A goofy grin. A couple of happy wedding tears. A newborn’s wonder-filled gaze. To Allison Jayne Meder, every moment is magic, and she captures the best of them through the lens of her trusty camera. She honed her skills for documenting memories while studying photojournalism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but it’s her lifelong passion for authenticity that allows her to recognize and freeze the most meaningful emotions. She draws out these emotions during laid-back portrait sessions for families, couples, kids, and moms-to-be. To give her photos an extra touch of the dramatic, she scouts eye-catching locales and works with exquisitely composed close-ups as well as panoramas. She also adds polish to the final product with digital retouching services, ensuring that colors pop, light softens, and least-favorite cousins are airbrushed away for flawless magazine-quality productions.
Twenty years. While it doesn’t seems like an especially long time span, the kitchen and home remodeling industry has made its own evolution in the last two decades, both in design and in a move toward greener products. The designers at Timeless Kitchen Design have flexed their skills along with the changing times, always providing their clients with fresh designs that work within their visions for their homes. Among the designers' specialties, they can also make recommendations on environmentally conscious materials, from floors to cabinets and appliances.
Staffed by a dozen licensed and certified trainers, physical therapists, and dietitians, Excel Body Fitness presents clients with the tools and knowledge needed for every facet of physical fitness. Members can reserve spots in any of Excel’s traditional fitness classes—such as cycling, TRX, and Zumba—or sign up for the X-Series program. Pioneered by Excel, the program features a foundation of four innovative workouts: X-Energy (a combination of boot camp, CrossFit, and gladiator training), X-Commando (concentrated strength training), X-Plosive (martial-arts-based regimens), and X-Fusion (core strength and balance).
Cut and delivered weekly from Little Switzerland Tree Farm in Spruce Pine, the living décor at JD Christmas Trees rings in the holiday season with crisp pine scents and verdant, ornament grasping needles. Grade A, hand-selected fraser firs fill homes with towering 6’ ($70+) to 10’ ($100+) tannenbaums, spacious enough to accommodate extensive ornament collections and homemade decorations made from W2 forms. Small ($40), medium ($45), and large ($50) bases from Ultimate Christmas Tree Stands stabilize arboreal housemates, and decorative wreaths ($30+) bring the Christmas spirit to doorways like a band of caroling ghostbusters.
A part of the Maximized Living network, Doctor of Chiropractic Kenneth LaDue aims to improve nervous systems and spinal health via gentle adjustments at his Cary office. Advanced equipment, such as thermography scans and digital x-rays, provide him with the means to locate areas of inflammation and deeper underlying issues, before he customizes each client’s treatment plan. Dr. LaDue is also on hand to provide clients with at-home exercises, nutritional advice, and well-being pep talks.