At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
William Henry Salon boasts more than 60 years of tress-trimming expertise. Stylists perform a slew of hair-helping services for men ($17+), women ($30+), kids ($15+, aged 10 and under), and lifelike Chia Pets, all with the aid of upscale products from Redken and Pureology. The salon wields a line of fancy follicle fixes such as the frizz-banishing keratin treatment, which smoothes strands and varies in cost depending on hair length and density ($200+). Visitors can also opt to transform looks with all-over color ($70+), a wave-making treatment ($70+), or a classy updo, perfect for summer weddings, graduations, or black-tie pig pickings ($45+).
Embracing the principals of prevention, correction, and maintenance in order to safeguard natural beauty, internationally trained owner Parvin Amiri fetes clients with a miscellany of health-conscious treatments in the spa's elegantly comfortable, multihued confines. Ride the fast train to the express treatment facial ($50), or get your visage passport stamped with the European facial, which exfoliates and revitalizes your mug to dizzying heights of continental allure (starting at $60). Waxing services abound for overly stranded lips ($10) and under-arched eyebrows ($20). Don a women's Brazilian bikini ($60) or defuzz underarms ($25), half arms ($25), or full arms ($45) in time for hairless waving competitions. Eyebrow tints enhance facial expressions ($18), and eyelash tints add drama to eye curtains, taking peepers from demure to dazzling and diminishing the need for mascara or ink painstakingly applied with a feather quill ($25).
Hollie, the lady behind Sugar Diva's Custom Cakes, bakes fresh, homemade treats from fine ingredients. The business specializes in custom cakes for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, fashioning them with multiple tiers, elegant accouterments, and stunning designs. They also specialize in smaller treats, which range from gooey chocolate chip cookies and brownies to cupcakes, chocolate fudge, made-to-order pies, and old-fashioned candies.
Paddles churn the crystal waters as a rainbow of boards slips silently across the surface of Mountain Island Lake. The shoreline, dappled with trees that shiver with cavorting wildlife, falls away behind the board's passengers as they stand in the middle of the aquatic expanse. Though the view is much different from the oceanic coastlines more commonly associated with the sport, the meditative calm and athletic challenge remain.
With roots in Hawaiian culture, the unique method of riding a board takes advantage of the surfer's panoramic viewpoint and ability to avoid far-off swells and bossy tugboats. The act of constantly balancing and paddling, while simple, tones core muscles and enables participants to silently observe surrounding wildlife. Sup Charlotte keeps adventurers afloat on Riviera boards, which they sell and use in lessons to keep riders of all experience levels gliding more gracefully than swans looking for parking.
• For $20, you get a one-day single-passenger kayak rental (a $40 value). • For $100, you get a four-hour pontoon boat rental (up to a $200 value). A $300 down payment is required upon time of visit, and will be fully refunded once the boat is returned. Pontoon operators must be 21 or older, and operators 21–26 must show proof of NC boating safety course.