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.
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.
For a lusher head of hair or more dramatic eyebrows, clients visit HeadKandi Boutique, where real hair is sold as weaves and extensions, and stylists perform beauty services. The hair is sourced from around the world, and its quality is consistently high. That's because it's unprocessed and kept in its natural state, arriving on heads in its naturally bouncy, healthy form.