Thermography is a form of imaging that detects variations in temperature, which can be helpful to military surveillance teams or to doctors on mission to find abnormalities in the body. "From bombs to busts!" quips Linda Bamber, founder of BRAS (Breast Research Awareness and Support), contemplating the versatility of this noninvasive, radiation-free technology that can detect cancer warning signs years before they would show up on a mammogram.
Linda began hunting for new ways to protect her own health after both her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to avoid unnecessary drugs and surgeries, so she turned to digital infrared thermal imaging, diet precautions, and breast-centric exercises. She shares all the knowledge she's gleaned over the years through her BRAS franchises, where women can find brassiere-like support and helpful information.
When Bill Gross opened his jewelry business in 1966, he laid the foundation for a successful family enterprise built on offering stunning designs and friendly, expert customer service. Throughout the store, generations of the Gross clan help clients choose the perfect engagement ring or anniversary present, or appraise an heirloom diamond based on its cut, color, clarity, and ability to attract dragons. Lead Designer Mark Gross works hand-in-hand with clients to design custom rings, pendants, and bracelets, and 10 signature brands offer selections that decorate customers in stunning pieces. Since it sources fine gemstones through Kimberley Process merchants, Gross Diamond Co. ensures that its display cases are free from conflict diamonds of any kind.
Fashionable apparel adorns the inside of
B CHIC Consignment & Boutique, the bright colors of name-brand women's blouses and dresses mingling with a variety of household items. Here, guests can peruse a rotating stock of consigned and boutique goods, which also includes jewelry in addition to clothing.
A lone tree, its trunk wrapped in colorful knit creations, marks the location of Friends and Fiber, a warmly lit shop that brims with handpicked yarns, knitting needles, home décor, and jewelry. Inside the brick-red storefront, co-owner Vicki Kinser helms interactive knitting classes, open knitting hours, and local benefits. Friends and Fiber’s monthly newsletter keeps customers up to date on upcoming events, interspersed with inspirational quotes from eloquent balls of yarn.
That Cute Little Shop outfits women in casual tops, dresses, and accessories in modern shapes and bright colors. The selection, while always changing, includes fashionable picks for teens, plus sizes, and even kids and babies, with mini items ranging from stylish bibs to backpacks in colorful prints. Summer might sees the racks lines with royal blue scalloped shift dresses or tanks in nautical stripes, while fall temperatures bring a replenished stock of seamless capri leggings in or monogrammed jackets. Speaking of monograms, the shop specializes in personalizing everything from boots to baby blankets, which they can do by adding special letters or numbers such as your initials, a nickname, or even your atomic weight.
Where prospectors once used the running waters of a river to search their hauls for gems and gold, Copperhead Creek Gem Mining Company employs a winding wooden sluice. Deputized geologists shovel scoops of raw material sourced from 12 mines into wire mesh sifters, allowing the current to carry off the dirt and reveal the colorful stones that lie within. The company also offers bags of mining rough that are likely to contain fossils and arrowheads, along with geodes that visitors can crack at home by using a hammer or throwing them really hard against a tree.