Trey and Mamie Herron of Skinny's Nutrition Studio—which was given a shout-out by Well-Being] magazine—work to make fitness something that touches each part of daily life. They host healthy happy hours, lead excursions into the outdoors, and fuel it all with protein-based meals and wellness plans. In the shop, glasses line the counters beneath verdigris walls, brimming with 41 smoothie flavors, aloe shots, and energy-boosting teas, and patrons discuss fitness goals after wellness assessments. Weight-loss challenges harness the healthy powers of competition, unlike a friend who claims to be able to swallow more Legos.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Certified dance instructors who have trained with Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, and the National Dance Council of America impart ballroom, Latin, and swing moves to dancers in all-level and wedding-specific courses. The main ballroom's mammoth disco ball, grown from a sequin planted on the roof, tosses light across a blacked-out ceiling that, along with high-tech lighting, fosters a nightclub atmosphere during weekly dance parties.
McGraw Rental loans a cornucopia of equipment to constructive customers looking to boost their home's appearance or function. Grill monarchs can reign over far-reaching barbecue provinces by loading up on propane, which friendly, skillful employees inject into bottles using half the number of crazy straws required by amateurs. Essential and diverse hardware and home supplies include double A batteries ($2.69/4-pack), 7 1/4-inch Marathon circular blades ($9.95 each), and crossfire safety glasses ($9.99) that shield eyes from everyday projectiles and low-flying commercial airliners. Brown jersey gloves ($1.69) protect snow-sensitive fingertips, and duct tape ($4.49/roll) miraculously mends serious structural problems plaguing shoddily constructed mansions.
At three locations throughout Mississippi, Humidor & Havana Cigars' display cases brim over with more than 100 different boxes of premium hand-rolled cigars from esteemed manufacturers such as Alec Bradley, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Macanudo, Cohiba, Padron, Acid, and Perdomo. Humidors, cutters, lighters, carrying cases, and maintenance products are on hand in addition to the quality puffs, while the Humidor Cigar Club invites patrons into a filtered smoking room, equipped with private humidified lockers to stock their smoldering indulgences. Five LCD flat screens beam down upon the lounge's oversize ottomans and pool tables, and complimentary Internet access allows patrons to shop online for bulk boxes of Michael Bolton wigs.
At Illusion Optical, eyewear experts shepherd visitors through an enormous inventory of designer sunglasses and spectacles. Guests decorate their faces with ultramodern and classic designs from labels such as Coach, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, and Dolce & Gabbana.