Bobby and Alice Caston—he a homeopath and she a cosmetologist—have spent 20 years turning All Natural Health & Beauty Center into a haven for organic foods, natural supplements, and environmentally friendly body products. Freshen up underarms with a Kiss My Face patchouli deodorant stick ($5.99), a blend of odor-fighting liquefied crystal stones that was never tested on animals and never cheated off animals on its tests. Mouths rejoice at the touch of Crazy Rumors juicy lip balm, available in lemon and gumball scents ($3.49). The BioKleen all-purpose cleaner allows eco-conscious houses to look their best ($8.29), and Zuke's Mini Bakes Turkey 'n' Taterz dog treats can be used to reward pups for sorting the recycling ($5.89). Atkins Nutritionals Day Break bars brighten afternoons with bursts of energy packed into flavor slabs in varieties such as cranberry almond and cinnamon bun ($7.69+/five-pack box). Targeted at overstimulated kids, the Abra Therapeutics Aromasaurus Rex calming aromatherapy bath ($12.99) turns tub time into a soothing, scented bit of respite.
Carolina Springs Golf Club follows a 6,803-yard path of tree-lined fairways and greens stationed around an array of water hazards to form an 18-hole, par 72 course. Course architect Russell Breeden incorporated eight ponds into the layout, which come into play on nine holes. At the par-four 12th hole—the course's hardest-rated hole—a pear-shaped pond hugs the inside of the fairway as it bends sharply to the right, adding an element of risk for players who try to cut the corner with their tee shot, though doing so will give them a much better look at a bashful green that hides behind three sand traps and trust issues.
Golfers can prepare for rounds at Carolina Springs' driving range and chipping and putting areas. After rounds, guests can unwind at the Bar and Grill, where a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and salads replenishes weary muscles and malnourished golf carts.
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The array of apparel and accessories at TJ’z Findz defies any classification other than "on trend." Within its walls, shoppers will find neatly folded rows of LA Idol jeans. They’re right alongside studded purses, dresses with crocheted tops and flowing skirts, and owl pendants encrusted with jewels. Gifts such as cuddly, colorful stuffed animals and perfume are also collected by TJ’z discerning eye.
Déjà Vu Consignments has prepped patrons for fancy nights out and sharp-dressed strolls with a collection of designer and name-brand clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more. Pairing classic pieces such as an Ann Taylor Loft skirt ($19) with a woven handbag from Kate Spade ($49) creates office-appropriate ensembles, while flirty dresses from labels such as BCBG, Gucci, and Lilly Pulitzer ($49.75) suit up partiers with town-painting garments. Versatile Brighton silver earrings ($12+) adorn casual outfits as well as special occasion Darth Vader helms, and sporting Tory Burch sandals ($119) while attempting a triple-axel ensures nearby figure skaters will be doubly impressed.
Let's Dance's dedicated team of instructors boasts a remarkable breadth of professional-dance accolades, including being voted Best Dance Studio by The Greenville News in 2010 and 2011. From a finalist appearance on So You Think You Can Dance to years of Broadway touring, the team shares a wealth of experience in a wide range of disciplines—ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern, to name a few. At their spacious studio, they call upon shared wisdom and passion to develop pint-sized dancers into stars like themselves. Each of their studio’s dance rooms is outfitted with a one-way glass observation window, which gives parents the chance to watch their budding performers spin, twirl, or interrogate uncooperative tap shoes. Costumes and music lend an air of age-appropriate elegance or whimsy to the proceedings, and raised Marley dance surfaces reduce the chance of slippage or injury.
With a focus on full-body training rather than muscle-isolating machines, Vaughn Bethell’s sprawling 12,000-square-foot gym eschews the traditional rows of high-tech equipment for functional gear such as giant tires, kicking bags, and training ropes. Of course, Bethell—a qualifying World Cup soccer player who has trained many pro-athletes-to-be—believes that the best piece of equipment is the human body itself. He relies on his bevy of fitness-related certifications to craft effective exercises that draw from the body’s own weight to create muscle-toning resistance. He uses these functional movements in a variety of services at his high-ceilinged studio, including athlete training, women’s boot camps, and personal-training sessions.
Bethell also prides himself on cultivating a welcoming nature in his gym, inviting guests to cool down in the lounges or showers before playing a round on the ping-pong tables or dead-lifting the communal computers.