Holistic Renaissance woman Vicky J. Oxner is a massage therapist, bodywork professional with energy-healing experience, and a yoga teacher. This medley of skills fits Oxner's philosophy: a blend of ancient knowledge and contemporary medicine can help prevent illness. Her prevention-based approach is especially evident in the meditation, prayer, and conscious-breathing sessions she leads. Not only does Vicky offer massages, yoga training, and chakra-adjusting treatments, but she also organizes wellness trips, such as women's retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
GalloLea Organics supplies tomato-pie enthusiasts with simple-to-make pizza kits, which create tantalizing entrees through in-home preparation and fresh ingredients. All kits include sauce, round parchment paper for preparation and cooking, and either whole-wheat or gluten-free dough. Kits produce a 12-inch pizza in 30 minutes, and while they do not include toppings, each package is embellished with recipe suggestions to encourage culinary masters to craft creative adornments from flavorful refrigerator items.
Since the first Fuddruckers opened its doors in 1980, the eatery has unabashedly proclaimed its signature sandwich to be the world's greatest hamburger. Thirty years and 140 franchised stores later lend some real weight to that claim. Using 100% USDA all-American premium cut beef, freshly baked buns, and a garden's worth of crispy vegetables on each burger, Fuddruckers has revolutionized the hamburger in North, Central, and South America. Their menu also includes a slew of specialty burgers that have undeniably shunned the beaten path, with beef substitutes that include buffalo burgers.
Waiting in the wings stands a supporting cast of American mainstays, including their hand-blended milkshake and the hot dogzilla, and families tuck into the classic drive-in delights alongside a host of arcade games and sports memorabilia as classic tunes play over loudspeakers.
Trained industry professionals at Asheville Performing Arts Academy cultivate creativity in fledgling scholars with weekly dance and drama classes. Patrons can enroll pint-size progenies in a semester of Kindermusik classes, introductory music courses designed to bolster their cognitive development and prepare them for potential careers as boat rowers and bus wheels. Designed for even younger tots, the school's Creative Arts Preschool program embraces dance, art, and drama to foster critical-thinking skills and boost confidence levels at an early age. Children may also opt to perfect their two-stepping abilities in a slew of classes—including ballet, Irish dance, and Broadway style—that cater to a variety of age groups and experience levels.
Alchemy Of The Heart and Soul owner Lewisa works as an intuitive advisor, helping clients navigate the obstacles in their lives through personal readings. Lewisa uses her background in the healing arts to provide an intuitive reading, which involves question-and-answer sessions that can instill joy, clarity, and fulfillment in the lives of her clients.
A graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Mark Read-Smith continues the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist whose research led her to believe that the body functions best when properly aligned. During his sessions, Mark studies each client’s alignment, considering the origins of each imbalance. Impeded mobility in the arms, for example, might originate in fascia tightness in the lower back, leading to compression in the shoulders that in turn dulls nerve communication to the arms. Sessions can be done individually or as part of The Basic 10 Series, a treatment program developed by Dr. Rolf for the complete restoration of bodily alignment. An FAQ page answers common questions such as, “How is it different than massage?” and, “I’m a caveman who just unthawed—is Rolfing right for me?” Click here for a video of Mark Read-Smith explaining the benefits of rolfing.