Owner of The Paper Trail and avid crafter Karen has made paper her medium of choice for more than a decade. Why? Because “scrapbooking is all about leaving a paper trail of you…what we have done, who we are,” she writes on her welcome page. Not only do Karen and her staff supply patrons with the goods to leave their own trail––from patterned paper and albums to pearls and rhinestones for embellishing crafts or friends while they sleep––but also the techniques. Through regular classes and events such as scrapping parties, they teach the art of cropping, crafting cards and scrapbooks, and even building photo albums from scratch. They also create invitations and cards or custom albums for customers.
It's all about fit at SEEK EYE CARE, where licensed optician Marcus McNeill ensures customers strike a perfect match with their new corrective lenses. Polycarbonate, plastic, and glass lenses fit inside frames handcrafted in Japan and Denmark, as well as in styles from American designer Tom Ford. The shop also carries contact lenses and sunglasses, and customers are always welcome to stop in for a free cleaning or adjustment of their specs.
Linda and her daughter Ariana scour wholesale gift markets and fine estate sales across the country, hunting for one-of-a-kind antiques and whimsical gifts. They pack their cheerful boutique with their finds, lining shelves with colorful ceramics, intricate frames, and plush decorative pillows. Their ever-changing stock includes bodycare products, jewelry, and keepsake boxes from unique designers, as well as jewelry.
At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements. The three Triangle branches collaborate with a variety of local North Carolina athletic and wellness organizations, including Carolina Railhawks and D1 Sports Training and Therapy.
Leigh Pomerleau pampers her clients with a variety of customized skincare treatments at Serenity Skin Care. From her signature facial—which uses only small-batch, organic products—to express facials and body scrubs, she refreshes and cleans skin for newly healthy glows. Reflexology treatments help relieve stress while eliminating toxins, and can include hot stones or aromatherapy for additional pampering.