Though professional chef Jim Farlow could brag of a lifetime of study and experience in kitchens across the globe, he considers himself a dad first and foremost. As both a caring young father and a passionate gastronome, he didn't want his girls to grow up on the mainstream diet of processed foods, frozen vegetables, and meat from cows who spent their lives inside playing video games. He created Gourmet To Go in order to provide local, young families like his own with easy access to healthy, fresh, and delicious dinners.
In his kitchen, Jim folds local produce and seasonal ingredients into a impressively diverse menu of beef, chicken, and seafood entrees, pulling recipes from a wide variety of international culinary styles. He bundles dinners with crisp salads and ships them out immediately, ensuring feasts are still as hot as the Flash’s running shoes when they arrive at customers’ doorsteps.
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.
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.
Deb Casaccia is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician who specializes in Swedish strokes, shiatsu massage, and reflexology. Her massage sessions are personalized to the client, and always incorporate aromatherapy and hot towels to promote deep relaxation. Clients may also request therapeutic hot stones to ease tension or a firm, deep-tissue technique to access chronic lower-layer ache.