Thermography is a form of imaging that detects variations in temperature, which can be helpful to military surveillance teams or to doctors on mission to find abnormalities in the body. "From bombs to busts!" quips Linda Bamber, founder of BRAS (Breast Research Awareness and Support), contemplating the versatility of this noninvasive, radiation-free technology that can detect cancer warning signs years before they would show up on a mammogram.
Linda began hunting for new ways to protect her own health after both her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to avoid unnecessary drugs and surgeries, so she turned to digital infrared thermal imaging, diet precautions, and breast-centric exercises. She shares all the knowledge she's gleaned over the years through her BRAS franchises, where women can find brassiere-like support and helpful information.
When Bill Gross opened his jewelry business in 1966, he laid the foundation for a successful family enterprise built on offering stunning designs and friendly, expert customer service. Throughout the store, generations of the Gross clan help clients choose the perfect engagement ring or anniversary present, or appraise an heirloom diamond based on its cut, color, clarity, and ability to attract dragons. Lead Designer Mark Gross works hand-in-hand with clients to design custom rings, pendants, and bracelets, and 10 signature brands offer selections that decorate customers in stunning pieces. Since it sources fine gemstones through Kimberley Process merchants, Gross Diamond Co. ensures that its display cases are free from conflict diamonds of any kind.
Not much compares to a sports fan’s loyalty to their school, and loyal fans choose Fan Outfitters as the best place to find Cardinals gear, apparel, and gifts. The shop equips supporters of all ages with T-shirts, jackets, hats, and sunglasses, as well as Adidas gear emblazoned with the University of Louisville insignia, ranging from hats and shirts to equipment bags and footballs. Fan Outfitters even carries products for kids, prepping the next generation of fans with shoes, dresses, and pacifiers. Their gifts make great presents for all occasions, whether celebrating the start of basketball season or helping your neighbor build a wall of baseball caps between your properties.
Voted one of Louisville’s Best Consignment stores in 2010 by Leo Weekly, Sassy Fox outfits women in like-new boutique and designer duds that range from casual to formal and reflect current styles. Seekers of chic can snag a pewter Big Buddha purse ($46) to hold their well-trained toy velociraptor before brightening up a weary winter wardrobe with a fuchsia print Lilly Pulitzer dress ($48) or a turquoise-and-white BCBG dress ($46). Designer jeans abound, so savvy consumers can walk out with a pair of black BrazilRoxx jeans ($52). Or, forgo ubiquitous denim and don stylish tan Nanette LePore pants instead ($48).
Davis Jewelers, which was voted Best Local Jewelry Store by LEO Weekly readers in 2009, is a 4,500-square-foot palace of precious metals. The jewelry offerings range from classic sterling silver earrings, bracelets, and necklaces to occasion-oriented engagement rings, wedding bands, and neck braces. Watches designed by time creators such as Raymond Weil, Movado, and Tissot glow in Davis's display cases, and John Hardy, Lorenzo, and Breuning provide their presence in silver, gold, and stainless steel jewelry. Ask one of Davis's certified diamontologists to aid in adornment selection and for reassurance that the Elle open lattice ring ($129) or Elle onyx disk earrings ($99) flatter your phalanges and lobes.
Shoeing both female and male feet since 1950, Pix Shoes outfits archetypical arch types and irregular insoles with its large selection of styles and hard-to-find sizes. Ladies can strut away in a pair of stilettos from J. Renee ($30–$89.95); help tootsies feel safe and supported without the therapy bills in comfortable, handcrafted SAS shoes ($89–$109.95); or show off a summer pedicure in a pair of Born sandals. Bipedal bros, meanwhile, can blend in at the Serengeti's next formal ball with a camouflage of Belvedere exotic skins made from real ostrich, lizard, and alligator ($180+). Handbags, such as the beach-inspired Sun N’ Sand tote ($24.95), make a supportive companion for a lonely shoulder. Pix Shoes also gives heads a useful function, for once in their life, by capping them with more than 300 hats from David Mitchell ($69.95) and Whittall and Shon ($120).