New business offers pedicures, manicures and facials

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By John Barnhart

Although you would never guess it to look at her, Michelle Carter used to be a long-haul truck driver. She spent eight years driving 18-wheelers.

"It's a rough job, but it's an interesting job," she commented.

Now, she owns her own business, which provides pedicures, manicures and facials, among other things. It opened last month on Crenshaw Avenue, in the same building that houses Blue Ridge Fitness, across the street from the Duchess of Bedford.

"I always kept my nails done while I was in the truck," Carter said, explaining why she started this sort of business.

She's had the business bug for some time and left truck driving to go to a school in Lynchburg to learn manicure and pedicure work. Then, with the help of her husband, Robert Carter, she got the business going.

Robert isn't in business with her, he's a corrections officer and a sergeant with Bedford's National Guard company. However, his work was vital to get the business up and running. He got up on the building's roof and took down the old sign. He also did a tremendous amount of work inside, getting the building's interior in shape.

"I couldn't have done any of this without him," Michelle Carter commented.

The business has a variety of offerings.

Brandy Kelly, a state board certified massage therapist, offers massages.

Pam Poole teaches aerobics classes. Poole has taught aerobics classes for eight years and it was a personal success that got her into this line of work. She hit 210 pounds and decided to join the YMCA. Eventually she became certified through the Y as an aerobics instructor and now holds her certification through Fitour, a national fitness organization.

Poole said she had to learn human anatomy and how to modify routines to accommodate various fitness levels. She said she can do body fat analyses and fitness analyses.

The classes are for both men and women and anyone at least 10-years-old is welcome. There is no upper age limit and she said she has experience teaching aerobic workouts for the elderly.

"I love working with senior citizens," she said.

Poole also said she likes children and enjoys serving as an elementary school substitute teacher.

She offers kick boxing and two varieties of aerobics. One is called "Boot Camp."

"It's where she works you to death, depending on where your level is," Carter said.

Her husband has been in that class.

"It worked him," she commented.

Poole's classes are on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Carter said she may offer a Sunday evening class, depending on interest.

In addition, Carter T's has a consignment shop. Presently she has home decor items, such as pictures, rugs, bedspreads and curtains. She plans to accept clothing later.

Another feature will be a tanning bed.

Carter T's is open from 2 until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The consignment shop is open on the same days from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.