While the beauty professionals at Nu Aura Medical Spa concede that they cannot stop aging altogether, they perform aesthetic services that counter and abate its effects. A squad of doctors, physician's assistants, and licensed aestheticians wields ultramodern technology wands as it neutralizes spider veins, ousts unwanted hair, and smoothes the face. The specialists customize each treatment to the client, and bilingual staff members can consult with them in both English and Spanish.
With 18,000 square feet of boarding facilities and 10 park-like spaces for pups to romp in, the Academy of Canine Behavior is a true pet-care destination. Dogs bunk down with the staff of trainers and behaviorists for the signature five-week Board and Train program, during which they learn proper manners, such as how to share toys, greet guests, and do their own taxes. Both boarding and daycare guests frolic in indoor or outdoor dog runs during the day, and cats can daydream about enemy birds in their own exclusive area. Owners can also schedule sessions with the on-site groomer, who has experience with hard-to-handle animals, especially those who insist on doing their own makeup.
The staff at Martina's Cleaning puts unclean homes through the rinse cycle with fast and efficient housecleaning services. In a flurry of scrubber bubbles, a licensed technician can sanitize bathrooms, wipe dust from surfaces, and restore windows to a sparkling transparency. Homeowners can also request a specialty one-time cleanup when their aquarium-mounted dartboard yields disaster.
The amiable staff at Elegant Details, ranked one of the area's best gift shops, stocks the boutique with home embellishments, candles, kitchenware, and women's apparel. Peruse the assortment of Archipelago candles ($22) and Lepi de Provence French soaps ($5.95) to add a fresh fragrance to any home or cyberspace, or adorn coffee tables with a set of four Marble coasters ($17). Wine glasses ($10) and candles in a wine cork motif ($12) can clothe a bare bar, while a ruffle glass cake stand ($20) and linens ($9–$20) decorate drab kitchens. Give a vintage burlap journal to a jotting jet setter or use it to record the number of consecutive days the local meteorologist inaccurately predicted gravy showers.
Carolina Smoke's pitmasters release bold, succulent taste bursts with a slow-smoked menu of down-home eats. All meats are hand-rubbed and eye-watched, never pre-cloaked in flavor-smothering sauces or frowny-face masks. Sink teeth into the tender beef-brisket sandwich ($10) or delve deep into the flavor furnace with a prime rib ($21). Diners can further slake smoky cravings with a half or full rack of baby-back ribs ($14, $22) or feed famished fingers a gratifying grip of hot wings ($10). The restaurant's policy of allowing eaters to add their own sauce permits patrons to customize flavoring and ink unique impressions on napkin and facial canvases. Behind the eatery's shingled sides and white shutters, dining-room guests can bookend bites with sips of Carolina sweet tea.