Both children and adults are welcome at Family Dentistry, where the thoughtful and bicuspid-savvy Dr. Aisha Moore cares for choppers in a spotlessly clean and vibrantly colored office. The trio of treatments begins with a thorough oral examination by Dr. Moore, who'll search for any potential problems with pesky plaque. The subsequent basic cleaning includes a professional flossing and brushing, restoring smiles to their bright and glowing factory setting. Finally, x-rays will focus on hard-to-see parts of the oral geography, checking the valleys between molar mountains to make they're free of cavities and tooth-rattling microbial death-metal bands.
For Brent and Jennifer Kasmer, falling in love didn't just lead to marriage and a baby. It has inspired them to help others reach their potential, whether training for a marathon or modeling healthier habits for their kids. At their studio, Everlasting Changes, they combine their strengths to help exercisers of all levels meet their fitness goals. Brent—the winner of Charlotte magazine's Best Personal Trainer award—brings more than 10 years of fitness expertise to their studio. Jennifer was dubbed favorite nutritionist in Charlotte for 2013 by Elevate Lifestyle readers, and is certified in personal training, bootcamp instruction, and nutrition. She also draws on her counseling background to provide motivation and emotional support.
Memberships grant 24-hour access to a host of exercise equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, leg-press machines, and free weights. During personal training sessions, clients push toward their goals with custom workouts and healthy eating plans. Brent, the middleweight victor in Mega Muscle's 2009 Mr. North Carolina competition, also offers specialized training for natural bodybuilders, which includes physique-sculpting exercises, nutrition consultations, and tips on wowing the judges at competitions, such as learning to flex your earlobes.
Buying from local farms can reduce one’s environmental impact and make it easier to keep track of how food is produced. The meats at What’s Your Beef Butcher come from a farm in Union County, North Carolina, and are raised without hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. The butchers there age free-range beef for up to 21 days, letting it become tender and ideal for serving at steak dinners or bribing a judge who has dentures. The shop’s lambs feed on grass and unprocessed grain rather than the chemical-rich feed blends used by large commercial farmers. Bison serves as a high-protein, low-fat substitute for beef, and wild game, including cornish hens, duck, and rabbit, calls out to adventurous chefs from refrigerated cases.
The interior of The Nut House eschews padded walls in favor of countless transparent bins showing off vibrant dried mango slices ($4.59 per pound), glistening chocolate-covered raisins, and more. Take home any item by its lonesome or pick up a gift basket perfect for any birthday or traffic-court appeal, featuring festive seasonal candies. Select from a plentiful bounty of nutrient-rich nuts such as hearty whole cashews ($8.59 per pound) or crisp almonds ($6.99 per pound). Full of "the good fat" and loaded with energizing protein, nuts are a heart-healthy way to muffle grumbling stomachs in between meals and enhance any salad or bowl of oatmeal with a piquant flavor enhancer that'll help you stay satisfied longer. Other options include My Color M&Ms—sorted into single colors ($11.99 per pound)—to coordinate with the palette of weddings, holidays, and sports teams.