Massage at Blue Orchid's licensed therapist John Byrd tenderizes tense muscles using hands and hot stones during 60- to 90-minute massages. During a Swedish massage, John showers patients in a range of individualized techniques, as hands ebb and flow over backs like relay-running kangaroos. Patients may request precision kneading or a full-body massage depending on their specific needs. Hot-stone massages begin with a base of Swedish techniques, before John places heated rocks on tightly wound body targets to melt muscles and thaw stubborn knots. Calming music plays during each massage, freeing minds to drift into relaxation and envision rugby players tackling pillows instead of each other.
Students glide slowly across the gleaming wood floors of Columbia Tai Chi Center, their controlled purposeful movements sihouetted in natural light from a window. Wesley Adams, the director and head instructor, leads students through the moving meditation that is Tai Chi, helping students find balance and peace as they learn the ancient discipline. Wesley also offers Q-Ex Mindful Movement classes, a contemporary fitness program that draws on the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong to help build strength and reduce stress. All his classes are small, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure all students can benefit from personal attention and no one student hogs all the relaxation.
The Cigar Box equips patrons with all the necessary tobacco, accessories, and space for enjoying a stogie stag or a few drags with friends. Customers can select from more than 50 brand name cigars, such as CAO, Alec Bradley, and Romeo y Julieta, alongside clove cigarettes and pipe tobacco. Cutters, ashtrays, and humidors ensure cleanliness and quality taste for each smoking session. After pairing their smoke with a beer poured by The Cigar Box's barkeepers, guests sink into the facility's leather couches, admire its wood paneling, or watch foreign films with smoke-signal subtitles on a big-screen TV.
Brown Box Veggies’ produce-packers hand-select fruit and veggie medleys from local producers to nourish families without onerous trips to the market. Customers schedule pickup times, when they collect four to five varieties of primarily organic fruits, veggies, and fresh Carmen Miranda hats. Employees work with South Carolina farmers, markets, and distributors on each pickup date to source as much fresh, local produce as possible and gather recipe ideas for the chosen medleys. After refrigerating their juicy bounties, customers can return flattened boxes so as not to enrage Mother Nature’s environmentalist brother. Although today’s Groupon is only valid for Saturday pickup, customers can schedule future purchases to be delivered on a Friday for a small fee ($4).