Michael Hicks took his first behind-the-scenes restaurant job at the age of 15 as a dishwasher for Applebee's. But since being an electronic appliance is an exhausting occupation, he soon realized his interest really lay in cooking, and he moved from the sink to the cutting board. He went on to hone his skills at Capri's and The Blue Heron before enrolling at the Culinary Institute at Carolina in 2003. At DeLucca's Italian Grill, Hicks and his tight-knit crew concoct sumptuous entrees such as slow-roasted osso buco, veal parmesan, and pumpkin ravioli made by hand. They also hand-toss pizza and whip up warm soups such as chicken with gnocchi. An inviting space with ruddy hardwood floors, candles flecking tables, and ochre walls, the dining room falls in line with the elegance of Hicks’s food.
Trained in the art of sausage making, German-born Wilfried Huller put his skills to use by opening a butcher shop in 1968. The business expanded into a restaurant and moved its current location, where mugs sing glassy songs in toasts over brimming plates of Wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. A German-style buffet sets forth an endless parade of steam, which hints at meats free of MSG, mixed with fistfuls of spices, and smoked over natural hardwood. Cool suds spill forth from bottles and taps, fueling revelry with honey-hued wheat beers from Franziskaner and Maisel. The onsite butcher shop sends homemade sausages with guests eager to enjoy them in the comfort of vacationing neighbors' kitchens.
As the Bobcats and Pistons warm up their anti-grav tendons and sneaker squeaks for the 2010 NBA season with a preseason game, they're sure to delight fans with deft dribbles, rim-rattling body dunks, and delicious cherry turnovers. Your angled view of the court from seating sections 102–103, 107–108, 111–112, or 116–117 will provide unobstructed vantage points of the basketballers below as they sweat up their skivvies while making tricky behind-the-back punts, scoring quadruple point power-ups, and occasionally unlocking multi-ball mode.
With more than 35 years of kid-entertaining experience, the friendly staff at The Little Gym provide a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Visiting youngsters glean skills and confidence while participating in hands-on activities that help enhance emotional, intellectual, and social skills. During classes full of physical activity, 4 to 12 year olds can learn to focus minds and bodies through the art of karate; 3 to 12 year olds learn to summon rain and showers of candy through dance. When four consecutive weeks of engaging exercises have left young ones yearning for more, the annual membership allows for eleven more months of exploration and growth. Gymnastics, sports skills, and parent/child classes for babies are also offered. Check the schedules for Columbia and Lexington for availability and call ahead for reservations.
Infinite Yoga's certified instructor, Maxine Deutschendorf, cultivates relaxation, balance, and holistic wellness by teaching an array of yoga classes that accommodate students of all skill levels. Aspiring yogis dissolve stress and limber muscles during 75-minute weekly yoga classes or two-hour weekend sessions that incorporate meditative Asana poses and focused Pranayama-breathing techniques. Specialized one-hour men's yoga sessions pinpoint traditionally overworked areas such as the hips, lower back, and mustache to melt away aches and trigger circulation. Coworkers can collectively harness energy and increase concentration with Infinite Yoga’s workplace yoga, which builds camaraderie and can boost productivity from often-idle paperclip sculptures.
The professionals at Accurate Diagnostics answer medical queries through dependable and timely medical testing. Lab technicians paint an accurate picture of cholesterol levels, thyroid functioning, and liver health, while also offering DNA testing services. Accurate Diagnostics can also conduct drug and alcohol testing for employers, and energize patients with supplemental B12 injections.