At Back and Pain Rehab Center, Dr. Tariq Arif draws from 14 years of experience to alleviate chronic pain through chiropractic care. Along with his trained staff, he massages away tension and extracts aches hiding inside joints using therapeutic, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques. He also leads weight-loss workshops that address back pain in heavier people and can help to guard against other weight-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Brian Meister employs the latest in modern technology to complete services such as cleanings, bridges and crowns, and three types of whitening. Intraoral cameras capture various images of the mouth, which patients can then see on a computer screen, and electric hand pieces remove dental decay at a fast pace and speed up root canals. Digital x-rays, which have 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays and 99.95% less radiation than the Hulk, survey the inner sanctums of the teeth and mouth to reveal potential problems.
At The Learning Kitchen, highly trained instructors will help chop-happy visitors pick up handy tips for deft cuisine preparation. Grub-crafting students will slice, dice, and nibble-ize tongue-luring fare amid a sleek kitchen classroom. Top-notch boiling, frying, searing, and particle-accelerating equipment is on hand at 12 cooking stations as participants learn to wield quality knives and shurikens with nimble-handed dexterity. Chefs not only provide step-by-step instruction, but also teach useful chopping and sautéing techniques. A wide range of hands-on cooking classes is available, including a gnocchi workshop, neighborhood barbecue, vegetarian proteins, sushi rolling, and Thai. When dinner is done, students will sample their scrumptiously prepared meals in a sit-down dining area. Before they leave, students will receive recipe copies, saving them the trouble of scrubbing their hands free of ditto-machine wax.
In a dining room with blue walls and green booths, patrons of TC Thai Cafe can savor Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisine, all prepared without a trace of MSG. Cooks crush peanuts for pad Thai, simmer duck in rich panang curry with avocado, and blend fresh pineapple and cashews into fried rice. In cold weather, diners can warm up with bowls of flavorful Vietnamese pho.
Blackberry tart. Banana-nut bread. Cinnamon-twist danish. They’re not decadent treats in a glass display case at the local bakery, but intoxicating aromas and robust flavors found at La Crema Coffee Company. Owned by Melissa and Dan Flohn, La Crema takes 100% Colombian coffee beans and transforms them into three dozen unique breakfast, afternoon, and dessert flavors such as chocolate raspberry, amaretto truffle, and bananas foster. For purists, the company imports unflavored blends from Central and South America, Indonesia, and Africa. It even vends a selection of non-coffee beverages, as well as hand-beaded coffee scoops and accessories for measuring coffee grounds or spooning them over breakfast cereal.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
A humble standalone shop with an impressive inventory, Pipkin's provides the area with locally raised produce, specialty groceries, fresh-from-the-plot flowers, and more. Using a 100-mile radial rule of thumb, the store trucks in juicy and sweet eats from Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and anywhere flavorful greenery grows. Food-pyramid summiteers can snag one of 20 varieties of apples ($0.99 per pound) or a few bunches of spotless bananas ($0.49 per pound), while pigskin fans can snag some homemade salsa and guacamole ($3.99–$5.99). Before the leaves fall and the sun burns out, families can also stock up on pumpkins—nature's emotional lantern ($0.39 per pound).