The quadrilateral connoisseurs at the frugal framer perform all production in-house to ensure that posters, memorabilia, and artwork are encased in the finest shells. The skilled craftspeople specialize in custom framing, a process in which they design, size, and construct picture cocoons based on the dimensions, characteristics, and food allergies of the artwork. Customers have their choice of frames ($5+/ft.), mats, glazing, and moulding material. Box experts can forge a standard 8”x10” frame with matting for laundry folding certificates ($40 on average), or construct a 16”x20” edifice with a wooden frame, mat, backing, and regular glazing for prized post-it note ideas ($80 average). The frugal framer will also equip a 26”x34” piece of art, raised and floated on a rag mat with spacers ($300 average), or enshrine pieces in specialty casings such as shadow boxes with UV-blocking glass.
Practicing yoga was one of the first steps to Eric Seiler's fascination with healthy body alignment. He quickly became engrossed in the study of rolfing to complement his mastery of poses, and today counsels others with Dr. Ida P. Rolf's methods. The techniques are geared toward healthier posture and increased physical capability—after detecting areas of gathered tension and compression, Eric seeks to correct these problems through a mix of focused, hands-on pressure and lessons in movement. His warm attitude and expertise can lead clients on a progressive path toward enhanced mobility, as well as relief from muscle pain and various conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
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.
With experience shooting photos around the globe and with a degree in photojournalism from Gardner-Webb University, Sarajane Case produces nuanced photographs that highlight the beauty of her subjects against naturally evocative backdrops. She captures candid shots that reflect a genuine mood—happy and jovial, or even sweetly melancholy—in spaces where her clients feel most comfortable. And whether she's working with a couple or an individual, Sarajane keeps things light during photo shoots in order to draw out her clients' natural smiles and postures. Brides, couples, and women looking for boudoir shots can seek out her friendly services.
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.
Printville's papyrus professionals provide an accommodating array of printing, copying, and mailing services with an expert emphasis on reliability and lightning-fast work. Patrons can personalize an aesthetically pleasing assortment of posters ($49 for 24''x36'' with foam mounting, $34 without mounting) and postcards (starting at $69 for 250) to alert community consumers to huge sales, upcoming art shows, and how Tony Blair used to look with a unibrow.