At Aria Skin and Laser Spa in Chapel Hill and Somalase in Sanford, Medical Director Dr. Ajay Ajmani oversees a team of tech-savvy aestheticians who beautify and protect the epidermis with facials, laser treatments, and massages. During microdermabrasions, a skilled technician employs a diamond tip to control the seven seas and exfoliate the upper strata of damaged skin, revealing a youthful acreage of epidermis. Laser treatments for pigmentation correction, hair removal, and skin tightening enlist powerful YAG lasers to beautify the epidermis. Facials reinvigorate visages with an eye treatment, custom mask, neck-and-hand massage, moisturizer, and a restraining order against the sun.
Phalanx CrossFit is christened after the ancient Greek word meaning "a group of individuals working closely together to achieve a common purpose." Here, enthusiastic trainers encourage students to help keep one another motivated in the intimate, no-frills gym to up their fitness and overall quality of life. Surrounded by massive tires, kettlebells, and pull-up bars, Zack and Tammy Luikart, and their staff of seasoned fellow trainers guide students of all athletic backgrounds through high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The routines are infused with functional exercises such as weightlifting, running, and jumping, and vary from day to day to prevent workout burnout. In addition to whipping them into shape, the trainers also provide students with tips on nutrition and injury prevention, suggesting therapeutic stretches and the best way to terminate a treadmill you suspect is plotting to tie your shoelaces together.
The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.
When they’re not focused on navigating the complex structure of the human ankle, the skilled physicians of Central Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat call on their advanced medical training to heal conditions that range from vertigo to dry skin. There’s even a pediatric team that tends to younger patients, using appropriately scaled stethescopes to check their heart rates and shouting volume. Medical aesthetician Julie Strickland employs cosmetic injections such as Botox to help her clients achieve their dream look. Once firm and glowing skin is attained, Obagi skincare products and chemical peels can keep it looking fresh for years to come.
Crooked Creek Golf Club blankets the rolling Carolina countryside with a 6,271-yard layout that challenges golfers with dramatic elevation changes and high-risk high-reward opportunities. The longer of the two halves, the front nine showcases numerous shot-making opportunities, including the drive on the par-four third hole, where golfers must choose to play it safe or try to cut the corner on a water hazard that hugs the left side.
Dramatic elevation changes await on the course’s second act, where the rolling terrain is intersected by multiple water hazards and sweeping views of the surrounding topography. After a day at the links, golfers can refuel with a cheeseburger or a platter of torn up scorecards at Club’s restaurant, The Turning Point Grill.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,271 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Clients who walk into Oasis Eye Care find a softly glowing emporium of eyewear, with many designs from upscale makers such as Prada, Gucci, Versace, and Tag Heuer. The centers make sure to keep plenty of options for women, men, and kids in stock at all times. Dr. Ahmed Said and his team make sure to get clients into those frames fast by guaranteeing to see each patient within no more than 10 minutes of their scheduled appointment. They also welcome them back again and again by offering to clean, align, and adjust each pair of frames they sell until the owners replace them or get their eyes replaced with lasers.