Patrons of Park West Barber School not only get the satisfaction of knowing they'll be treated to services that are as wallet friendly as they are relaxing, they also get the pleasure of helping aspiring barbers hone their skills to prepare for future careers as barbers or scissors-wielding ninjas. Park West's students can take care of one’s most basic haircare needs with a quick shampoo and haircut or indulge clients a little more with a soothing scalp or hot-oil treatment or an old-fashioned hot shave.
Some 233 lemurs have traveled from the island of Madagascar to call the Duke Lemur Center in Raleigh home. Here, at one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates, they find protection and able tennis partners in their caretakers. The Lemur Center looks to promote research and understanding of these interesting creatures—ancient relatives of monkeys, apes, and humans—while further sustaining global biodiversity.
Not ones to keep these creatures all to themselves, the scientists at the Duke Lemur Center offer an array of tours that let visitors get up close. During Lemurs Live!, a knowledgeable guide introduces them to about 10 different species and explains what makes them some of the most interesting animals on the planet.
When Zacki Murphy traveled the world as a model for Ford Models, she loved sampling local cuisines. What started as culinary curiosity eventually turned into a passion for food that led her to become a food stylist for Martha Stewart and to open her own restaurant, Zacki's BBQ, in New York City. In 2005, she expanded even further and opened Zacki's Culinary Creations, where she and her team cull fresh, local produce, flowers, and vegetables from their own garden to craft creative, upscale dishes for any occasion. They do everything from assembling homemade gift baskets for bridal parties and wedding guests to catering private events with international foods arranged on hand-painted and vintage platters.
Both introductory dancing programs include three private dance lessons that cover the most popular social dances you'll need to pull out of your back pocket the next time you find yourself whisked to a ball or accidentally at an ex's wedding. Durham's program also includes a group class to review the basics with fellow lightfooters, and Raleigh's introductory dancing program gives students the option to choose between a group class or practice dance party. Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s Raleigh location is owned by Rick Giles and features a talented staff of dance-cionados. The Durham location is run by the award-winning duo of Yuriy Simakov and Oksana Klyuchnyk and a limber cabal of instructors.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.