A saying emblazoned on the ceiling of Bonapit Smoke House reads: "If there ain't no wood, it ain't no good!" The ovens in the kitchen would agree—they're stocked with applewood made for slow-roasting a variety of meats, which derive even more flavor from the dry rubs chefs slather on beforehand. Plates of St. Louis ribs, beef brisket, and sausages arrive with corn muffins and corn on the cob, though diners can also savor their meats in signature sandwiches served with homemade kettle chips. Barbecue style even inspires the seafood, such as the wood-fired salmon glazed in a raspberry barbecue sauce. Steaks, wraps, and salads round out the menu for a break from entirely smoky fare, but the environment keeps up with the rustic cuisine, as columns of exposed brick and cherry-colored wood mirror the down-home charm that flavors each entrée.
It's unlikely that the same outfit would be assembled twice at Angelique's Boutique. The staff regularly updates its collection of women's fashions, sourcing eye-catching jewelry, shoes, clothes, and accessories. On a typical day, the shop's racks and shelves might reveal everything from skirts and strapless dresses to embellished vests. This eclectic selection, along with the staff's helpful suggestions, allows customers to easily come up with their own looks. In this way, the staff hopes the outfits that emerge from their dressing rooms serve as visual expressions of each customer's personality.
However, a trip to the boutique isn’t necessary to start dreaming up wardrobes. Angelique's Boutique's fashion experts update their Facebook page regularly with photos of the latest arrivals.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning?s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
When Dr. Mary Peterson examines a patient, she doesn't see a person with an ailment but instead sees "a person wanting to take back control of their temple, their body." Keeping her patients' feelings in mind helps the doctor personalize treatment plans that will comfortably address their problems. These plans usually incorporate a blend of chiropractic care and acupuncture to improve nerve function and boost the body's innate ability to heal itself. Inside Dr. Peterson's private treatment rooms, a staff of aestheticians complements the doctor's curative therapies with relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials, and comforting bear-hugs.
Five of the staff members at Headlines Salon & Spa have been pampering clients there for more than a decade—one as long as 23 years. Their dedication to relaxation and aesthetics is evident in their services, which range from specialty facials and peels to soothing hot-stone massages and body wraps. They also customize packages that prep brides-to-be for their big days, protecting nails with no-chip manicures, gathering hair into custom updos, and strategically positioning veils to conceal antennae. Wooden fixtures and a distressed-copper sculpture of the sun make the space as warm and welcoming as the people who work there.
Dr. Amjad Safvi has spent more than 15 years in the medical field focusing on vascular issues, particularly varicose and spider veins. He now oversees Advanced Vein Treatment & Cosmetic Center, where he and his caring staff treat patients to complimentary consultations before administering laser, radio-frequency, and sclerotherapy vein treatments along with a host of other aesthetic treatments. The facility’s laser collection, the high-tech cherry on its med-spa sundae, allows the staff to showcase hair-removal, anti-aging, and facial-rejuvenation treatments that round out a crowded roster that includes SkinMedica chemical peels, Botox injections, and fillers that can last up to five years.