Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.
Salon and Spa DV8's squad of aesthetic authorities dedicate their expertise to embellishing hair and body with an array of beauty-boosting services. The salon's styling stations––which are framed by ornate columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture––allow stylists ample space to cut and style hair or give the Lincoln Memorial a crew cut ($20–$45). Guests can dignify their digits with a pedicure that smoothes craggy nail outcroppings and applies a shiny topcoat ($42). Strategic waxing removes hair from chests ($40), backs ($50), and bikini areas ($45) to postpone hostile hair takeovers.
Dr. Patricia Campbell comes from a background of family practice, but it was her interest in beauty that led her to open Springhall Aesthetics in 2011. As medical director, she oversees a menu of minimally invasive body-contouring and skin-renewal services that help clients to fight the signs of aging. Chemical peels, injectable fillers, and laser treatments shoo away wrinkles, and iS Clinical cosmeceutical products leave complexions more subtly radiant than a jar of comets. The clinic's UltraPlus laser hair-removal system not only blasts away unwanted follicles but also assaults spider veins and other colored epidermal imperfections. Upon entering Springhall Aesthetics' charming brick façade, guests stumble into a cozy waiting room anchored by polished hardwood floors. Clients can curl up in one of the lobby's cushy chairs or feed a bag of goldfish to one of the egrets in the serene wall art.
Claibourns Natural Skin Care's aesthetician Yolanda found that after 23 years in the dental field, she was beginning to focus less on people's smiles and more on their entire faces. This led her to a career in aesthetics and to research the effects that everyday stress had on skin. Now at her own spa, she hopes to educate people on ways to nourish their skin.
In her research, she came across the Nu Skin line of products, which she believes are extremely effective at making skin more resilient. She uses the line's organic, paraben-free products during custom signature facials and galvanic spa treatments, which send a gentle microcurrent into faces to boost collagen production and smooth fine lines.
Licensed massage therapist Jennifer Dianne Poston honed her healing touch at Southeastern School of Massage, and now sends calming ripples across muscle ponds in her own Peaceful Mind studio. Clients can solicit Jennifer's flowing Swedish strokes to banish tension, or alleviate lower-layer aches with trigger point techniques or deep-tissue pressure.