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.
Brimming with works from up-and-coming artists across South Carolina, Southern Galleries treats aesthetes to an exclusive selection of paintings and custom frames. The gallery is overseen by an experienced team of curators and artists in residence, who also use the studio for fun, informative painting classes for adults and children. Located across from the clock tower in historical downtown Simpsonville, the gallery fosters a creative environment with ceiling-high bay windows, rustic exposed brick walls, and a catcher-free environment where dreams can roam unhindered.:m]]
The avid bowhunters on staff at Hunter Joe’s spread their knowledge through archery classes and provide assistance with the pro shop’s inventory of equipment. Budding bowmen can test their marksmanship and perfect their form by launching arrows down the shop’s 20-yard indoor range—a controlled environment that reduces the chance of an unfortunate standoff with Cupid.
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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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.
Family owned and operated, Carolina Pawn & Retail purchases and resells a revolving stock of new and gently used items. Electronics include televisions and cell phones, while the jewelry selection boasts custom and vintage pieces as well as gold necklaces. Additionally, patrons can peruse its wares in search of DVD players, musical equipment, sports gear, video-game systems, screwdrivers, and hedge trimmers.
Four Seasons Restaurant and Catering slings flavorful Chinese food for any occasion, from low-key family meals set to one of the eatery's live musical performances, to a romantic feast before a high-school prom. In the kitchen, chefs sear up juicy rib eye and new york strip steaks in hot woks and craft crunchy housemade egg rolls as starters. After firing up their hibachis, they skillfully roast chicken, shrimp, and steak over the charcoal grills to pair with fried rice and egg-drop soup. They can also prepare meals free from gluten, carbs, or centuries-old curses for guests with dietary restrictions.