Dr. Beautiful's board-certified physician, Dr. Stephanie Gafford, embraces both the latest in aesthetic medicine and powerful natural approaches to beauty. She uses technology, such as ablative and nonablative Fraxel lasers, Liposonix ultrasonic energy, and Thermage radio frequency, to custom craft treatment plans that slim waists and fade wrinkles, acne, and skin discoloration. Dr. Gafford also beautifies clients with skincare products such as skin-lightening Obagi-C Rx serum, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, and Oxygenetix breathable foundation, whose formula acts as a second skin to cover up scars and marks resulting from nuzzling pet porcupines.
Float A Boat outfits adventurers with kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards to explore the waters of the Duck River. Riders can glide across the cool waters or search the banks for prehistoric paddleboat remains during all-day or half-day excursions. The rental company helps visitors plan their trips with a handy list of potential destinations, how long of a paddle it takes to get there, and how much time each trip normally takes.
The staff at Kaitlyn’s Loft bedecks their storefront and virtual shelves with colorful, inimitable gift items designed by name-brand manufacturers and personalized by the shop’s on-site engravers and monogrammers. The Simply Violet tote by Vera Bradley brandishes paisley patterns and ample storage space for well-written novels and unwritten autobiographies ($34.50), and the grapefruit body butter by Archipelago grants skin the gift of softness ($30). Toss around fresh greens with the handmade Soho salad servers ($40), or adorn fashion-forward appendages with glistening beads, charms, and pendants by Chamilia ($20+). The baseball bib shields wearers from spaghetti spills and foul balls, and the rubber duck hand wash swathes mitten fillers in soap and suds.
At the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa, a talented staff of experienced skinologists is led by Dr. Dean Kane, who boasts extensive training, many years of experience, and the loyalty of a robot army. Each visitor will receive a skin analysis and summer glow microderm petite facial, which adds an immediate shimmer to the skin. A microdermabrasion treatment removes the dead outer layer of skin, while a vitamin C mask provides protection from the angry sun with an infusion of antioxidants and a retractable face parasol. A nourishing moisturizer treatment seals in a glowing appearance while adding a protective layer of sun block. Additionally, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy helpful service while soaking in the striking décor of a high-tech facility that’s impervious to meteor attacks.
Nestled into the countryside around the basin of the Appalachian mountains, the Blackberry Ridge Golf Club's championship course undulates through hills, rivers, and dense forest. Despite its changes in elevation, the Club prides itself on maintaining speedy greens and a few less-than-forgiving fairways, as showcased on the signature 600-yard par 5. Though the course displays few hazards aside from the natural bodies of water and sentient trees that offer caddy tips on multiple holes, the subtle gradients of the terrain offer an entirely different set of challenges. Off the course, a driving range provides golfers with a chance to practice their skills, and the clubhouse features a snack bar with homemade barbecue sandwiches, ice cold beers, and other snacks.
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Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.