When she hit her 40s, Shannon Lipham started seeing spa days in a new light. They weren't just feel-good days of pampering, but instead opportunities to enhance her skin for longer than just the afternoon or until the next time it rained. So when the beauty expert and seasoned model decided to open Results! Medical Spa, it was with just that in mind: results.
So how do she and her aestheticians achieve long-lasting results? They employ Environ skincare, a medical-grade line that relies upon Vitamin A to restore skin health. Environ products are the backbone of almost every facial and chemical peel, as well as some more-intense medical treatments. For example, her staff uses Environ microneedling to tighten skin without invasive surgery. The needling involves only the prick of small needles that induce healing.
Lined with lively Mexican tiles, The Border's alluring front door welcomes patrons to a spacious, two-story dining fortress filled with the aroma of authentic Mexican cuisine and enough spectral colors to build several dozen rainbows. Diners seated at a table, in a brightly painted booth, or underneath one of the bar's plush stools enjoy classic dishes such as crisp tacos, hearty burritos, and sizzling fajitas. Cool sips of a margarita, some sangria, or a draft or bottled beer hydrate throats parched from proclaiming the true meaning of the framed photos and art peppering The Border's vibrant walls. When the weather isn't too frightful, guests can enjoy their comestibles outdoors on the fully shaded patio or in a partially shaded area enclosed by mural-decorated walls. The Border also hosts weekly events, including trivia on Monday and karaoke on Thursday.
At CrossFit Carrollton, fitness isn’t about stair climbers, TV-equipped treadmills, or dance aerobics. It’s about pushing the body to its absolute limit with nothing but no-frills equipment and functional movements inspired by everyday activities, such as pushing a lawnmower, lifting a bag of groceries, and wrestling a banana from the grip of a feral gorilla. Experienced instructors lead intense workout sessions containing an ever-changing lineup of pull-ups, weightlifting drills, and cardio challenges such as rowing and running. To help a wide range of exercisers to cultivate stamina, agility, and lean muscle mass, trainers can scale workouts to better suit different levels of strength and endurance.
Empire Grill sizzles the griddle and flips on the malt machine to craft diner-style hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and shakes in a vintage 1950s-inspired atmosphere. The menu boasts a bounty of burgers ($3.79–$6.29), each made from 100% Black Angus beef and available with more than 20 free toppings, including three types of mustard and three types of onions. Empire also flings Hebrew National meats into buns ($2.79), hand-dipped corn dogs ($3.29), Reubens ($5.99), and foot-long sloppy joes ($3.99). On warm afternoons, vintage visitors can treat themselves to two scoops of hand-dipped ice cream ($1.99), a malt ($3.99), or a fountain-soda float ($3.29) concocted with 1 of more than 20 bottled specialty sodas.
The Lion Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 layout unfurls across 7,086 yards of short-grass corridors buttressed by skyscraping pine trees and winding streams. Players can begin their day of orb-blasting bravado by unloading their own individual buckets of practice balls into the verdant abyss of the club’s 11-acre range, where distant targets beckon to precise golfers and lonely 9-irons. The swing-loosening sessions pay off immediately at the third hole, considered the course’s most challenging because of a hard-to-gauge, uphill approach shot. The grizzled sands of treacherous bunkers lurk at the periphery of most holes, but the course’s true challenges await on each green, where slick surfaces and bold slopes conspire to form breaks more difficult to read than the fine print on an infomercial. Rounds conclude with three breathtaking finishing holes, including the signature 16th, which features an elevated tee and a green fronted by a winding creek. After the round, golfers can refuel with tasty bread-ensconced eats such as a chicken-salad sandwich or classic BLT, both served with fries.
Thrive! Weight Loss helps participants to disentangle from the dieting yo-yo to embrace new, healthier lifestyles. After enrolling in an online or in-center plan, classmates each receive a nutrition workbook, online journal, and set of cave paints to supplement and document their efforts to slim down. In-person members participate in weekly group classes that are entertaining and edifying, and onliners can watch streaming videos of the instruction at any time. As fat-burning journals are diligently kept, Thrive! Weight Loss’s enthusiastic instructors help to set goals and walk students through practical pound-shedding strategies that include navigating restaurant menus, noting how the body reacts to certain food pairings, or discovering how the mind might react to talking celery.