The tree-topped slopes of the Uwharrie Mountains lead to the observation decks of Stony Mountain Vineyards, where the Furr family produces traditional European red and white wines. In addition to popular varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, syrah, sangiovese, chardonnay, and riesling, the winery produces spirited libations made from raspberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, and muscadines. Visitors intrigued by the fruity wines can visit the winery for wine tastings, informative tours, and a panoramic view of the Uwharrie Mountains.
Some people are born with a misplaced overabundance of self-confidence, as the popularity of karaoke bars can attest, but most develop the trait by accomplishing feats they never believed they were capable of. The black-belt-wearing, championship-winning instructors that helm ATA Karate?s 6 locations seek to foster that self-confidence by teaching students the art of self-defense in its many forms, including tae kwon do and Krav Maga. With a client base ranging from toddlers to adults, the ATA staff keeps people empowered and fit by demonstrating effective ways to properly punch, kick, and look cool in slow motion. In addition to teaching martial arts, instructors host leadership programs that show kids how to avoid the perils of peer pressure and adults how to maintain order in their lives. They also cover topics such as dealing with bullies and eliminating child abductions in a series of regular workshops.
Jessica has a design degree, a love for found objects, and a plan to change the world. That's why she founded Trashed, a critically acclaimed studio where visitors create jewelry and decor items from recycled materials. Classes fall into three main categories: Sip & Style sessions are BYOB, meaning you’re welcome to bring your own friend named Bruce; kids gather for eight-session Litterbugs courses; and Friday mornings are reserved for Coffee & Crafts. The studio also can be used for private events and cupcake-fueled birthday parties.
Courses at Freedom Firearms LLC cover everything from basic to advanced firearm techniques during a one-day session held within the Concord, North Carolina area. Over two or three afternoons, NRA-certified instructors impart skills such as handgun safety, two-handed standing positions, speed reloading, and pistol cleaning tips in a comfortable environment. The team also specializes in on-site private instruction and woman's self-defense, including an in-home course during which guests learn about non-lethal means of protection such as pepper sprays and tasers. Students can also purchase a rental package if they do not have a firearm of their own.
Range visitors browse a selection of more than 65 rental guns of assorted calibers, or bring their own pistols or rifles from home.
Aside from ensuring safety at the range, the staff conducts training sessions, including a ladies AWARE course that covers basic skills. The facility also houses a gun shop, where specialists help customers sort through thousands of firearms as well as fishing gear and live bait.
Although the participants in Concord Speedway's Cupid Dash 5K move slower than the racecars that normally loop around the track, there's still fun to be had. Runners receive a T-shirt, some fresh air that probably traveled all the way from space, and the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.