After surviving brain cancer, Jim Hangstefer founded Nature’s Finest Nutrition to promote the curative properties of a healthy lifestyle aided by natural supplements. Shelves lined in vitamin and herbal supplements complement myriad natural deodorants, soaps, and lotions, which enhance physical well-being without toxins such as adamantium. Alternative-remedy specialists assert that milk-thistle combination ($36.40) helps maintain healthy liver function, and DHEA supplements ($35.25) may replenish squandered vigor levels. Customers can placate frazzled nerves with the help of Nutri-Calm ($34.45), or nourish the body's outer membrane with a Skin Detox ($35.25). Like slipping into a hot tub filled with local anesthesia, IF Relief ($32.95) can soothe the tension of inflamed musculature.
A team of instructors, which includes law-enforcement personnel in its ranks, helps students sharpen their aim in shooting classes such as Beginner's Handguns 101. The in-house dealership's weapons experts advise visitors and unveil a collection of firearms and ammo from manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson and Beretta. Memberships grant privileges such as extended range hours and ammo discounts.
Owner Mike Petty's automotive career first started in the early '90s, when he gained expertise doing everything from tailoring upholstery to installing 12 volts for Choo Choo Customs. After spending more than a decade in the automotive-customization industry, he founded Allstar Tint & Alarms, where he works alongside other seasoned specialists to customize cars. Customers roll into either location for installation of an array of vehicle-personalizing modifications ranging from 3M window film to theft-deterring security systems to commercial-free satellite radio. As a member of M.E.S.A.'s network of 175-plus locally owned franchises, Allstar Tint & Alarms has access to vendor partners' brand-name products and services.
Every weekend, hundreds of vendors gather at East Ridge Flea Market, peddling everything from antiques to clothing to toys. Meander past colorful crafts and playful novelties to booth #611, where you'll find The Wedding Ring and Fine Jewelry Place. This little shop features a sweeping array of sterling-silver wedding rings, bright Navajo-style jewelry, and luxurious secondhand furs. The booth is operated by a staff of expert jewelers, who also purchase gold, silver, and diamonds from customers at competitive prices, and offer watch repair and battery-installation services.
At The Artist Studio, a staff of three instructors knows what it’s like to be on the other side of the drawing table. Though they have 45 years of teaching experience between them, Christian Bradford, Claire Bradford, and Skip Lyons have also all spent years studying art and honing their own styles, such as photorealism, classic portraiture, and mixed media. The resident artists turn to their own individual expertise and personable approaches when teaching students, helping guide them toward their own artistic goals.