Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Overseen by fourth-degree black belt Renshi Jerry Chenault and his wife Michelle, Chenault Pro-Defense Martial Arts Academy trains pupils in the art of Japanese jujitsu with a focus on discipline and self-defense. Training begins with a private orientation in which aspiring masters are granted their uniforms. Groupon holders are invited to continue taking classes indefinitely until neophyte white belts achieve the cheerier yellow-belt rank. Lessons are grouped by age and belt level with classes for smaller spin kickers ages 4–8 meeting 4:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9 a.m.–9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. White-belt classes for students ages 9 and up meet 5 p.m.–5:45 p.m. on Mondays, 7:15 p.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m.–7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. on Saturdays.
The Invisalign process straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics, and Dr. McKinney’s spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Invisalign eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. A comprehensive oral exam (a $100 value), including x-rays and photos (a $150 value), and models of your mouth terrain (a $75 value) will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment or braces treatment varies with each customer (the average cost is $4,950 for a full Invisalign treatment, $3,950 for Invisalign Express, and $4,950 for a braces treatment).
At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Flat-screen TVs and comfort-inducing massage chairs beckon clients in the examination rooms at Dr. Cheri Cunningham’s family dental office, where the steady-handed professional cares for the oral needs of both children and adults. The doc and her staff care for and inspect all corners of mouth caves, from creating spot-on replicas of teeth for custom-made whitening trays to examining every millimeter between the lips the uvula for signs of gum disease. The office’s No Cavity club showcases a photo montage of all the cavity-free kids that have been treated by Dr. Cunningham, a panegyric that gives young patients the incentive to brush, floss, and cut back on the sugar in their pretend coffee.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.