Only in Kentucky equips natives and visitors alike with Kentucky-themed collectables, from University of Kentucky Wildcats merchandise to culinary items such as cookbooks and sauces. Shoppers can bathe under the watchful eyes of 100%-polyester felines with a UK shower curtain ($13.99), or accessorize the side-view mirrors of hatchbacks, SUVs, and vintage Batmobiles with logoed mirror covers ($21.99). Filled with classic Southern recipes, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook imparts instruction on how to craft bourbon-inspired masterpieces ($24.95), while spicy salsas and barbecue sauces provide an extra kick to meals ($3.95–$15.95). Metal emblem shot glasses ($5.99) infuse each beverage with a Bluegrass-State amusement as traditional as horse, car, or squirrel races.
Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Every thigh- or torso-transformer is equipped with the CurvesSmart personal-coaching system, which uses programmed information on weight, endurance level, and fitness goals to automatically calibrate the perfect challenge for individual bodies. The CurvesSmart system also delivers a postworkout rundown on the strength built and progress achieved during each session. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and to squirt overheated guests with a Super Soaker.
Baby Belly's passionate staff enliven weary hands and feet with all-natural, pregnancy-safe products during a spa mani-pedi. After cannon-balling into a therapeutic soak to kick off the pedicure, freshly exfoliated feet and lower legs are massaged with hot stones to banish aches. Then, paw pamperers rub limbs with peppermint tea tree foot balm to soften soles and arnica gel to reduce swelling.
Respect, communication, and discipline are all integral parts of parenting, but families are messy by nature. A method that works for one child may fail when applied to another. That's why Lexington Therapy's highly educated therapists lead group parenting workshops. Over the course of three classes, they cover everything parents need to know, from demonstrating responsibility to encouraging and motivating their kids.
The parenting classes represent a mere branch of Lexington Therapy. The team there is well versed in practically every worldly struggle: the loss of a loved one, marriage, and divorce. But, sometimes life becomes unmanageable even without a major event. That's when therapists will step in with regular counseling sessions to help their clients get to the root of everyday problems and work toward fixing them.
From Bob Dylan and President George Bush to beloved pet beagles, photographer Mark has captured subjects of all sorts with a practiced eye honed at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Today, Mark operates an extensive photo complex with his wife, Stella. Outside, his portrait garden frames couples, families, and tots with ponds and waterfalls. Inside, he uses some 50 different backgrounds to set the stage for indoor shoots, which include tempestuous but tasteful Red Door Divas boudoir images. Stella helps ladies accessorize for the shots, which can range from retro-styled pinup poses to head shots that highlight the sitter's facial features. Whatever type of image he's crafting, Mark can lend prints a more artistic bent by altering them to fit the style of oil or watercolor paintings.