The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
A former United States Navy fighter pilot with more than 30 years experience, chief flight instructor Cecil Tune personally selects each new member of Mint Air's staff. These handpicked educators parachute out of their offices and welcome pupils aboard a Flight Design CTLS, the company's primary training aircraft. The German-manufactured planes enclose pilots in a full-glass cockpit, allowing for unencumbered views while soaring above rolling foothills on discovery flights or certification programs. Combined with the school's ground instruction, the flight training can secure the sport, private, or commercial licenses required to finally patronize the world's floating drive-thrus. Mint Air's crew also manages and sells planes.
The president of Northampton Wines, Richard deBondt, lends his perceptive palate and vast vino-centric knowledge to Italy Exposed, a one-hour educational exploration of the world's second most refined beverage after Tang. Learn proper tasting technique and pairing methods while sampling seven premium Italian wines, accompanied by a selection of Italian cheeses and fresh-baked bread from the Wine Café. Between sips, discover the basics of Italian wine-law and learn to read an Italian label, so you don't get fooled into buying a $500 bottle of moustache oil. Insatiable imbibers can also take advantage of a special 20% discount on all in-stock Northampton Wines merchandise.
Photographer Patrick Cox channels his obsession into each static narrative he helps to tell. During a one-hour outdoor sitting session (a $125 value), clients can dawn two distinct outfits to support their story. After an hour of snaps, flashes, and smiles, clients then set up a proofing time with Patrick, typically occurring within two weeks of the photo session. To commemorate the occasion, an 8x10 print (a $50 value) is included, giving future generations a glimpse into the not-so-distant past, when photographs were tangible and the Internet was purely imaginary. For more info for your eyeballs, check out the Cox Photography website to browse Patrick’s range of poignant portraiture.
The dry-cleaning technicians at Budget Cleaners have been sprinkling clothes with cleaning-solvent showers for four generations. Customers can drop off any garment—sullied shirts, pants, dresses, or quilted doublets—any day of the week for the flat cleaning price of $2.99. In addition to its astute cleaning skills, the Budget team expertly smoothes over textiles via pressing services. Plus, if patrons drop off garments at the Pleasantburg location before 10 a.m., they can pick them back up the same day after 5 p.m., leaving plenty of time to run errands or train for cartwheel marathons.
For its 50th annual celebration, the Southern Home and Garden Show is showcasing more than 250 exhibitors representing the latest in functional design for home and landscape needs. Visitors can grab a map and explore a 41,000-square-foot maze filled with home furnishings and appliances, including countertops by Star Granite Interiors, backyard grills by the Holland Grill Company, kitchen appliances by Jeff Lynch, garage doors by Carolina Windows and Doors, and a slew of interior-design furnishings and electronics.