In the rural community where photographer Rusty Worden grew up, locals were fond of urging one another to "cowboy up." Ever the sparkplug, Worden coined the phrase "rocker down" as a light-hearted way of expressing his own individuality. He lent the name to his business, RockerDown Studios, where he works to channel that same independent spirit into helping clients express themselves during in-studio and on-location photo shoots.
RockerDown Studios boasts a 1,500-square-foot space, complete with sets, props, and backdrops that add life to family portraits, maternity photos, and graduation pictures. Worden also packs up his kit and travels to wedding ceremonies in order to shoot video footage and snap candid photos of the bride, groom, and guests during the festivities. He also offers design service for businesses and extends some co-op studio time to photographers in need of space and chameleons that like basking on green screens.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind 24/7 Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Matrix-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
24/7 Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Armed with the latest in chiropractic techniques, a state-of-the-art facility, and 19 years of experience, Doctor of Chiropractic Christopher R. Outten soothes spines and mends muscles. His diagnoses and treatments, in which he pulls from high-tech SpineMed equipment and Pro-Adjuster technology, aim to preempt disorders of the spine and skeletal system before they develop. Whether moving into a new pad has knocked your lower back out of whack, or you wrenched your back cage-wrestling at the company picnic, the friendly staff at Outten Chiropractic responds to clients’ specific needs while treating ailments efficiently.
Cuisine Type: Regional Italian food New York–style
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Lasagna, Roast Vegetable Lasagna, and Specials
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Come hungry and save room for our homemade desserts. We offer vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly items.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
A favorite customer refers to us as "Italian Soul Food." Directly from comment cards: "Best Italian I've ever had. Phenomenal." "Great all around...1st time and will be back." "Love the welcoming atmosphere and great food." "Everything was perfect."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
A "paisan" is a friend, a family member, a cousin, a lover—sharing a meal with friends and/or loved ones is one of the great joys in life; that is what Paisan's is all about. Come and join the Paisan's family.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
Many of our recipes are either inspired by the owner's family (for example, the Italian meatloaf was a specialty of our owner's father) or have been slightly modified to work in a commercial kitchen (i.e.; the cheesecake was the owners grandmother's recipe—a crustless New York cheesecake with a hint of lemon. The meatballs were inspired by the family recipe as well as our hearty tomato gravy.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We are updating our menu to offer more seasonal, local items—we call ourselves regional Italian, offering traditional hearty red sauces, as well as the cured meats and cheeses of the Northern region of Italy and lighter dishes and seafood features of the Mediterranean. We make our own dressings, sauces, stocks, soups, many of our pastas, as well as fantastic desserts. Our chefs use local farmers markets and NC products to inspire weekly specials and more. We also hold specialty events, on- or off-site catering, and holiday programs.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.