What began as Anita Gibson's struggling, two-person family business has evolved into Advanced Weight Loss Clinics, an organization with 17 corporately owned clinics and 3 franchise locations spread throughout the southeastern United States. Each center's team of doctors and weight-loss specialists encourages clients to win a similarly daunting battle by creating personalized plans for success. The program incorporates vitamins, supplements, and appetite suppressants with a low-calorie, low-fat meal plan that discourages using soft-serve ice cream as toothpaste.
For more than three decades, the framing specialists at The Framin' Shoppe have preserved memories behind glass. They build custom frames for flat items such as diplomas or photographs and build shadow boxes to contain three-dimensional items such as quilts or football jerseys with the athletes still wearing them. The shop also purveys DIY framing materials; posters; prints commemorating Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC football teams; and a wide selection of mirrors. Conveniently, the company operates at four Birmingham locations.
Errands by the Hour liberates clients from pesky errands. Their extensive menu of services includes ironing, meal preparation, organizing a home office, and even planning events, such as weddings and surprise parties that startle every attendee. Before arriving on customer doorsteps, errand runners are meticulously screened by Errands by the Hour, which guarantees all staff members have crime-free backgrounds and valid driver’s licenses.
Moxii specializes in transforming student apartments and non-student homes with professionally selected items in a variety of textures, patterns, and colors. Fix broken items fashionably with the pretty girl tool set ($38), brighten up dull design with a ceramic wall sconce with tea light ($48), or snooze on straight style with a couple of apple blossom pillows ($25). Savvy Egyptian cotton bath towels ($14.95 each) let you dry off in a hue of your choice while the Regina laundry bag ($68) makes dirty laundry feel like runway models that haven't taken a shower in days. You can also purchase two Groupons and combine them toward larger purchases such as the customer favorite Damask quilt ($159), a beautifully crafted quilt that tastefully updates the ancient design with patterned color contrasts.
Control your frozen-dessert destiny at 32°, a self-serve yogurt bar. A toppings bar with more than 50 wet and dry add-ins invites sweet-toothed sculptors to create icy masterpieces with seasonal fruits, nuts, sauces, candies, and more. Each day, 32° churns at least 14 tongue-tickling flavors such as snicker doodle, cherry amaretto, German chocolate cake, and New Orleans praline. Most yogurts are gluten free and are available in sugar-free, non-fat, and low-fat iterations. Cups of this creamy treat cost $0.45 per ounce, which is half the price of a gold brick but more than two times as charming at the dinner table as a gold bust of Garfield.
Since 1995, Alabama Hypnotherapy Center has utilized mind-enhancing techniques to help clients with ailments that have been unresponsive to other treatments. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that occurs several times a day; hypnotherapy simply trains the brain stroll into that state at will. The center’s certified hypnotherapists aid clients looking to lose weight, deal with anxiety, reduce stress, quit smoking, or learn to pilot a prairie schooner. In addition, Alabama Hypnotherapy’s researched techniques may help manage chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia, and the techniques can also lend a helping hand against phobias such as fear of flying, public speaking, and Jackie Gleason. Sessions are available in one-on-one consults or group formats to better meet the needs and proclivities of clients.