Aisha Temple, owner and operator of Temple Aesthetics The Sacred Skin Care Studio, combines aesthetic expertise with a passion for herbal and holistic wellness in her natural-beauty services. In addition to being a licensed aesthetician and manicurist, Temple is a member of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, a natural fit for someone with a background in herbalism. Advanced microdermabrasion and light-therapy treatments even skin tone and discoloration while reducing the appearance of fine lines, and botanically enriched facial treatments for men and women soothe skin. As a certified oncology aesthetician, Temple tends to cancer patients with organic and natural oncology skincare designed especially to ease chemotherapy’s effects on the skin by using healing touch and herbs. In addition to working from her low-lit, brick-walled hideaway, Temple offers mobile beauty services for bridal parties, private events, and sports teams looking to bond on the road.
Brian and Tiffany Lee, the husband-and-wife team behind Green Room Bistro & Bar, prepare familiar comfort-cuisine using ingredients that stand up to scrutiny. They source many ingredients locally, from the bison that goes into juicy burgers to the local feta cheese in freshly tossed salads. Fresh, nitrate-free meats gain deep flavor in the smoker before they're layered onto deli sandwiches.
Though the menu has lots of healthy options, it also has an indulgent side—take the smoked fried chicken, for example, which gets slow-smoked before it's battered for maximum flavor. Belgian-style pommes frites are another indulgent specialty; they're cut by hand, fried twice in beef tallow, and served with a choice of 11 sauces. “If you're going to pay the calorie penalty for something fried, it might as well be really tasty,” Brain told the Mountain Xpress.
The guides who founded Better Tours of Asheville draw on experience leading excursions in far-flung locations in Puerto Rico, France, and Italy. Now, they accompany groups past the basilica and other historical buildings in the town, delivering stories developed through constant research and an ability to smell fossils. The guides divulge colorful tidbits of local history during pub crawls through storied taverns with group drink specials and allude to haunting tragedies along ghost tours that occasionally yield eerie photos of orbs, wisps, and buildings an inch from where they normally are.
Renaissance-style portraits and a scrolled plaque reading "Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar" give an Old World feel to the tavern-style space—fitting for a wine bar nestled within Treasure Keepers, an estate sale and consignment shop chock full of antique goods. As customers sip domestic and imported white or red wines from France, Monterey, or Germany, tapestry-cushioned seating relieves feet tired of supporting your weight and carrying you through hopscotch tournaments. Small plates such as an olive-oil drizzled baguette or a medley of Mediterranean olives rest on dark-grained tables, waiting to be paired with spirits.
The sushi and hibachi chefs at Hana Japanese Restaurant—formerly known as Kubo's—create dishes that are as artistically impressive as the decor. Beneath the glow of star-shaped light fixtures and neon backlighting, plates hold statue-like entrees crafted out of fresh seafood and vegetables. An aquarium and a waterfall landscape enliven the sushi bar, which glistens with delicate layers of crab, yellowtail, and salmon. Overhead, you'll see a dark-blue panel emanating pinpricks of light that resemble stars in the night sky or the distant flashlights of villagers hunting down Godzilla.