Coul Swing induces hoof-jostling with weekly swing dance classes in various styles tailored to ability level. Beginning jitterbug covers the thorax-swirling gamut from the Lindy Hop to Carolina Shag, introducing first-timers to the world of early 20th-century dance and helping those with previous experience brush up for visits to their local speakeasies. Jitterbug courses help tenderfoots lead and follow, hone their rhythm-reading, and map the cuts of the six-count jitterbug.
Peruse the hundreds of items in Dallas Pridgen's online selection, where all that glitters is gold, silver, or platinum. Select a suitably adorable gift for animal lovers, such as the silver whale brooch ($49) or the 14K gold elephant pendant ($66), or communicate with holiday spirits via seasonal jewelry ($25–$1,132). Fans of whimsy and Sandra Boynton buffs will delight in Dallas Pridgen's exclusive Boynton line ($49–$1,499), which renders the author and illustrator's inimitable characters in sterling and gold. The Juliet series spotlights elegant and feminine lines, like those that form the Juliet's heart pendant (silver $98, gold $799), a thoughtful gift to perk up a girlfriend, sister, or forlorn ventriloquist dummy.
In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
The certified tanning techs at Belle Spa & Tanning have learned something in their nearly three decades of experience: clients want to look good now and later. To achieve this, the team customizes airbrush tans to get dermises glowing in about 20 minutes, and a cadre of 17 UV beds in five tanning levels allows clients to maintain year-round tans or adjust their tones. Before each session, clients may relax in the hydration station for an additional fee, where a hydrating mixture of liquid vitamins, aloe vera, and plant extracts ameliorates dryness and helps prolong newly acquired color.
Founded in Durham 30 years ago by fashion-forward frame specialist George Fagét, Specs stocks an abundance of international brand-name frames in a stylish boutique setting with hardwood floors. Patients can bring along an existing prescription or sit down for a comprehensive eye exam that graciously spares retinas from math-heavy word problems. Whether transparent or UV-blocking, lenses come outfitted in the latest frame styles from such brands as Prodesign and Lafont. Upscale frames, such as the Italian X-Ide and the Swedish Öga, lend eyeballs more international panache than a bedazzled travel guide. For those without an up-to-date prescription, onsite eye exams assess peepers for vision and staring-contest dexterity.