After a trying day, nothing cuts through accumulated stress better than food from childhood. Whether they're craving catfish or cornbread, those who spent their formative years in the South can find their favorite comfort foods at Big Mama's Southern Kitchen. Here, chefs cook up a full slate of Dixie classics, pairing everything from meatloaf to fried chicken with sides such as sugar-drizzled yams and stewed collard greens. These meals often come to a sweet conclusion courtesy of the restaurant's desserts; distinctly Southern classics such as banana pudding and 7-Up pound cake recreate days spent with Grandma without the usual quizzes on the difference between the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.
Forgive Me Not Photos' quick-shooting booths and tents artfully preserve memories during all manner of snapshot-worthy shindigs. With a two-hour photo-booth rental, posing quartets can pile into the booth's cozy confines to document the event with a series of quirky, meaningful, or prop-aided shots, while larger tents accommodate up to a dozen photogenic revelers for mass displays of camaraderie not seen since Benjamin Franklin first invented the hug. Snapshot stations are delivered straight to events, with an attendant on-site to aid patron usage and deal with any machine snafus. Shoots instantly yield two strips of four shots each, and after events conclude, patrons can access a catalog of the pictures online, allowing them to order extra copies to stuff into home albums or the hand of the nearest casting agent.
Spa-a-Peel’s sign says it’s “the look fabulous studio,” though the offerings within its peaceful confines go much deeper. Upon entering, clients are greeted by a smiling staff member who stands ready to help clients transform their day with a massage, a facial, or a mani-pedi. On top of that, treatments at Spa-a-Peel transport guests away from the daily grind and into a place of relaxation and bliss that feels like home, but with a far more talented staff.
The stylists at Bashamy’s Salon & Spa boast a portfolio of dramatic styles that range from edgy mohawks of tousled curls to sleek, asymmetrical bobs streaked with color. But these 'dos needn’t come at the expense of healthy hair—the staff also treats strands to the deep hydration of silkening Moroccanoil treatments. They can deftly handle natural hair that has never been processed or work to correct years of damage from straightening, extending, or working as Rapunzel’s stunt double.
During each afterschool-tutoring session, children are given a healthful snack, such as baby carrots and apples, to keep them energized, to promote healthful-snacking habits, and to help keep the students properly nourished. Healthful foods such as fruits and vegetables can improve focus and cognitive function, but many of the program's attendees from low-income families lack ready access to them. For some students, these nutritious snacks will constitute the only meal they'll get that evening.
James "Scotty" Simpson opened his namesake fish 'n' chips shop in 1950, and it's been a local favorite ever since. And not much has changed about the restaurant in the intervening years, right down to the face behind the counter—that's current owner, head cook, and greeter Harry Barber, who began working there in 1966. Even the dining room remains virtually unchanged, welcoming guests with quaint wooden paneling, a corner jukebox, and walls decorated with poodle-skirted fish.
The eatery's menu has stayed true to the classics as well. Besides pairing with the eponymous fish, chips side meaty partners of frog legs, chicken, and T-bone steaks. Diners can also keep their plates chip-free by siding a quarter-pound cheeseburger with homemade clam chowder.