Together, the Snellville indoor field and the Conyers outdoor field make up the paintballer’s paradise known as Wildfire Paintball Games. Within Snellville’s warehouse-like space, gunrunners dive behind walls of corrugated pipes. Overhead netting prevents errant paintballs from splattering the ceiling, and large bunkers akin to oversized beanbags offer temporary cover to players who need to tie their shoes or quickly finish a book report. At Conyers, ramshackle huts and fort-like edifices give snipers a spot to target their opponents. A forested area provides camouflage, and the speedball arena’s regulation-style obstacles stand tall on the grass field as players duck and run.
When master cosmetologist Aloma Feaster opened her first hair salon in 2004, she pictured a welcoming environment where expert stylists catered to men and women from a range of cultural backgrounds. Today, in the spacious, upscale Salon Aloma, her team of stylists performs haircuts, styling, and straightening services in front of freestanding wood-framed mirrors in rooms covered in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Products from Paul Mitchell and Mizani beautify hair, and herbal formulations from Design Essentials boost hair health more effectively than forcing strands to curl their own tiny barbells.
When recession forced their pizzeria to close in 2008, Mrinali Goswami and her husband, Bala Dommeti, raised some funds by selling the plants they recreationally grew in their backyard on Craigslist. With an unexpected surge in popularity, the duo soon found themselves on the radar of zoning officials, who informed them they couldn’t legally sell plants in a residential area. Fortunately, they were able to use the sales they already made online to purchase a three acre nursery and, according to the Rockdale Citizen, house more than 5,000 plants. What was once a part-time gardening hobby now blossomed into a full-time gig.
Pixies Gardens cultivates all sorts of plants, from pear trees and dogwoods to corkscrew willows and more than 10 varieties of hydrangeas, and Mrinali grows many of the fruit trees and ornamental shrubs herself. Because they don't use a greenhouse, their hardy plants undergo few, if any, transplanting shocks when they leave the nursery.
Licensed master cosmetologist Ginette Gilbert runs the show at Djea Natural Hair Spa, where she oversees a team that specializes in natural hair services. Professional African braiders twist hair into intricate patterns, while stylists cut and color hair, sew in weaves, and style strands into cascading waves. To do so, the team uses products from Pravana and Uncle Funky's Daughter haircare lines, the latter of which conditions and defines hair using plant-based ingredients such as aloe and coconut. Elsewhere in the salon, aestheticians treat skin to clarifying face and body treatments or enhance glances with faux eyelashes.
At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.
Dumbell racks, truck tires, sleds, and platforms sit inside the CrossFit Conyers facility, all awaiting exercisers ready to start down the path toward better health and fitness. The only problem is, they're rarely sitting still. Throughout the day, the CrossFit box's members are pushing, pulling, carrying, and jumping on top of these objects, all fighting to get through the Workout of the Day?or WOD?while encouraging one another to follow suit. Each WOD comprises a short, intense workout that changes with every visit to the gym and is designed to build a broad degree of functional fitness that can be relied upon when hiking tough mountain trails or playing chess with marble busts. Committed exercisers can expect improvement in a diverse array of fitness categories, from stamina and power to coordination and balance.