Within the walls of Natural White Advanced Teeth Whitening, music of the patron's choice floats through the air, soothing senses while technicians work to brighten smiles. The tray-free whitening process kicks off as a cheek retractor fits snugly into mouths, keeping lips and tongues from breaking out to mouth insults at easily ruffled dental mirrors. Staffers use an application pen to paint hydrogen-peroxide gel directly onto teeth before an LED lamp engulfs incisors in a cold blue light with a wavelength of about 465 nanometers. Treatments last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, and more than one session may be needed depending on the severity of stains or patrons' desire to sneak another nap in the office's well-padded chairs.
Many bakeries claim that their treats are handmade, but the treats crafted at BW Sweets Bakery might be just a bit more handmade than others. That's because the bakery uses as few premade ingredients as possible; when making sweet-potato pie, the bakers pick out sweet potatoes at the farmers' market, bake them, and skin them rather than buying a readymade can, the owner told Creative Loafing. That devotion to high-quality ingredients carries through all of their offerings, from dainty pastries to multilayered wedding cakes draped in fondant, as well as gourmet cheesecakes and booze-infused cupcakes.
On the shores of Lake Norman, diners relax with craft cocktails and martinis, dining on feasts of steak sandwiches, pan-seared trout, and small plates of wings and fish tacos. The bill of fare combines homey Southern cuisine with upscale gastropub presentation and cookery, quelling hunger pangs with dishes such as Low Country shrimp and grits with parmesan reduction and tricolored bell peppers, bourbon bread pudding, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf with tomato jam.
Live music permeates Summit Coffee’s 110-year-old building at least three nights per week, enhancing the space’s already artistic and eclectic vibe. Day and night, patrons ranging from neighbors and artists to professors and students settle inside the warm-and-welcoming café bar to throw back pints of IPA brews or piping-hot mugs of organic coffee and lattes. Friendly baristas and bar mates pair beverages with decadent sweets, including flaky croissants and giant slices of rich chocolate cake. As a neighborhood spot, Summit cherishes its community and is dedicated to giving back. It has raised more than $100,000 and a handful of Monopoly money over the years thanks to events such as its 8K race.