Part of the ancient discipline of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is gaining more and more acceptance by practitioners of Western medicine. The treatment uses hair-thin needles placed into the skin to help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of health problems, including chronic pain, stress and anxiety, and gastrointestinal disorders.
During a client's first appointment at Northside Acupuncture, licensed acupuncturist Julie Shengaout reviews their medical history and Fantasy Football lineup and performs a physical examination. She also evaluates the client’s current medications, vitamins, and supplements before the acupuncture treatment.
Since 1985, Southern Sun Control has outfitted residential and commercial windows throughout the Atlanta area with high-end window-tinting films. The investment in films help homeowners and businesses protect furniture, carpets, and wall art from the fading effects of the sun, along with keeping windows well insulated to cut down on heating and cooling costs. Using expertise and a professional approach, tinting specialists achieve these money-saving benefits through such films as Solar Gard, which blocks 98% of UV rays and 82% of solar heat. It also has a cross section of Armorcoat, a safety film that prevents shattering. Aside from offering a wide array of tinting and safety films, the company's techs install designer films that display custom designs and reduce glare.
The licensed and insured craftsmen at Handyman Connection each have at least 10 years of experience in solving edifice enigmas and tending to the structural integrity of domiciles. A variety of services are available for clients’ convenience and range from everyday repairs and installations to larger-scale projects. With two hours of service, handymen can easily replace a garbage disposal or install a ceiling fan, whereas three hours allow for the undertaking of small painting projects, drywall repair, or a total structural renovation of a crumbling gingerbread house. Four hours can yield a change in electrical fixtures or an installation of crown molding. Homeowners or renters should be prepared to supply their own materials, unless they wish to pay the handymen to purchase supplies or synthesize equipment through telekinesis. For precise pricing on any home-repair job, customers can call Handyman Connection to schedule an in-home evaluation.
At Top Notch Express Car Wash, customers can choose their preferred degree of cleaning control. Each of the four locations abides by a flex system, enabling owners to drive by for a full- or express-service scrubbing. Express washes cleanse and jet-dry exteriors before patrons vacuum the interiors themselves, whereas full-service washes employ the staff to vacuum, clean windows, and oversee the application of add-ons such as wax and tire shine. Frequent clients can even sign up for a monthly unlimited wash plan, a prudent asset for autos that are regularly sullied by off-road excursions or ice-cream-truck demolition derbies.
Technicians further primp vehicles with meticulous detailing at all venues, and oil changes at West Augusta and Evans. Their focus on speed and convenience has earned them the Best of Augusta award for 14 years straight in Augusta magazine, and prompted the installment of handy amenities, including auto-pay machines and a fleet account program for company cars.
Matte, Satin, or Gloss? Lighting Up a Room with Paint
Is there a difference between satin and eggshell? Is latex paint less shiny than oil-based paint? How do you measure gloss, anyway? Find out with Groupon's look at paint sheen.
Velvet. Platinum. Pearl. Suede. These aren’t paint colors—they’re levels of sheen, which have fancifully proliferated since the days when interior paint came only in flat, semi-gloss, and gloss. The truth is, assigning sheen levels isn’t an exact science. A 2003 study in PaintPro found that, when checked with a gloss meter (a tool that measures reflection from a surface), paints placed in the same category of sheen in fact varied considerably between brands, with latex paints in particular tending to reflect less light than their counterparts. From lowest to highest sheen, here’s a look at the most common categories along this slippery continuum.
Flat/Matte: At the lowest end of the sheen spectrum, matte paints do wonders to hide the surface imperfections that glossier paints can highlight. Because they tend to hold dirt, they’re most often used on low-traffic surfaces such as bedroom walls or the ceilings of non-lizard households.
Eggshell/Low-Luster: Named “eggshell” because their slight sheen evokes that of a freshly painted egg, low-luster paints create an elegant look that is easier to wash than flat paints. As with all paints that fall somewhere between matte and semi-gloss, eggshell paints can create a subtle sense of warmth and depth in a room.
Satin: Satin paints are easier to clean than eggshell, and thus ideal for higher-traffic rooms, such as kids’ bedrooms.
Semi-Gloss: Paints with glossy qualities tend to show nicks and uneven surfaces, but they can also stand up to a lot more scrubbing. These paints are ideal for wet or messy environments such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Gloss/High Gloss: The shiniest paint variety, high-gloss provides a look reminiscent of enamel or even plastic. It’s most often used to highlight smooth and carefully prepared surfaces such as trim, woodwork, cabinets, and doors.