Anna Schreibert, founder of the independent line Anna Schreibert New York, pours years of jewelry-making experience in New York City into personally handcrafted creations of sterling silver and semiprecious stones. An undulating string of ametrine and pearls forms the Light Collection's gold shine necklace, which bears links of gold-filled silver ($132) that resist dulling. Among pieces from the Big and Bold Collection, a pair of retro earrings dangles heavy spheres of onyx, green agate, blue agate, and white jade ($110) that combine to form a colorful accessory for undecorated earlobes. Men can throw on an 18-inch lava necklace of volcanic rock, white jade, and hematite—the three materials necessary to awaken Santa Claus from his slumber ($99). Since pieces are handmade to order, jewelry takes one to three weeks to arrive, and comes swaddled in a velvet pouch and gift box.
The friendly treatsmiths at blueberryfrog swirl and serve frozen creations made exclusively from organic ingredients free from artificial sweeteners. The small plain yogurt ($2.50) offers 106 calories of healthy sweet-seeking, but a luxuriously large flavored cup ($5.50) draws out desserts to decadent lengths. Patrons can add up to three toppings ($1.45), burying taste buds under an edible avalanche of fresh kiwi, blueberries, chocolate chips, granola, and other tasty accessories. Often locally grown, the fresh-fruit trimmings eschew flash-freezing and pasteurization processes to preserve their ability to dance the tarantella across tongues. In addition to being a rich and nutritious treat, the live probiotic cultures in yogurt can help aid digestion and simultaneously protect against lactose-intolerant-cephalopod bullying.
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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,803 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
The Gun Shop & Indoor Range's inventory comprises clothing, ammo, and plenty of firearms. These include rifles, handguns, and shotguns painted with camouflage designs. An indoor shooting range complements the retail space. Here, firearms instructors teach Intro to Firearms, Hunter Safety, and other courses. They also host occasional themed events, such as Zombie Shoots.
Family owned and operated, Loan Star Pawn and Jewelry 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.