n Start your morning off right with a high-protein breakfast that will keep you energized for that 6 a.m. rush. Thankfully, Cobb County has the Marietta Diner and several Waffle Houses that serve up a delicious breakfast all day and all night. So if you’re part of the crowd that’s waiting outside the doors at 6 a.m., you can still get in a decent breakfast before braving the stampede. Or you can relax for an hour at the Marietta Diner after the 6 a.m. frenzy dies down and you’ve made your purchases. Their extensive menu should have plenty to fuel any shopper.
nPack a bag of nuts to carry with you. The nuts will help increase your energy levels throughout the day instead of relying on unhealthy snacks that are typical mall fare.
nThink comfort, not fashion! Make sure you wear your most comfortable shoes, running shoes if you have them. You may want to invest in arch supports to ensure you can make it through the day without wrecking your feet.
nWhen you feel the midday slump coming on, get a healthy shot of energy with a smoothie from Planet Smoothie. Try the Road Runner™ , which contains a BOOSTER BLAST™ with ginseng to fight fatigue and guarana, which is a natural caffeine. Or if you need some calm in your hectic day, stop by Tea and Traditions, located at 1000 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, for a relaxing brew of Orange Chamomile tea.
nNothing gives you an extra boost like a mid-afternoon massage. Stop by Polished Beauty Lounge for a pedicure with a healing foot massage. Their signature Barefoot at the Beach to Island Goddess treatment includes a papaya healing exfoliation scrub or lavender soothing sea salt scrub, a rejuvenating mineral mask for the feet, finished off with hot towels and a relaxing massage. Polished is located at 4500 West Village Place in Smyrna. Also, Chris Nicholson Salon and Spa offers chair massages for $1 per minute, or book ahead for a 30 minute refresher or pedicure. The salon is at 440 Ernest Barret Parkway in Kennesaw.
Did you survive? Congratulations. You deserve a drink. Stop by a local wine store on your way home and enjoy a libation.