It's probably fitting that Gary Ross's artwork eventually melts, since it would take acres of gallery space to display it all. Using his chainsaw, the master ice sculptor creates approximately 5,000 pieces annually, almost one for every day of the year. At Charleston Ice Sculptures, Mr. Ross turns his customers' imaginations into 32-degree reality. He transforms ice into everything from animal sculptures, to corporate logos, to drink luges that pour and cool beverages simultaneously.
Susan Hyatt leads a double life. A fitness guru whose workout DVDs have been lauded in Self magazine, Hyatt has also spent 15 years performing with rock bands throughout the U.K. and the U.S. Her training with American Idol vocal coach Ron Anderson and her DJ gig at Mp3 TV have qualified her to coach students in music theory, diaphragm control while singing, and playing guitar, bass, or piano with their teeth. Hyatt's dual talents have coalesced into the Rockstar Workout, equal parts musical training and group exercise. She also teaches sessions that focus exclusively on either music or fitness.
At HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab, staff members work with clients to develop written individual action plans to treat joint and muscle pain. A tailored treatment can blend attention from chiropractors, massage therapists, and progressive rehabilitation staff to leverage the diverse benefits of a variety of modalities in the same visit. All staffers are trained to educate clients about chiropractic care's role in overall physical well-being, using a nifty song that helps you remember what the hipbone is connected to—a USB port.
Of dogs, Mark Twain once said, “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” Cats, he claimed, were “the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know.” Most pet owners think like Twain—believing their pets to exist somewhere between royalty and deity. Nicola and Chris Salt, owners of The Grooming Room Pet Spa LLC, aim to treat each furry client accordingly, and will work with all breeds, from purebreds to dogs they suspect are actually small men in dog suits.
The Salts approach each treatment like it’s their first, meticulously gathering background information on each new pet before they proceed. Then, within their clean, cheerful salon, they spruce up cats and dogs with comprehensive baths, hot-oil treatments, and facials. Client comfort is their top priority, so they tailor treatments to give extra table time to seniors and to calm nervous animals. The proprietors also aim for environmental friendliness, with a hand-selected collection of all-natural products from top brands such as Eagle Pack, Angels' Eyes, and Dead Sea Mineral Mud treatment.
The staff at Gullah Crematories help bereaved pet owners commemorate their faithful companions with respectful, professional cremation services. As pet owners themselves, the team vows to "handle each pet as delicately as if they were our own." They demonstrate their commitment to compassion by assigning pets with an identification tag, as well as helping owners pick out appropriate urns, keepsake jewelry, and gravesite markers.