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.
Instructor Hannah Padgett first fell in love with American Saddlebred horses at age 5, so when it came time to establish a business in 2006, she knew there was really only one thing she wanted to do. With experience in riding, showing, and working for some of the field’s most prolific trainers, she shares her expertise at the facility’s outdoor riding areas, which include several miles of trails. In addition to showing amateurs the ropes, she instills showmanship in both horses and riders, including some state and national champions.
At A Natural Touch Massage, licensed massage therapists dissolve aches, pains, and frayed nerves with a wide slate of bodywork treatments. They target chronic pain and injury with deep-tissue and neuromuscular therapy, and allay stress and general tightness with the soothing strokes of Swedish massage or the tension-melting heat of hot stones. In addition to prenatal and reflexology massage, the therapists also offer couples massages and body wraps that heap nourishing layers of algae, seaweed, mud, clay, and lotion onto the skin.