At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare (typically $4.99 per person), filling bellies like a pouch-stuffing kangaroo preparing to weather the harsh Australian winter. Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.
Merle Norman Day Spa and Boutique's beauty specialists are the three graces of the Merle Norman brand, whose American-made tonics have nourished skin since 1931. Owner Shannon Burroughs Mangrum leads the trio with more than a decade of experience and two diplomas folded into an imposing origami saber. Relying on her clinical aesthetics degree from Jon Nave University, she safely blends rejuvenating chemical compounds into five types of facial peels, and mans mechanical devices that gently exfoliate dead skin or cover it in bronzer. Her degree in permanent cosmetics from the Texas Institute of Permanent Cosmetics focused on the OSHA and CDC safety guidelines for an art that helps those with allergies, loss of motor abilities, or a lack of free time create enduring beauty. Associate Alyssa lends her nimble fingers to more conventional makeovers that will wash off after nights out under a waterfall, as well as treatments that create smooth skin all over the body and relaxed muscles underneath.
Mary Michael Gifts carries more than 30 brands, including Trollbeads, which Mary Michael Gifts peddles as the area's only Gold Level Trollbeads retailer. Shoppers can personalize a set of Trollbeads ($28+), embroider key chains ($12), try on a pair of Aroma Home slippers ($25), or embroider the name of a favorite sandwich on any one of Mary Michael’s collections of duffle bags, baby bibs, backpacks, and totes. Mary Michael Gifts, located in a converted residential house, will wrap all purchases for free.
Tell us about your business.
I'm a well-known guitar teacher on the internet who provides lessons for people in Smyrna, Tennessee and all over the globe, using Skype and FaceTime video-conferencing platforms.
What makes your business stand out?
[I give] quality instruction, with 10 plus years of one-on-one [teaching] experience.
What inspired you (or the owner) to start or run this business?
I always wanted a music store growing up. After working for a music store, I realized that the real money is made in the servicing department. I'm very gifted on the guitar, and not every great guitarist has the communication edge and ability to teach. Some of my musical influences are Tommy Emmanuel, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and John Mayer.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
When [a student] says they can't, yet they do after a little coaching.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing people's lives enriched through learning music.
The amply stocked shelves at Jerry's Artarama provide artists of every ilk with specialty supplies to realize visions, or custom framing to sheath already-created artwork or photography in style. Lukas 1862 oil colors ($4.29–$47.99)—imported from Germany and beloved by Vincent Van Gogh—lend projects alluring hues that come in 37- or 200-milliliter tubes; a dozen Raffiné graphite pencils ($7.19) fill paper with monochromatic shades or serve as makeshift chopsticks. Sets of five Rhapsody Kolinsky sable-hair brushes ($69.99) tickle canvases with spill-proof points that are responsive, resilient, and attached to polished-wood handles by chrome-plated brass ferrules. The selection boggles eyes and inspires projects as shoppers stroll or cartwheel down aisles brimming with high-quality supplies that are often missing from larger craft stores.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.