Merle Norman Day Spa and Boutique's beauty specialists are the three graces of the Merle Norman brand, whose American-made tonics have nourished skin since 1931. Owner Shannon Burroughs Mangrum leads the trio with more than a decade of experience and two diplomas folded into an imposing origami saber. Relying on her clinical aesthetics degree from Jon Nave University, she safely blends rejuvenating chemical compounds into five types of facial peels, and mans mechanical devices that gently exfoliate dead skin or cover it in bronzer. Her degree in permanent cosmetics from the Texas Institute of Permanent Cosmetics focused on the OSHA and CDC safety guidelines for an art that helps those with allergies, loss of motor abilities, or a lack of free time create enduring beauty. Associate Alyssa lends her nimble fingers to more conventional makeovers that will wash off after nights out under a waterfall, as well as treatments that create smooth skin all over the body and relaxed muscles underneath.
Tending fires of 1,300 degrees, the artisans of Designs by Sylvanye Glass Studio create jewelry, glass art, and dishware from molten materials. Their students, who range from aged 9 to adult, learn to use cutting systems, grinding equipment, and designing tools as they build their own pieces in a safe and supportive environment.
For inspiration or purchase, shelves and shelves of luminescent custom designs inhabit the studio's gallery and workspaces. The school also keeps independent artisans supplied with innovative products, including the pint-size MicroKiln, designed for use in a standard microwave oven.
At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare ($4.99 per person over 10 years of age), filling bellies like a pouch-stuffing kangaroo preparing to weather the harsh Australian winter. Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Mary Michael Designs carries more than 30 brands, including Trollbeads, which Mary Michael Designs peddles as the area's only Gold Level Trollbeads retailer. Personalize a set of Trollbeads ($28+), embroider key chains ($12), try on a pair of Aroma Home slippers ($25), or embroider the name of a favorite sandwich on any one of Mary Michael’s collections of duffle bags, baby bibs, backpacks and totes. Mary Michael Designs, located in a converted, residential house, will wrap all purchases for free.
Tell us about your business.
I'm a well-known guitar teacher on the internet who provides lessons for people in Smyrna, Tennessee and all over the globe, using Skype and FaceTime video-conferencing platforms.
What makes your business stand out?
[I give] quality instruction, with 10 plus years of one-on-one [teaching] experience.
What inspired you (or the owner) to start or run this business?
I always wanted a music store growing up. After working for a music store, I realized that the real money is made in the servicing department. I'm very gifted on the guitar, and not every great guitarist has the communication edge and ability to teach. Some of my musical influences are Tommy Emmanuel, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and John Mayer.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
When [a student] says they can't, yet they do after a little coaching.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing people's lives enriched through learning music.