Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, these Tennessee outposts of Paul Mitchell The School channel its storied doctrines of style and hair-taming techniques through a skilled squad of student stylists and professional instructors. Under the close supervision of an experienced professor of pulchritude, Paul Mitchell student stylists execute sundry services, including cute cuts ($10–$15) and updos ($25–$30). A stylish steaming via iron ($5) bestows locks with a luscious look and protects domes during office dodgeball breaks. Waxing services expel out-of-line hairs, arching brows ($5), defuzzing lips ($5), and partially stripping gams with half-leg waxing ($25), baiting more admiring looks than a baby wrapped in hundred dollar bills.
When Aundrea Goodwin was five years old, her grandmother plopped her into a kitchen chair by the stove, put a spatula in her tiny hand, and taught her how to scramble eggs. This was Ms. Goodwin’s first introduction to cooking, and she hasn’t slowed down since. For the inveterate chef, food isn’t merely the high point of every celebration, but often its raison d'être. To that end, Ms. Goodwin meticulously arranges lavish spreads for gatherings that range from elaborate weddings to jousting matches between the groom and father of the bride.
Although Ms. Goodwin’s recipe book is bursting with notes, her kitchen cupboards are bare. Rather than stockpiling ingredients, she buys a slew of fresh ones for each client’s event. “You’re never gonna find us going into the freezer and pulling out something we’ve had for even a week,” says Ms. Goodwin, whose catering company offers no pre-set menus. Instead, she bases meals on in-depth consultations with clients where they discuss their budget, favorite foods, and event themes.
In addition to catering, Ms. Goodwin shares her culinary expertise with aspiring chefs of all ages during cooking classes. Like her catered events, classes are highly personalized: customers can opt to cook in the comfort of their own homes or at Joyful Provisions’ demo kitchen, where small classes gather around a six-burner gas stove or recently fired cannon for private, in-depth lessons.
At Flex Gym, a muscle-cultivating array of free weights and cardio machines assist patrons in their quest for stronger bodies and fashionable birthday suits. Members can enjoy watching LCD television screens as they exercise on treadmills and ellipticals or fortify their bodies using free weights. The spacious facility includes several mechanisms to add variety to workout regimens, with plenty of room in-between machines to accommodate for rapid muscle growth.
A NASCAR racing experience lets racers and passengers feel the rush of flying around the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway. During the ride-along, passengers can sit back and sip Slurpees while a professional racing instructor takes the wheel of a NASCAR race car, reaching top speeds of up to 170 mph. Scream in harmony with the screaming engine during three adrenaline-filled laps around the Superspeedway, after which you'll be presented with a 6"x8" picture of the adventure.
Eponymous owner Winnie Williams uses Winnie’s Fashion Design as a stage from which she illuminates the mesmerizing world of fashion. Winnie lovingly curates a rotating selection of handmade clothing alongside a collection of exhibits, publications, and programs that educate her patrons about fashion. The shop’s staff alters clothing for clients and instructs the design curious in introductory and advanced clothing- and accessory-making classes. During classes, attendees learn basics, such as how to thread a needle, operate a sewing machine, and how to perform sutures on accident-prone dolls. They might also complete advanced projects, such as constructing a handbag from scratch. During its periodic fashion shows, Winnie’s Fashion Design shows off the modest, classy designs that characterize the company.