At both of Ashley Jordan's locations, staffers navigate patrons through more than 40,000 square feet of showroom space populated with bedroom, living room, and dining room products by Ashley Furniture, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic. Vast new dreamscapes await those who repose upon a new twin mattress ($69+) or plush pillowtop queen set ($299+). Sink into a sofa ($399+) after a hard day at work, or gather the kinsfolk at a dining-table-and-four-chair set ($399) that makes for a more enjoyable shared meal than firing wads of mashed potato at one another's mouths via trebuchet. A 42-inch television stand ($299) can accommodate an entire collection of miniature TVs, and a decorative rug warms up chilly floorboards while adding elegance ($99).
The owners of One Heart SUP believe life should be as active, which is why they love stand-up paddleboarding. It's an adventurous activity that everyone can participate in. Atop the sun-glinted surfaces of Harris Lake or Lake Crabtree, One Heart SUP's instructors lead one-hour paddleboard classes. In the Paddleboard 101 class, they'll cover the basics—from standing and balancing to other paddling techniques. The activity provides a great workouts, strengthening cores and sculpting muscles throughout the body. During Sunrise Paddle tours, you can glide along the Harris Lake peninsula before breakfast. Or take the Yoga class to practice on-water meditation without resorting to underwater downward-dog poses. For the already initiated, One Heart SUP also rents paddleboards Monday through Friday for afternoon paddles or lunchtime glides.
Dr. Renzo A. Zaldívar's intensive, specialized training in ophthalmic plastic surgery makes him a true expert at reconstructing and rejuvenating the eye area. At Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Consultants, he and his team mend medical and aesthetic flaws of the lids, inject beauty solutions into wrinkles, and keep tears flowing through ducts like soda through Twizzlers. Dr. Zaldívar belongs to the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, a respected and elite organization with fewer than 600 members.
At the helm of Total Health and Skin Center is Dr. James S. Carr, a board-certified doctor with 21 years of experience. He oversees a similarly impressive staff that includes a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a medical assistant. These experts work together as a team to help clients enhance their exteriors with a variety of medical-grade aesthetic treatments. Their list of services includes some as futuristic as a robot dressed in next year’s fashions: Smoothbeam lasers for acne, advanced chemical peels, and lasers for skin rejuvenation.
TKO Fitness' instructors get along swimmingly, even though they all love to fight. They boast a range of expertise garnered in careers as professional boxers while earning black belts in tae kwon do, or studying exercise science in college. They use their experience to conduct kickboxing classes, which utilize over 20 heavy bags; mixed-martial-arts classes, which are held in a cage-walled arena; and traditional boxing lessons, hosted in their floor-mounted, standard-sized boxing ring. In addition to their pugilistic fitness activities, they host a gym's worth of equipment for more standard workouts, including kettlebells and TRX suspension harnesses.
As someone who grew up playing competitive sports, Michelle Gaine always understood the importance of therapeutic massage and proper physical training when striving to achieve peak performance and overall fitness. This fundamental understanding sank in even deeper after she was involved in a life-changing car accident. Over the course of 12 difficult months, a number of therapists helped her regain control over her body, ultimately inspiring her decision to spend the rest of her life assisting others in the same fashion. In 2000, she graduated from a clinical massage program, achieved an NC LMBT license, and became nationally certified in the art of massage therapy.
Rather than offering standardized treatments, Gaine draws from nine modalities to formulate custom massages. She eschews the one-size-fits-all philosophy found in some studios, pricing the use of any of her techniques based solely on the length of the session. This allows her to treat each patient in a manner that will reap the most benefits and address specific problems, such as chronic pain or a dray of back-burrowing squirrels. Yoga and qi gong instructors also help further Gaine's mission of restoration and healing with breath training, stretching, and meditative philosophies designed to help bodies align themselves from the inside out.