After graduating from the Duke University School of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Ana Benitez-Graham stayed inside the Triangle, completing her dermatology residency at the University of North Carolina. She is now a member of the North Carolina Medical Society and the American Society for Dermatological Surgery and a fellow with the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Benitez-Graham leads the staff at Central Carolina Skin & Dermatology on missions to streamline skin surfaces with laser services and conventional dermatology. Depending on symptoms and triggers, they can customize treatment plans to eradicate maladies such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis and to treat certain forms of skin cancer. Dr. Benitez-Graham also performs cosmetic procedures ranging from facial peels and spider-vein treatments to microdermabrasion, cosmetic injectables, and laser hair removal. The center stocks only professional products from brands such as Jane Iredale, Clarisonic, and SkinCeuticals, which are more effective than covering up skin problems with sale-price costume masks.
Tony, the owner of Bandido’s Mexican Cafe, learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family’s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate three Bandido’s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or sautéed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito—a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese—with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Durham location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Direct Tools Factory Outlet equips crafty builders with an ample supply of hardware, vacuums, grills, and table saws sourced directly from top manufacturers. Grilling and outdoor kitchen equipment from STOK provision barbecues and cookouts with juicy briskets and steaks through a steady supply of discontinued, reconditioned, and factory-overrun products—brand-new, unused equipment shipped directly from the assembly line after excess production or accidental cloning. Dirt Devil vacuums suction off contaminants from carpets and shop floors, while an arsenal of drills and table saws from Ryobi lends structural soundness to household projects with speedy efficiency and trusty precision.
La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano’s classic dishes have earned the eatery a long-standing award proudly displayed on the website: Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row, as voted by readers of the Times-News. At the start of each workday, the restaurant’s chefs fry the popular tortilla chips and whip up bowls of salsa. Then they get to work on such dishes as chicken simmered in a chipotle cream, char-grilled steak tacos, and spinach burritos.
Big Star Studios is run by a duo of best-friend photographers who capture models' personalities and emotions by taking time to get to know their clients in custom-tailored portrait sessions. Before the first shutter is snapped, the photographers befriend their subjects, sitting down to discuss hobbies, lifestyles, and fantasy football draft rankings. The informal chitchats are used to tailor the hour-long shoots, which can be held in the duo's newly opened studio or at a more personal location, such as a favorite ice cream shop, a park, or the backyard of a complacent neighbor. During the portrait sessions, friends, couples, and families are encouraged to relax and act naturally as the photographer's lens is focused on moments of joy, love, and laughter.
What's in a name? In the case of The Village Diner, everything you need to know. The biker-friendly eatery offers guests unpretentious, homestyle comfort. From its cushy, padded booths and chairs, customers call upon the friendly waitstaff for fluffy hot cakes and satisfying sandwiches. To sate the palates of more epicurean patrons, The Village Diner serves up sizzling steak and seafood. And five days a week, stomach grumblings turn to purrs of pleasure thanks to the diner's various buffet specials.