Nook and Cranny Ceramics fills its studio with a variety of blank sculptures and figurines. These are like blank checks for visiting artists, who can fill out their values by decorating them in creative layers of paint. Pots take on prismatic designs, building replicas get fresh coats, and giraffe statuettes come to life, demanding feedings of glazed clay leaves. The shop also offers Saturday classes for kids.
The Sable Nargile's name translates into English as "the black hookah," evoking both the spot's status as a hookah caf? and its relaxed nightclub atmosphere. An array of flavored-tobacco options provide exotic hookah pairings for the caf?'s nightly events and a smoke screen to throw off any spies hot in pursuit. Events range from appearances by local DJs, who fill the space with pop and electronic beats, to screenings of soccer matches and other live sporting events.
Working with professional models and companies such as Hooters and Budweiser has taught Craig Davis much about the art of glamour photography. Though his customers range from high-profile swimsuit companies to individuals looking to jumpstart their modeling careers, Craig sticks to a simple principle in all his shoots: make his models look as good as possible.
He is aided in his efforts by an 18,000-square-foot studio that houses a massive 20-foot white wall and an 18-foot green screen. These backdrops are just a few of the key ingredients to the exotic sets he devises; others include professional studio strobes and soft boxes designed to perfectly illuminate the glint in his models’ eyes and the intricate designs on their oversize Christmas sweaters.
The studio specializes in sexy glamour and boudoir photography, but Craig can also snap dashing photos of high-school seniors and family portraits. Though his casual, informal demeanor does a good job of hiding it during photo shoots, his meticulous attention to detail comes through when he retouches photos to enhance skin tone and, in the case of boudoir sessions, counteract the effects of fogged-up lenses.
Aio Wireless is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Buskirk. In a former life, she acted as Senior Vice President of Mobility Strategy for AT&T, where her performance earned her enough trust from the higher-ups that they asked her to run their new company: Aio Wireless. Her new joint venture retains all of the reliability of AT&T's 4G/LTE network, but gives folks a chance to break free of contractual shackles with a pay-as-you-go plan. In fact, the whole process has been streamlined. Aio lets clients use their own cell phone rather than buying a new one with unlimited talk, text, and data plans.
Despite the cutting edge gadgetry and the reliable network, however, the stores' approach to technology is more than just practical. Their array of phone cases, for example, brighten iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias in neon hues. Their earbud headphones, meanwhile, let phone owners play their tunes on the go without schlepping their tuba everywhere.
Funtown Family-Center's 30,000-square-foot facility echoes with the shrieks and hollers emanating from kids as they careen across the gleaming hardwood ellipse of the roller rink or beneath the black lights of the laser-tag arena. An inflatable obstacle course and indoor playground quarantines hopping youngsters in between cafe-fare feasts beneath beach murals. An arcade offers a selection of video games, and a personal hostess oversees each Fun Town party, helping wrangle attendees as they launch endeavors fueled by pizza and celebratory cupcakes.
Cathy Morris has spent 35 years of running restaurants, and she knows how to keep her customers happy. At Swagger's Southern Style Eatery, where she mans the griddle as the owner and operator, she'll cook you a burger in the morning or a three-egg omelet at lunch, as breakfast is served till 3 p.m.?whatever the meal, no one goes home hungry. That is especially the case with the breakfast specialty platter The Lumberjack, with two eggs, two pancakes, three meats, and home fries, as well as with The Bunkhouse, a five-ounce sirloin served alongside eggs and a camp counselor that makes sure you're asleep before 10 p.m.
The lunch and dinner options are equally enticing: Soups and salads balance out entrees such as Southern-fried smoked chicken and homemade meatloaf with red sauce. Bookending the main courses are appetizers such as hot wings and desserts such as homemade cobbler, bookend the main courses.