In 1996, Scrapbook Traditions began in the basement of Tracy Gilley's home. A woman named Jackie Scott had hired Gilley to put together a scrapbook of her life and family history as a Christmas gift. In five short months, Gilley produced more than 950 pages that covered more than a century of the Scott family history. When Jackie died several years later, all 10 scrapbooks were put on display at her memorial; guests at the service pored over the books and Jackie's son expressed his immense gratitude to Gilley for compiling the family history.
Scrapbook Traditions believes in the importance of scrapbooking to preserve memories and record history for future generations. The store offers an array of courses to help scrapbookers get started as well as shelves full of supplies, ranging from sheets of colorful 12?x12? cardstock and sticky adhesives capable of mounting bites of pizza from a couple's first date.
Gazoodles swaddles pintsize progeny in the latest and tiniest trends, housing shelves that blossom with chic wearables for trendy boys (through size 12) and fashionable females (through size 14). Cloak adventurous tykes in the LeTop striped romper⎯horizontally lined with blues and greens and splashed with aquatic animals ($18.50)⎯and adorn mini fashionistas in the LeTop sleeveless beach dress splattered with pink hibiscus flowers ($18). The hooded LeTop Ship Ahoy cover-up ($17) prepares toddlers for beach outings, aquarium visits, and yacht races, and the Livie & Luca sandals accent delicate phalanges with a rouge petal design ($23.50). The baby boutique also stocks a selection of home accessories, such as picture frames and wall décor ($12+), which can be hung or chewed on during the teething phase.
Art is hard, but Uncorked Masterpiece eases the creation process with its lineup of relaxed, social painting classes and parties. Inside the artistic oasis, camps for kids help illuminate young minds, and ceramic and canvas painting classes for adults center around painting everyday household objects such as flower bouquets, wine bottles, or Fabergé eggs. Creative spirits are further kindled as of-age students bring their own alcoholic beverages to drink in class. Uncorked Masterpiece also opens its studio to parties for all occasions, such as birthdays, scout-troop meetings, and chain-gang reunions.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man the Greensboro and the new Winston-Salem locations, ready to answer questions and arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Master’s Fitness, LLC’s trainers earned the title of master by completing the Russian Kettlebell Challenge, certifying them to teach others to swing the weights around. Almost like a cannon ball with a handle, kettlebells use the simple physics of resistance training to tone the body with exercises such as swinging, tossing and catching, and lifting. The staff combine the interesting weights with their expertise in 45- to 60-minute workouts.