As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
A family-owned and state-licensed company, Top Notch Turf and its skilled technicians tend to lawns and shrubs with preventive and maintenance services. Weeds struggle to sprout after pre-emergent treatments, whereas postemergent treatments rid lawns of those that have already arrived. But weeds aren't the only unwanted organisms to fall victim to the technicians' sprays—they also treat shrubs to evict insects and stop disease and can drive away unwanted pests, such as fleas, ticks, and spiders, as well as tick fleas, spider ticks, and flea spiders. Regardless of the service, the team rushes to clients in its custom pickup truck, painted to look like it's covered in grass.
Bath Junkie’s Little Rock branch welcomes crafty visitors who aim to create their own customized bath products without welding together bathtubs or sewing shower curtains into tuxedo capes. Amid a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, the helpful staff assists customers in selecting nontinted and unscented products such as salt scrubs, bath crystals, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, oils, perfumes, and magical elf ointments that instill tree-talking abilities. After selecting the perfect product, about 200 scents await your approval. A final tint application transforms skin-soothing concoctions into aesthetically striking bathroom accessories. Surprise your mom with a hydrating body mist ($18.50, 4 oz.) that matches her bedroom décor or pick up any lotion product ($10.25+). Add pizzazz to bath time with fragrant bath crystals ($25, 32 oz.) and an exfoliating salt scrub ($35.50, 16 oz.). The fun, hands-on process provides all the child-like excitement of spontaneous soda-fountain chemistry while avoiding sugar-induced headaches and upset stomachs. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost all are paraben- and SLS-free.
Family-owned and operated Frances Flower Shop sells flowers and gifts for all occasions from its cozy and non-presidential white house. Its large inventory of fresh flowers and plants can be arranged to suit most any gift-giving need—thank a friend for years of loyalty and good times, or just make your parole officer smile. The Belafonte-bounty of the Calypso ($45.95) boasts blooms in tropical pinks, oranges, blues, and yellows, while fast-to-act floral fanatics can opt for the high-flying Halloween horticulture of the Bat's Incredible ($34.95). Specialized bouquets honoring anniversaries, births, and birthdays are available, as is a wide array of gourmet fruit and gift baskets, greeting cards, and candle.
Chris Olsen is a busy man. He stars in his own syndicated KTHV Channel 11 segment, “Today’s Home,” writes for Arkansas Gardener magazine, and is an active member in several not-for-profit organizations. Olsen, an Oxford University graduate with more than 25 years of experience in landscape architecture, opened Botanica Gardens in 2003. He works as the garden store’s master designer, a career that allows him to stay active in the community and share his wealth of plant-centric knowledge with the public. Visitors to his store can discover a plethora of gardening supplies including plants and shrubs, fountains and water features, and statuary. His experienced staff also flaunts their skills in landscape design, lawn maintenance, flower arranging, and inducing rain with the hokey pokey.