The smell of allnatural shampoo hits you when you walk into the lobby of Doug’s 2 Salon and Spa. The second you breathe it in, you are transported to a world of pampering, relaxation and the coveted “me time.” That’s just the experience owner and operator Doug Rice wants you to have when you enter his salon.
For Nate Johnson, owner and tattoo artist at Halcyon Tattoo Studio, it is all about the ritual: he smokes a cigarette before every tattoo. “It just relaxes me, because this is something permanent on people and being that it is permanent I want to be relaxed and in the right mindset,” said Johnson. He meticulously arranges his ink caps as his subject waits patiently for the tattooing process to begin. Johnson waits to pour the pigment until he is ready to start. He says there are contaminants in the air that you can’t see and they aren’t good for an open wound.
It’s that time of the year again in the River Region—a time when great art, food and music combine in one fabulous event to raise money for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready forArt Auction 2018! The museum’s Art Auction is a biennial fundraising event that has become a beloved and highly anticipated evening in our area.This year marks the 14th Art Auction, which will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Emily Flowers, director of development at the museum, outlined some of the changes and exciting new developments that are in the works.
It is a rare thing to be able to align your passion with your job and be able to help people along the way, but Dr. Ruth Penton Polson is doing just that. With her athleisure brand, REP Active Art, Ruth found a way to combine her love of art and fitness with inspiring and empowering women to be confidently expressive and to find their voice and inner strength. She puts that same energy into raising her daughter, Emma, who is the “E” in REP.
Tucked away on Mulberry Street near Old Cloverdale is a little house with a brightly, multicolored painted awning. It’s not your typical storefront- which is fitting- because Johnny Marvin’s Paint and Furniture is a truly unique place. Besides being Montgomery’s only stockist of the much-sought-after Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and supplies, it is the home away from home for a small group of artisans who unabashedly refer to Johnny Marvin’s as their “happy place.”
You may get some weird looks if you go to your local grocery store in pajamas, but what if the store came to you? Shopping from your comfy couch, waiting for your bread and milk to be delivered to your door—yes, please! One company makes that happen and has now expanded into the River Region. Shipt, a grocery delivery company, makes your dreams come true...if your dreams include having your groceries at your door in about an hour.
It started with one. One doctor. One registered nurse. One staff member to handle patient check-in, billing and scheduling. One small family. One common goal to make a positive impact on the city of Montgomery.
It’s 10:32, and you’ve already been sitting in your doctor’s office for 82 minutes. You’re sick, miserable, and you’d rather be in your pajamas with a bowl of chicken noodle soup than sitting in this hard, plastic chair next to the guy who’s hacking and sneezing. These wait times are a shared frustration for all of us. What can you do to avoid this? One option is to consider visiting a nurse practitioner.
Geoffrey Sherman has been the Producing Artistic Director at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival since 2005. A native of London, Sherman has been in Montgomery for almost 13 years, and will soon retire, his last directorial production being Mary Poppins, scheduled to run through July.
Henry Pugh has been playing music for as long as he can remember. He started playing music at 5 years old in the church and played in his first band with grown musicians when he was 12. Now, in his late 70s, Henry still plays four nights a week, on average. That usually entails a three-night stint playing for his many fans at Sous La Terre, and another playing at private events or at other music venues in town.