted knots or de-stress bodies with long, fluid strokes. She relies on a vast repertoire, utilizing acupressure, reflexology, and trigger-point strokes and switching from one methodology to the next for an experience more indulgent than a dip in Donald Trump's coin-filled pool.