At Ideal Dentistry, Dr. Christian W. Hahn specializes in cosmetic dentistry and dedicates himself to performing handcrafted cosmetic techniques that imbue refurbished smiles with a natural and realistic appearance. When patients arrive, they're escorted to a private consultation room to meet with the doctor and discuss their desired results. After a "quick-look" exam and a few digital photographs, the doctor will help the patient determine which dental tests and treatments should follow on their next visit.
The doctor demonstrates his compassion for patients and commitment to health by using safe, advanced dental technology. He also uses safe and aesthetically pleasing compounds such as white composite and porcelain. So dedicated is Dr. Hahn to the use of natural ingredients in dentistry, he is the founder and president of Dr. Hahn?s Naturals, which exists for the sole purpose of replacing harmful chemicals with natural dental products. In addition, technologies such as digital x-rays spare patients the radiation exposure and anachronistic lectures of traditional x-ray equipment.
As RHC Riding Academy’s head trainer, Erin Reid shares a passion for horses that began when her family founded RHC in 1985. A devotee to all things equine since age 5, Erin quickly caught onto the finer points of riding and has instructed students for the past 19 years. Barn manager Debra Reid, who discovered her life’s passion while growing up in Kentucky, managed 70 horses at a breeding facility in Southern California and unites her experience with Erin's. Together they oversee nine horses, several of which are Arabians—prized for their distinctive beauty and superior intellects.
Students come to the facility from all backgrounds to learn proper saddling and riding techniques. Erin supplements her technical training with lessons in horse psychology, helping students bond with steeds or to get them to open up about complex relationships with their mothers. Horses in need of discipline or a hay-filled couch on which to crash can be boarded and trained at the facility, which boasts box stalls, an indoor riding arena, and a large outdoor arena.
Justin and Kristin Gilbert spent three years in Italy, visiting gelaterie in more than 20 cities to mine artisanal secrets before opening their own shop. In choreographed musical numbers, the duo handcraft dense, flavor-packed gelato in small batches using local milk and fresh fruit. From a repertoire of more than 100 recipes, Justin and Kristin curate 20 flavors at a time. Past and present flavors include poached-pear zinfandel, orange-ginger dairy-free sorbetto, and chocolate orange?one of Justin's favorites, according to a feature in Louisville Magazine. Delicate cr?pes conceal Nutella or lemon and sugar. The cozy shop also sends forth its mobile cart to cater office snack breaks, weddings with as many as 2000 guests, and Roman legions on the march.
Enesa Seremet, who has globetrotted as an international skincare specialist and earned a postgraduate CIDESCO degree in aesthetics, now helms Enesa Skin Institute, a center that specializes in European beauty treatments. In addition to using techniques from overseas, Seremet imports holistic products such as French wax. Unlike standard hot wax, this Parisian product warms in response to body heat rather than freelancing hibachi grills and avoids burning skin as it gently strips away stubble. Dried herbs and spices combine to create masks for six-procedure facials, soaking skin in natural vitamins and minerals. Each session starts with a personal consultation, and early patrons wait for their aesthetician in a yellow waiting room with Victorian-style couches and armchairs.
Shiny golden spheres congregate by a cozy fireplace inside Arata Sushi's dining room. Though they're attached to the wall, they seem to drift across space like tiny suns or undersea bubbles. Perhaps they're an homage to the fish that comprise the restaurant's colorful sushi lineup, which the Courier-Journal has dubbed "highly imaginative." In the kitchen, chefs whorl fresh seafood with rice and veggies to form more than 45 types of maki. Several rolls, such as the Cardinal, showcase fruits such as kiwis and strawberries alongside savory ingredients such as fried shrimp and cream cheese. At the bar, diners can sip wine and sake while watching the chefs slice bright-orange salmon and tuna as red as a comet wearing a clown nose.
Even if you think you know what you want going into Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, you might find yourself lingering over the store's other selections. Everywhere you look, round dispensers teem with Jelly Belly jellybeans, gummy candies, and M&M's. Tubs of Tootsie Rolls, and Pixy Stix fill the floors, and fresh-made fudge and gourmet caramel apples line display cases. There?s also old fashioned and one-of-a-kind sodas to quench thirsts, toy bubblegum machines to fill goody bags, and PEZ dispensers to teach children about intellectual-property licensing. All of these items, along with a selection of Hello Kitty, TY, and Ganz toys, make excellent holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or snacks for shopping marathons.