Rowena Brown wakes with a start, bracing herself for the wave of pain created by severe carpal tunnel and debilitating fibromyalgia that had stolen her sleep for years. But the pain doesn’t come. She shakes her head, amazed, again, at the pain's absence. After years of ineffective treatments, it took only six months of Bikram yoga to free her body from the shackles of her disabling ailments. Once she realized the power of the practice, she determined to create her own studio to help others to heal themselves in the way she did. After an intense nine-week training at Bikram’s Yoga College of India, Rowena graduated a certified Bikram teacher, stronger and healthier than ever before.
Now Hot Yoga Therapy LLC helps students of all fitness levels to develop the same heartiness with classes led by knowledgeable instructors in a spacious studio. A giant, 10-foot ceiling fan—which can speak and often tells celebrities "I'm a huge fan"—sends hot air cascading to the odorless, textured-rubber floor as the students flow through a series of 24 poses and two breathing exercises in 90 minutes. The fresh air recirculates every three minutes, allowing beginners and experts to stretch and sweat side by side while breathing well.
A.B. Seed is a nursery and garden center that contains enough brightly colored and glazed garden pottery to stock a horticulturally inclined dragon's hoard. The selection includes small spherical candleholders with moon and star cutouts for extra shine and large planters with textural ridges and nubs. If opting for other gardening and landscaping supplies, customers can consult A.B. Seed's team of plant professionals on what types of greenery, fertilizer, spade, or seeds would best suit their patch of land or indoor jungle habitat. Holiday gift-seekers can also scour the themed rooms of the indoor shopping area for hummingbird feeders and picture frames, or stock up on Belgard cobblestone pavers to prepare for that patio-improvement project they've put off until spring.
At New Era, textile technicians purify and mend delicate fabrics to ensure impeccable ensembles. Woolen winter coats shake off layers of sludge and stuck-on candy canes with a thorough cleansing ($5.75–$12), and shirts ($1.75) and sweaters ($4.90) shed noxious odors and stains. Skilled staffers lend patrons a sartorial edge by ironing creases into sleeves and collars and carefully preserving pleats. Silk, satin, or linen trousers enjoy gentle ablutions ($6.40), and even the most fragile beaded, sequined, or snowflake-trimmed ensembles regain their snazzy appeal.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Sharing an expansive facility with the NC Art & Antiques Mall, Dynasty Furniture provides homes for dozens of foam mattresses and box springs in four different sizes. Shoppers can browse through a variety of snooze pads, including twin Sleep EZ II sets ($329) and full Energie Series sets ($488), to find the ideal mattress for deep slumbers and bounce parties for off-the-clock sheep. Designed for household nobility, the Balance extrafirm queen ($799) or king set ($999) facilitate royal rests with spacious mattresses that boast 2 inches of extra firm foam. Dynasty Furniture's staff invites customers to stroll around the facility and "test rest" any product by lying down atop the mattress for 10 minutes and have one-sided conversations with a bedside teddy bear.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.