Fifth Season Gardening specializes in hydroponics, homebrewing, and organic gardening. Complete hydroponic systems can help hobbyists grow plants in any type of environment, and organic gardening supplies such as fertilizer and composters can maximize produce yields. Customers may also browse a wide selection of urban D.I.Y. products. Aside from serving as a go-to spot for garden items, Fifth Season Gardening boasts must-have supplies for homebrewers of all skill levels, from fresh hops and yeast, to cleaning accoutrements and educational books.
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.
A basket greets visitors at the entrance to Soula Grove, inviting them to kick off their shoes before they pad through the door. Inside, up to eight students or two fitness-focused octopodes gather inside a cozy studio space that hosts yoga, Pilates, and meditation sessions for all skill levels. During each type of class, seasoned instructors guide pupils toward greater levels of inner calm and mind-body balance. Traditional Hatha Yoga classes revolve around ancient poses and breathing exercises that strengthen the muscles while centering the mind, and private hatha instruction can focus on alignment of specific poses or larger fitness goals such as toning the limbs and boosting flexibility. Filled with core-sculpting isometrics, Pilates mat classes help make physiques as long and stretchy as a slinky made of string cheese. Many classes conclude with relaxation treatments, which range from soothing eye masks to cool cloths scented with lavender or peppermint.
In its mission to elevate students to another level of physical and mental balance, ReCharge Pilates and Barre doesn't reject its environment. Instead, it embraces it. Featuring colored mood lighting, power-tower wall gyms, and bamboo floors, the studio surrounds students with a minimal space. Here, classes blend the techniques of Pilates and barre fitness, and occasionally incorporate other exercise styles. Much like these classes, ReCharge's owner, Sloan Rachmuth, draws from several disciplines. The Stott Pilates?certified instructor's passion for wellness has led her to study psychology at Harvard, develop a clinical weight-loss program, and open more than one fitness studio.
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 26-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 indulgent experience.
Young artists flock to Glazed Expectations' charming studio to learn a variety of clay-based building techniques, such as the pinch method, coiling, slab work, and cartooning (figurines). After-school classes also impart knowledge about paint application, texturing, and the fire-breathing hamsters that power most traditional kilns. Experienced and friendly instructors soothe novice nerves and show youngsters how to harness their inner Michelangelo. This Groupon covers the class fee, materials, glazes, and kiln firing, and the 1.5-hour sessions take place between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday.