The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
Inside their blue-walled studio, staffers at Do-It-Yourself Crafts help visitors wield glass, tie-dye, silver clay, and pottery paints to create colorful, one-of-a-kind artwork. Glass-fusion classes teach patrons the skills they need to meld glass shards into funky tiles, and parties bring friends together to bond while they work on various art projects; patrons 21 or older can tote along libations to fuel the festivities. During pottery-painting sessions, patrons select a piece of raw ceramic bisque to adorn with provided pigments, choosing from forms such as plates, mugs, and plaques.
For more than three decades, the framing specialists at The Framin' Shoppe have preserved memories behind glass. They build custom frames for flat items such as diplomas or photographs and build shadow boxes to contain three-dimensional items such as quilts or football jerseys with the athletes still wearing them. The shop also purveys DIY framing materials; posters; prints commemorating Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC football teams; and a wide selection of mirrors. Conveniently, the company operates at four Birmingham locations.
Dressing feet in elegant, name-brand gear for the last 15 years, The Shoe Outlet offers a wide-ranging selection of heels, pumps, and boots for stylish female feet. A pair of Nine West black suede round-toe wedges ($39) grants wearers an extra couple of inches, and the Vince Camuto black jeweled ballet flats ($35) encase feet in chic, relaxing soles. Michael Kors flat-heel riding boots ($49) and Calvin Klein pointed-toe stilettos ($44) are both ideal options for attending parties thrown by couture-conscious horses. The Shoe Outlet updates its inventory every Friday, so repeat customers are rewarded by an oft-evolving line-up of heel carriers.
Cahaba Cycles' safety and performance overhaul starts by making surgical adjustments to the tension of the brakes, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Derailleurs are inspected and rebuffed to transform sticky gears into smooth shifters. Wobbly wheels undergo a truing process to increase pedal pumping efficiency and ease momentum retention. Rattled-loose or lazy bolts will be torqued and tightened, and your horseless horse will be wiped down from rim to saddle.
When Vulcan Vape's two owners quit their 20-year cigarette-smoking habits after trying Joyetech eGo-T e-cigarettes, they were so impressed that they decided to open their own e-cigarette and e-liquid shop in 2011, striving to offer the widest selection and best customer service available, for both experienced vapers as well as customers newly interested in finding cigarette alternatives. Vulcan Vape also has various videos on its blog that teach vapers useful tips, including how to attach an upgraded battery. With locations in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Nashville, they equip patrons with everything from starter kits to accessories to e-liquids in such flavors as belgian waffles. The full product line including starter kits, mods, accessories, and 120+ flavors can also be purchased in their online store.