The nurse practitioners at Spindale Family Laser & Cosmetic Center brandish a Candela 1064 Nd YAG laser to keep skin free of unwanted marks and textures. The machine’s cryogen cools skin as the laser pulses, which keeps the client as comfortable as possible as the light erases hair, visible veins, acne scars, or stretch marks. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tightens skin on faces and necks, and smoothes beard bumps. The clinic also provides Botox services and products by VI Derm. Like the Candela machine, VI Derm's facial peel helps erase hyperpigmentation, freckles, and shadows that don’t go away when the sun comes out.
When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
Taking a note out of the playbook from many police academies and military special operations units, CrossFit Pisgah’s seasoned trainers lead small groups through a constantly rotating fitness regimen that fuses cardio work and strength training for a highly intense total body workout. Inside the no-frills gym, participants—with the encouragement of motivational instructors and other students—perform functional exercises based of off movements found in everyday life, from squats reminiscent of picking up heavy laundry baskets to weight lifts evocative of hoisting lazy husbands onto the roof to clean the gutters.