When Kandace Martin and her husband began their weekend business of renting inflatable jump houses for children's parties, they dreamed of being their own bosses on a full-time basis and having more control over their busy schedules. As luck would have it, their collection of bouncers, wet and dry slides, and obstacle courses became so in-demand that they were booked every weekend—prodding the couple to finally quit their day jobs and focus on bounce houses full time. A few months later, they expanded their business model by setting up permanent, air-filled residence inside an 8,000-square-foot building. Hoppity Hop Inflatables' indoor playground hosts nine inflatable obstacles for sock-footed kids to climb, bounce, and slide on. A 15-foot slide introduces children to the nonpunitive aspects of the law of gravity, which is further explored by walking the plank of the pirate-ship-themed bouncer. Toddlers, meanwhile, romp in an exclusive area filled with soft toys and miniature bounce house. Free wireless internet access keeps adults occupied, and the snack bar fills bellies with a vast selection of concessions, including chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and pizza.
Registered nurse Lisa Grissim opened Profiles Laser & Medical Aesthetics to improve the health and look of the body’s largest and most visible organ: the skin. She recruited Dr. Thomas Miller to supervise the staff, which includes fellow registered nurses and licensed aestheticians. The crew’s intense focus on skin treatments—which range from anti-aging laser treatments to Botox injections—grants them a degree of expertise they use to help customers understand their skincare options. Staffers unpack technical terms and lend personalized advice to steer clients toward ideal treatments. Lisa explains, “We want to form lasting relationships with clients and rejoice with them as they experience the changes they desire.”
Though it has the staff, state-of-the-art laser equipment, and immortality serums of an advanced med-spa, the office sets itself apart with an upscale, salon-like atmosphere. Sun floods the lobby, where bunches of flowers and potted plants add an organic element to the modern décor. Shelves line up some of the world’s premiere skincare lines, including Obagi, Avène, and SkinCeuticals.
The friendly staff at MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery churns dozens of creamy flavors fresh each day before enhancing frozen creations with inventive mix-ins and toppings. They power through shivers to fold nuts, candy, and fruit into ice-cream varieties such as chocolate banana, and sprinkle sugary toppings over ice-cream pizzas, one of MaggieMoo's signature creations. Aside from other avant-garde dessert offerings?which include ice-cream cupcakes?the staff slings frozen favorites including cones, creamy milkshakes, and ice-cream cakes.
Occasional appearances by Miss Maggie Moo, the business's iconic cow, delight customers. She also lends her services to fundraising efforts for local schools and charities.
Seven Embassy Dental hubs chase a single mission: to enhance smiles safely using state-of-the-art technology. The accomplished dentists that staff each office preach preventive health care and regular hygiene as a way to stave off more serious issues, although Embassy does employ an oral surgeon, endodontist, and orthodontist just in case. All procedures follow safety guidelines as outlined by the American Dental Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and articulate fire extinguishers that sit in the corner of each office. The dentists can further highlight healthy smiles by treating teeth with the Zoom whitening method, which brightens them an average of eight shades in 45 minutes.
The Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show and Vintage Marketplace have been going strong for more than 30 years and have offered inspiring design ideas to everyone from new homeowners to seasoned antiquers. The more than 140 vendors display a treasure trove of architectural and industrial items, fine and decorative art, furniture, and vintage and estate jewelry. On Saturday, February 16 at noon, expert designers will also host a hands-on decorating seminar. They'll share ways to incorporate vintage items into a traditional, contemporary, or industrial interior, such as pairing a modern coffee table with a 1920s-era lamp or stuffing a throw pillow with Federal Reserve bank notes.
Golfers teeing up at Country Hills Golf Course motor across the emerald hills of Middle Tennessee aboard electric golf carts while giving chase to their dimpled white orbs. Each player attempts to navigate the 18-hole course in less than 70 strokes, a feat impeded by hazards such as sand traps, elevation swings, and a smattering of ponds. Dense foliage directly abutting the fairways further complicate matters, especially if a previous group has shamelessly scratched a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem into the tree bark.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,174 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees