Board-certified podiatrists Drs. Glenn and Tomeko McPhillips keep customers safely putting one foot in front of the other with personalized podiatric care and custom orthotics measured in a welcoming, comfortable office. During the initial consultation, a doctor scrutinizes feet from heel to toe, then takes custom molds of paws so that orthotics will fit every curve, bridge, and toe overpass. Using the molds, shoe-lining professionals craft inserts out of rigid, soft, or semirigid materials that will arrive in about two weeks to correct abnormal gaits and relieve foot pain. Customers who choose two pairs of orthotics receive one designed to fit inside casual or athletic kicks and another for dress shoes, customized to keep up with the rigors of ballroom dancing or formal grape stomping.
The Selma Children’s Museum encourages children to explore their vast imagination while fostering an educational spirit with fun, hands-on activites. Parents can participate or watch as children peruse the 10 exhibits while learning about time zones, dinosaurs, cooking, and more. Blossoming chefs can craft pretend pizzas while following instructions and using imitation ingredients, while mindsplorers can hop into an inflatable raft to discover facts about the Alabama River, which flows from Mobile Bay all the way up to Alabama’s North Pole fortress. Tykes can tout their artistic sides with the Nature Impression exhibits, where they can use crayons and paper to make colorful rubbings of a favorite fossil.
As the sun rises over the forested wetlands of Dallas County, a group of camouflaged hunters leads dogs to a blind. From their perch, the shooters wait to spot passels of ducks or pheasants. The gunmen raise their rifles. They aim. Then they fire. Their feathered bounty falls from the sky.
Scenes such as this are business as usual during the autumn months at Central Alabama Fowl Preserve. There, staffers help outfit hunters with the amenities needed for a successful day, including a lodge equipped with bedrooms, a kitchen, and a social area where groups can unwind. On the offseason, the preserve opens a skeet-shooting range to help clients keep their aim sharp.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds are spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
What began as Anita Gibson's struggling, two-person family business has evolved into Advanced Weight Loss Clinics, an organization with 17 corporately owned clinics and 3 franchise locations spread throughout the southeastern United States. Each center's team of doctors and weight-loss specialists encourages clients to win a similarly daunting battle by creating personalized plans for success. The program incorporates vitamins, supplements, and appetite suppressants with a low-calorie, low-fat meal plan that discourages using soft-serve ice cream as toothpaste.
At Smart Skin Spa and Salon, skilled stylists and aestheticians transform scalps and faces into stunning works of art with an extensive selection of treatments and services. Visitors melt away the cares of the workday with a soothing massage, techs zap age spots with high-tech photofacials, and unwanted follicles disappear with laser hair-removal procedures. Once skin and body procedures are done, clients can turn to the style team for hair-straightening treatments, highlights, and chic cuts.